When young Sarah Cunningham's father dies, she is left alone in the world. At the behest of her aunt, she leaves behind her few friends and heads across the ocean to the hope of a new life in England with a distant relative.
Little does Sarah suspect that her journey will carry her much farther than a mere ocean's width. For as she crosses the Atlantic, powerful magics are being worked by Lady Sarah Roxbury. Lying on her deathbed, Roxbury casts a spell that will summon her counterpart form the universe-next-door... Sarah.
Waking, Sarah finds herself in a world not her own, a world where the Stuart kings still rule England, where Baltimore and the original thirteen United States are still British colonies, where Napoleon runs rampant on the European continent, a world where she is the Lady Roxbury.
Under the influence of a steady supply of drugs and insidious manipulation, Sarah comes to believe that she is Roxbury, and soon finds herself embroiled deep in the machinations of court intrigue and scandal. She also comes to despise her intended, the Duke of Wessex.
As the threat of a French invasion grows, the only hope for England is a peace treaty with Denmark. But when the Princess of Denmark goes missing and France's agent, the Marquis de Sade, is found in council with Denmark's king, it is up to Sarah and Wessex to put aside their differences.
Together they must find a way to rescue the princess from her captivity deep in the black heart of Imperial France before Napoleon can cross the channel and utterly destroy England.
In a tale as rousing, romantic, and full of intrigue as The Scarlet Pimpernel, Andre Norton and Rosemary Edghill have created an alternative history as real as our own and as fresh as today.
Genres: alternate history
Rosemary Edghill (born 1956) is an American writer and editor, who has often used that pseudonym in place of her legal name, Eluki bes Shahar. Her primary genres are science fiction and fantasy, but she began by writing Regency romances.
The publishers of her first novel, the Regency Romance Turkish Delight, suggested that "eluki bes shahar" sounded insufficiently English to attract potential readers, and thus she has published the majority of her novel-length works under the pseudonym. Her sister writes as India Edghill.
Rosemary Edghill. Wikipedia.