Although she accepts his advice, an unexpected betrayal threatens to ruin her life. Marriage to the harsh nobleman poses difficult challenges. Ferrante's friend and mentor, the fascinating Prince Raimondo di Sangro, offers the naïve Valentina valuable insight on how to overcome these obstacles. Raised in a convent by the esteemed Sister Assunta, she has little contact with the outside world.
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