At long last, the story continues Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, who by creating a whole new type of love story, picks up the saga of the bold and adventurous Birmingham family where her classic romance The Flame and the Flower left off. But this time it is Beauregard Birmingham -- the dashing son of Brandon and Heather -- who is the focus of the action, as he comes to the aid of a beautiful childhood companion who is in desperate straits. A brilliant young artist, Cerynise Kendall is destitute and in dire need of passage to the Carolinas, and ship captain Beau offers his help -- even giving her his name in a marriage of convenience in order to protect his longtime friend from scandal. But perilous secrets, determined enemies and tempests at sea threaten their future and safe passage -- even as bonds of camaraderie become bonds of desire, and simple affection is transformed into passion and love.
A woman in desperate straits ... A fearless man ... A marriage of convenience on turbulent waters ...
Cerynise Kendall has been left destitute and in dire need following the death of her doting patron and protectress. A brilliant young artist tossed from her home with only the clothes on her back, Cerynise must now turn to a childhood companion for assistance --- the dashing sea captain Beauregard Birmingham --- and beg him to provide her with passage to the Carolinas. She seeks a new home and a new life across the waters, but all depends upon the kindness of a charming adventurer who was once the object of her youthful infatuation.
Beneath Birmingham's rugged exterior beats a heart as large and wild as the Atlantic, and Beau readily agrees to aid Cerynise --- even offering her his name in marriage, albeit temporarily, to protect his longtime friend from scandal. But perilous secrets, determined enemies and tempests of the sea and soul threaten their future and safe passage even as bonds of camaraderie are miraculously reforged as bonds of desire ... and affection becomes passion and love.
Paperback, 428 pages
Published October 30th 1998 by Avon Books (first published 1998)