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Historical Romance Discussion > Need help finding a historical romance novel!! PLEASE

Hi everyone I'm new to this website and needed some help finding a book. It's a historical romance I read in 2000 or 2001 and looked old to me at the time. Don't remember much but here's what I do remember.
The hero and heroine meet at one time when they're children I believe and are betrothed but at the time they met she looked unremarkable due to some kind of illness (pox maybe?) and it was before her father remarried "the stepmom" (we'll come back to her)
Time passes I'm not sure how long maybe until she's 19? And the hero is a knight? warrior? of some kind and known by, and this is where I'm not sure if I'm getting two books confused, if it was Lion, Wolf, some kind of animal maybe sorry not sure!
And you find out the heroine's stepmother gets her beaten the night before her wedding to the hero since she didn't want to marry. He never sees that or her face actually since they cover her face for the wedding and turn the light off for the wedding night. She was a virgin when they marry and he believes her discomfort is due to that and not the bruising she received.
He leaves her at his home and doesn't see her for a little while and when he returns he confuses her for a beautiful maid?
Don't know much after that just that he thinks she's some kind of witch since she knows herbs and helps him defeat a town? Village? By putting something in the water to give them diahrrea etc.
Anyways would REALLY APPRECIATE the help I'm going crazy looking for this book!! :)

July 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterYadira

I just remembered another scene and thought I would mention it!
It involves the stepmom and somehow finding out she has a lover who is helping her poison/medicate? the heroines father. Even going so far as to "get it on" with him in bed next to them! Thanks again!

July 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterYadira

When Love Awaits by Johanna Lindsey

June 11, 2015 | Registered Commenterjuels