On Sale: August 8, 2017
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Dukes's gripping historical novel tells the tale of a
desperate Albanian woman who will do whatever it takes to
keep her independence and seize control of her future...even
if it means swearing to remain a virgin for her entire life.
When eighteen-year-old Eleanora’s father is shot dead on the
cobblestone streets of 1910 Albania, Eleanora must abandon
her dream of studying art in Italy as she struggles to
survive in a remote mountain village with her stepmother Meria.
Nearing starvation, Meria secretly sells Eleanora into
marriage with the cruel heir of a powerful clan. Intent on
keeping her freedom, Eleanora takes an oath to remain a
virgin for the rest of her life—a tradition that gives her
the right to live as a man: she is now head of her household
and can work for a living as well as carry a gun. Eleanora
can also participate in the vengeful blood feuds that
consume the mountain tribes, but she may not be
killed—unless she forsakes her vow, which she has no
intention of ever doing.
But when an injured stranger stumbles into her life,
Eleanora nurses him back to health, saving his life—yet
risking her own as she falls in love with him...
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