"Set in Portsmouth, England, in the 1800's, "CHINA ROSE" is the story of an innocent young woman who acts as the catalyst in a web of deception, betrayal and passion that pits brother against brother. China Rose (so named for the glass rose her father gave her mother) has been promised in marriage to Sir Ranulf Cross, a domineering womanizer whose only interest is China's generous inheritance. When China arrives at his home she is unaware of the tensions between Ranulf and his half-brother Justin. Justin Cross is the black sheep of the family--handsome, reckless and fascinating. Though China knows she must marry Ranulf, she cannot help but be drawn to the daring Justin. And when the two become lovers their fate is sealed; they must leave England before Ranulf discovers them. Marsha Canham has created a very lively story with a cast of marvelous characters: the despicable Ranulf, virile pirate Justin, charming Eugene and the lovely China. She has carefully woven elements of suspense into the story with blackmail, murder, and sabotage as well as lots of sensual love scenes. China Rose is one of those delightful books that readers can enjoy time and again."