Silken Threads by Patricia Ryan
(Wexford Family Series, Book 1)

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Soldier of Fortune
Graeham Fox comes to London to rescue his overlord's daughter from her abusive husband, in return for which he is promised her twin sister's hand in marriage and a vast estate--quite a prize for a landless soldier who's never had a home of his own. Attacked and disabled by a broken leg, he rents a room in the humble home of Joanna Chapman, a silk merchant's widow. Joanna, having learned not to trust handsome, charming devils like Graeham, lets him think her husband is still alive in order to keep him at a distance. Mindful of his mission--and the promised reward--Graeham tries to resist his feelings for Joanna, but the white-hot desire simmering between them cannot be denied. 
Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, Silken Threads was honored with Romance Writers of America's RITA® Award for Best Long Historical Romance, and was nominated by Romantic Times magazine for Best Historical Romantic Mystery/Suspense. Silken Threads made the Ingrams A-List of Top 50 Requested Titles for four weeks. 
About the Author: Patricia Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen romances and mysteries, including the #1 national bestseller Still Life with Murder. Her novels have garnered rave reviews and been published in over 20 countries. A RITA® winner and four-time nominee, she is also the recipient of threeRomantic Times Awards and a Mary Higgins Clark Award nomination for Murder in a Mill Town, book 2 of her popular mystery series featuring Boston governess Nell Sweeney, which she wrote as P.B. Ryan.
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Patricia Ryan worked in the publishing industry in New York City and Rochester, as both a marketing manager and editor. Dubbed "The Queen of Medieval Romance" by the Literary Times, she has won Romance Writers of America's prestigious Rita award for Silken Threads and lives in Rochester, New York.
Published July 7, 2010 by Hawkley Books. 356 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Dashing Hugh's widowed sister lives just down the street, so Hugh takes Graeham to her and sends for the surgeon to set Graeham's leg.

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