Affair between Defiant Noblewoman, Roguish Pirate Ensues in New Novel

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Diane Merrill Wigginton’s ‘Angelina’s Secret’ shows that love can bloom in unexpected and dangerous places.

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Lady Angelina Marguerite Amelia Stewart spends her 19th birthday on a perilous sea voyage, an unexpected present that tests her will and puts her life in danger as she uncovers a secret that her family has concealed from her. In this tale of drama, romance and adventure, author Diane Merrill Wigginton portrays how “Angelina's Secret” (published by Xlibris) changes her life, while struggling against society’s patriarchal constraints and evading the life-threatening dangers she is exposed to.

Living in a time where women were valued for their beauty and titles but little else, Angelina was blessed with a quick mind and a sharp wit, which she uses liberally regardless of the consequences. Resolving never to be owned by any man, Angelina shuns societal rules to live life on her own terms. The path she forges by herself leads to the discovery of a family secret and a fateful meeting with Captain Jude Deveraux - a sophisticated, roguish pirate living a double life as a French nobleman.

Unexpected adventures ensue with much swashbuckling and passionate romance for the new lovers. Both of them find in each other a chance for a new life and a new beginning from the societies they have fled from – even as the things they are running away from inevitably close in on them and the secrets they have hidden from themselves and each other slowly return to the surface.

“Angelina's Secret” is a multilayered story of love, the human spirit and the risks and rewards of following one’s dreams, woven into an intelligent and engaging narrative replete with twists and turns. Wigginton is currently working on the sequel to her first novel.

“Angelina's Secret”
By Diane Merrill Wigginton
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 360 pages | ISBN 9781499038996
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 360 pages | ISBN 9781499039009
E-Book | 360 pages | ISBN 9781499038989
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Diane Merrill Wigginton was born in Riverside, California and raised in San Diego. She now resides with her husband David in the rural community of Herald, California. With only one son left at home, she had decided to pursue her dream of writing.

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