We struck a bargain, and I sold her, Mr. Walraven--yes, sold her."
"You wretch! Well?"
"Well, I went to see her occasionally afterward, but not often, for the strolling troupe were here, there, and everywhere--from pillar to post. But I never lost sight of her, and I saw her grow up a pretty, slender, bright-eyed lass, well dressed, well fed, and happy--perfectly happy in her wandering life. Her great-grandmother--old Peter Dane's wife--was a gypsy, Mr. Walraven, and I dare say the wild blood broke out. She liked the life, and became the star of the little band--the queen of the troupe. I kept her in view even when she crossed the Atlantic last year, and paid her a visit a week ago to-night."
"Humph!" was Carl Walraven's comment. "Well, Mistress Miriam, it might have been worse; no thanks to you, though. And now--what does she know of her own story?"
"Nothing, I tell you. Her name is Mary Dane, and she is seventeen years old on the twenty-fifth of November. Her father and
Though this romance is as convoluted as most of Fleming's works, the unlikeable characters make it tiresome. The 17-year-old heroine of mysterious origins, Mary Dane, is a cruel flirt with a dramatic bent. On the eve of her wedding to a much older, wealthy man, she's kidnapped and forced to wed one of her jilted suitors. The man wears a disguise, hence "The Unseen Bridegroom."
When Mollie is adopted by the wealthy Carl Walraven she's excited about her new life. But the flirty Mollie soon gets herself into trouble, including marrying a man she's never seen! But will the unseen bridegroom turn out to be her worst enemy? Find out in this book.
A great read.