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May 02 , 2008

Proof Through the Night


In July 1812, Lady Sarah Anne sails to the American states to find her uncle in hopes of restoring the family’s good name and fortune. Traveling with her young brother, the new Earl of Kernane, and her opinionated maid Marie, their ship is attacked and boarded by an American privateer, Patrick Morgan, which can only mean one thing: the powerful King George is at war with the unprepared United States.
By the time they sail into Baltimore, Patrick’s home port, Lady Sarah Anne and Patrick are confirmed enemies. She thinks he is low and brutish. He considers her proud and selfish. Good riddance on both accounts.
Unfortunately, Patrick learns that Lady Sarah Anne’s uncle is also his shipping partner, forcing their lives to cross paths in sometimes dangerous, sometimes comical, but always exciting circumstances. Amid the background of the treacherous war, the invasion of the Chesapeake, and the burning of Washington, Sarah Anne and Patrick mix with the great and not-so-great, discovering that they are more alike than opposite. Their initial loathing slowly changes, turning into mutual respect and ultimately a great love for which they are willing to sacrifice everything, including their lives.

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