By Eloisa James

Magic less than the mistletoe . . .

One striking Christmas, girl Perdita Selby, identified to her family and friends as Poppy, met the guy she suggestion she would like without end. The devilishly appealing Duke of Fletcher used to be the fitting fit for the blameless, breathtakingly attractive younger Englishwoman, and theirs was once the main romantic marriage ceremony she had ever visible. 4 years later, Poppy and the duke became the toast of the ton . . . yet in the back of closed doorways the spark in their love affair has burned out.

Unwilling to lose the lady he nonetheless lusts after, the duke is set to win again his beguiling bride's delectable affections . . . and surpass the heady days of past love with a really sinful seduction.

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When they saw that his conversation wasn’t likely to shorten their voyage, they left him and went on their way. Once again he was alone between sea and sky. And he didn’t know that on that same ship were other Jews who were also going to the Land of Israel. As he stood there, two people, an old man and an old woman, appeared. Isaac looked at them and was amazed, for he had thought there were no other Jews here but him. And they too were amazed, for they had thought there were no other Jews here but them.

Some got off and some got on. Some of them glanced at Isaac, for he had a pin stuck in his tie with the name of Zion engraved on it. Isaac didn’t notice them, and if they said anything to him—he was silent. Isaac had removed himself from all arguments, and his heart was not moved by talk. Only yesterday, he was willing to argue about every Zionist issue, but today, since he is going to fulfill his words in deeds, all words are superfluous and supercilious. Night began departing and the buds of morning started to appear.

Soon the ship’s siren was heard. The ship jolted out of its moorings and began moving. And now she left the waters of the harbor for the mighty waters of the sea. The lords and ladies disappeared and the commotion that had been there ceased. Every single one of the crew stood at his post to do his job, the work of the ship. Isaac was left alone on the ship. The lords and ladies went in to dine and the crew were at work among the big boilers and the other covered places. Isaac looked at his belongings and saw that they were in their place, and he went on a tour of the ship.

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