Angelina's Secret by Diane Merrill Wigginton

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"A sweeping and engaging historical romance, Angelina’s Secret has emotion, action, suspense, and above all, an epic and timeless love. Diane Merrill Wigginton delivers the key elements of an enjoyable historical romance. She draws readers in with vivid descriptions of settings and characters, creating the feeling of a period drama on film."
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Lady Angelina Marguerite Amelia Stewart was born in a time when women were valued for their beauty and titles but little else. As a beloved daughter, Angelina was blessed with a quick mind and a sharp wit which she used liberally regardless of consequences. Determined never to be owned by any man, she shunned societal rules to live life on her own terms. Surprised by her parents for her nineteenth birthday, Angelina sets out on a sea voyage that will challenge her resolve and discovers a family secret that changes her life. Captain Jude Deveraux is living a double life. He is the Captain of a band of French privateers sanctioned by the King of France to steal and plunder unsuspecting ships that sail into his territory. Jude was awarded the title of Duke of Bayonne for services rendered to the Crown. He had been educated in the finest schools in London alongside other aristocratic noblemen so he knows how to blend in. Jilted in his youth, Jude is determined to take what he wants and he soon discovers that he wants Lady Stewart.
 

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I was born in Riverside, California March 2, 1963 to David L. Brewer and Margaret I. Merrill Brewer. My parents divorced when I was young and we subsequently moved to San Diego when I was eight years old with my step-father. I did not come by my love of books and words naturally because I had the dreaded family curse of Dyslexia. Undiagnosed throughout my entire school career because I learned coping skills of memorizing everything I felt frustrated with school and reading and was sure that I was just one of the misfortunate few. My Brother David was thirteen months older than me and we were close growing up. We even developed our own language and he would translate my needs to adults. My Mother's parents Florence and Orval Merrill live in Burley, Idaho were they made their living farming and ranching. Many of my fondest memories were from those summers my brother and I spent with them eating fresh produce from the garden, riding horses and herding cattle. That time in my life holds especially fond memories because I was around aunts, uncles and cousins. We would be walking down the street and my mom would point someone out and say that's your cousin so and so who is related to you through the Gray's, Manning's or Merrill line. I found great comfort in being so intricately woven in a community through family because in California I was related to no one but my immediate family. Grandma would take my brother and me into town and after we were done with our errands we would stop into the A&W, which was a drive in at the time. We would roll down the window and talk into a big silver box then sit and wait for the girl to bring out our order. The young woman would hang the tray of food and drinks on the window and we would laugh and talk while eating our hamburgers and sipping on our frosty mugs of nectar from the Gods. Grandma always ordered a Cherry Coke, my brother loved their Root-Beer and I liked Coke-a-Cola. Grandpa Orval was my first Bo. He would to take me around to the local auction and I would sit in the bleachers with him and marvel that anyone understood what the auctioneer was saying. One time I came home with a Shetland pony we named Shaggy and an Australian Shepherd pup my brother and I called Stubby because she didn't have a tail all because he found it impossible to tell me no. My Mother was the only surviving child of five children born to Florence and Orval. My mother because of circumstances never had more children so my brother and I were very spoiled when grandma and grandpa were around. I was shy because of my Dyslexia and retreated into fantasy as a coping mechanism. I would ride my Uncle Jim's horse Gipsy around the barrels my grandfather set up in the field for me determined to someday be the Cassia, County Rodeo Queen. That dream I had to be a rodeo queen never worked out for me the way I thought it would. But I found I enjoyed working towards a goal and learned that dreams don't always necessarily come out the way you think they will but they usually work out the way they are meant to in the end. I had a best friend growing up in San Diego named Gigi Barnier. We were usually in the same classes from third grade on but didn't really become good friends until the sixth grade. Her father once described our relationship as being so close that if one of us lied the other would swear to it regardless of the consequences. For an adult he was spot on in his description of us. We were always involved in some shady deal that we didn't want our parents to know about. Gigi and I maintain our friendship to this day even though I live in Sacramento and she now lives in Eagle, Idaho. By the ninth grade I was tired of being shy so I joined Choir and Drama which opened up a whole new world for me. I suddenly blossomed and started to become and extravert instead of an introvert. It didn't hurt that I had started to blossom in other ways as well. I was leaving that acquired gangly stage of my life. You know the
 
Published February 10, 2017 by Jeweled Dagger Publishing. 360 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction
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"A sweeping and engaging historical romance, Angelina’s Secret has emotion, action, suspense, and above all, an epic and timeless love. Diane Merrill Wigginton delivers the key elements of an enjoyable historical romance. She draws readers in with vivid descriptions of settings and characters, creating the feeling of a period drama on film."

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