2011 Golden Heart winner Máire Claremont first fell in love with Mr. Rochester, not Mr. Darcy. Drawn to his dark snark, she longed to find a tortured hero of her own… until she realized the ramifications of Mr. Rochester locking his frst wife up in his attic. Discovering the errors of her ways, Máire now looks for a real-life Darcy and creates deliciously dark heroes on the page. Oh, and she wants everyone to know her name is pronounced Moira. Her parents just had to give her an Irish Gaelic name.
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You have changed my life and filled it with wonder. I thought all was lost. That I would never be free or escape my grief. It seemed as if I would never break away from my prison and I would be a captive all my days. I even believed I deserved to be there, in the asylum. But you, in your infinite goodness, showed me that I deserved only love.
The love you have given me taught me that no matter what we have done or what our pasts have held, we are all worthy. So many people will seek the love we have, and possibly never find it. But we refused to give up. Even after I was certain I could never have you. I married first for duty and now I have had the chance to marry for my heart.
Every day I am blessed. Blessed to have a man as caring and determined as you. When I fell, you were there to carry me. Now, that I am strong, you are there to walk beside me. I could never dream that I would have such a companion to spend my life with.
Fate brought us together as children, immediately awaking an affinity between us. And while it seemed we would be forever asunder, fate had a different plan. Thank you my love for having the strength to face your demons and help me battle mine. Thank you for your courage. It has given me courage. Thank you for being loving, beautiful you. I know that our child will grow into the most wonderful of beings with our love. My joy cannot be expressed in something so simple as words. So, I give my heart in your keeping, knowing it will be cherished and protected always.
The best is yet to come, my love.
Check out Eva and Ian's love story in The Dark Lady
The Victorian era was full of majestic beauty and scandalous secrets—a time when corsets were the least of a woman’s restrictions, and men could kill or be killed in the name of honor....
Lord Ian Blake has returned from India a broken man. Years ago, he pledged to Lady Eva Carin—his childhood companion and " first love—that he would bring her husband back alive. His failure haunts him. But even his jade soul can’t anticipate the shocking sight of beautiful, independent Eva confined in a madhouse....
Locked in an asylum, forgotten by society, Eva is adrift in both body and mind. For Ian to break her free, they must cross a powerful enemy—and prove her sanity to England’s unforgiving aristocracy. But the biggest danger of all may come when the secrets of Eva’s tragic past are finally unlocked....
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