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Title:
A rare beauty
Author:
Stewart, Sally.
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Publication Information:
Sutton : Severn House, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
250 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780727858511
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Physiotherapist Francesca is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Richard, the man she was going to marry, has just eloped to New York with her younger - and more beautiful - sister, Felicity, and without a backwards glance she is left behind, lonely and heartbroken. When she is offered a job in Spain originally meant for her sister, to cure a crippled young girl, Francesca accepts and is determined to forget about the past. However, upon arriving at the imposing, formidable Cantanzos Castle, home to Conde Luis Esteban y Montilla, Fran finds its inhabitants unfriendly and her presence not welcome. However, it seems that Fran's love for this unconventional home and family shines through and she becomes more indispensable than she could ever have thought...


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Jilted by her fiance, physiotherapist Francesca escapes London by accepting a position at a castle in Spain, caring for Juanita, a 16-year-old girl who lost her parents in the same car accident that broke her legs. Fran is quite taken with the frightened young girl, who lashes out at everyone around her, and finds herself strongly attracted to Juanita's uncle, CondeLuis Esteban y Montilla. Beneath Luis' sometimes cold exterior, Fran glimpses a passion that makes her heart swell, although he is deeply involved with the beautiful but spiteful Inez de Castro, who constantly belittles Fran. Things get even more confusing when Inez's brother asks Fran to marry him. Fran declines, departs the premises, returns when Luis' mother becomes gravely ill, then finally goes back to London, still hopelessly in love with Luis. Will they ever find their way into each other's arms? Stewart does a marvelous job of drawing out each of her characters and creating just enough tension to keep readers glued to the page. --Megan Kalan