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The Temporary Earl

Blair Bancroft

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All Major Charles Tyrone wants to do is forget his soldiering days and concentrate on making a success of his new engineering company. But Fate has other plans. Although an obscure third in line as heir to the Earl of Wyverne, Charles is suddenlyMoreAll Major Charles Tyrone wants to do is forget his soldiering days and concentrate on making a success of his new engineering company. But Fate has other plans. Although an obscure third in line as heir to the Earl of Wyverne, Charles is suddenly catapulted to head of the family when the old earl suffers a stroke, the heir is killed, and Julian, the heirs only son, is in a coma from a curricle-racing accident.As if that werent enough, the major is confronted by Lady Vanessa Rayne, a ward of the old earl, who has been managing very well without the majors help, thank you very much. Animosity between Charles and Vanessa is further exacerbated by the earls dictate that they shall marry.The efforts to restore Julian to health are considerably hampered by a plethora of relatives, two of whom follow Charles in line of succession. Mr. Ambrose Tyrone is the local vicar- his mother, a woman accustomed to ruling the roose. Mr. Godfrey Tyron, a London dandy, arrives at Wyverne Abbey with his young sister, fluttery mother, and his mothers latest friend in tow. Not exactly welcome visitors in a house with two bed-ridden patients.When hints of murder and attempted murder begin to rear their ugly heads, Charles calls on the support of some of the soldiers once under his command, but even that isnt enough to keep Julian, Charles, and even Vanessa from harm. Yet in spite of being caught in the midst of murder and mayhem, Charles and Vanessa begin to suspect that it truly is possible for the daughter of a duke and a lowly engineer to fall in love. If they live long enough to enjoy it.