She'd been left waiting at the altar... - And when her English godparents offered Francesca an escape from the suffocating pity of the Italian aristocracy of which she was part, she accepted gratefully. Their tranquil Cotswolds home would let her put her life in order. - Then she met their reclusive neighbor, novelist Oliver Newton, a man with a reputation for breaking female hearts. Her attraction to him was sudden, overwhelming and dangerous. For all the great poise that her upbringing had taught her quickly started to dissolve when she looked into his silvery eyes.