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The Wild Belle by Lora Thomas

Andrea Craycraft was the carefree, spirited middle child of a Beaufort, South Carolina plantation owner. She was quite happy with her life until her father signed a marriage contract for her to marry their neighbor’s nephew, the Earl of Rydover. Determined to ruin this union before it even began, she decided to make herself as unappealing as possible to the Earl. Dressed as a boy, she spied a man swimming in a lake. Thinking it was her betrothed, she approached him and boldly stated that she wanted to see him naked. To her dismay, the stranger was not who she thought, but the man her father was meeting with to transport cotton to England! Michael St. John was a very successful man. He traveled the world for his family’s company convincing people to use them to transport their products all over the globe. He would do whatever it took to get the contracts signed. However, the one contract he vowed to never have his signature on was a marriage contract. He was a confirmed bachelor and planned on keeping it that way. But his bachelor days came to an abrupt end when he was caught in a compromising position with the plantation owner’s daughter. Despite the forced union, will Michael fall for the southern beauty and find himself allowing his heart to belong to The Wild Belle?
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Historical fiction is a literary genre in which the narrative takes place in the past. Historical books capture the particulars of the time as correctly as possible to get authenticities, such as societal norms, ways, habits, and traditions. Historical fiction is put in a real location during a culturally recognizable moment. The facts and the actions from the narrative can be a mixture of real occasions and ones in the writer's creativity as they fill in the gaps. Characters may be pure fiction or based on actual people. But what about them and their look and attitudes, how they talk, and issues that they face, everything which should match the era.

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