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An Affair to Remember by Karen Hawkins
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The Elliot family has always had a bad reputation, that is until 17 year old Anthony Elliot, who was raised by the St. John family took over the family in his position as the Earl of Greyley. In his cousins will, Anthony becomes guardian of 5 very spoiled and unruly children who could put previous generations to shame. Anthony is determined to give them a different life. After going through several governesses, he finally takes his sister's advice and goes to the best governess London has to offer, Ms. Anna Thraxton. The Thraxton family was once very powerful but had fallen into hard times. Anna had to support her and her grandfather somehow.... and discovered she actually enjoyed and was good at dealing with children.

Soon, she is in Anthony's home dealing not only with the children but trying to deal with Anthony himself. However, she can barely deal with the growing attraction amongst the two of them when they are alone. Anthony eventually insists on her becoming his mistress. His honor is at stake he he can't go back on his promise to marry a neighboring families daughter.

The Elliot grandmother of the children insisted she come and live so she wouldn't be so far away from them. She wants the children for herself because although the diamond mine her son became entangled in went bust, later it was discovered that there were rubies. Only, all the money will be in Greyley's care until the oldest, Desmond was of age. She needs the money now. So she calls in her other son to come between Anthony and Anna.

It all backfires and thanks to the children by a play they put on, the engagement is called off. He discovers that Anna has left to go back to London accompanied by the son, Rupert even though Rupert has fallen in love with Anthony's fiance. Due to an accident, Anna and Rupert are stranded at an inn where Anthony finds them. Everything is put back to right.
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