Condemned & Admired
England 1808: OLIVER CORNELL, EARL OF CULLINGWOOD, is trapped in a life he abhors. Not seen as a son, but merely an heir, he longs for something meaningful to enter his life. But as the years go by, Oliver falls prey to self-doubt as well as complacency, playing the handsome rogue, untamed by the ladies of London. Then an error of judgment – or Fate perhaps? – lands him on an English merchant ship, which is promptly boarded by a French privateer. On board, Oliver’s eyes are drawn to the captain’s daughter, standing at the bow, a sword in her hand and a pistol strapped to her hip, her golden tendrils dancing in the wind. Mesmerized by the adventurous gleam in her blue eyes, Oliver stands and stares at the woman unlike any he’s ever met.
Grace McAllister hasn’t seen or heard from her father since her mother left him twenty years before. Now, she receives word that Benjamin Troup McAllister has died and she’s expected to be present at the reading of his will. Against her better judgment, Grace returns to Temple, Georgia, but soon wishes she hadn’t. Her father’s will not only disowns her, but also makes a postmortem denial of his paternity.