I read this book about 7 years ago, when I first discovered ~romance novels~
and pretty much devoured any I could find – my mum’s collection, two or
three different libraries… So I have no idea how old this book could be.
Hopefully someone recognises it!
It was definitely a historical. For some reason, the heroine is staying at
the hero’s house in the country, though they weren’t together yet. I think
she may have lost her memory? Though I might be mashing in details with that
She goes out for a walk one morning, and takes a shortcut back to the house
through an overgrown grassy area. But her leg gets caught in one of those
steel jaw traps they use to catch animals. I think they wanted to catch
poachers in this case, though. She pretty much blacks out and the hero
doesn’t find her until nightfall because nobody could see her amongst all
She almost dies at this point because of all the blood loss, and I remember
a line where the doctor says she would have lost her foot if she hadn’t
been so short? The trap closed on her leg, rather than around her ankle, or
something like that.
So why didn’t she just chew off her own leg? Sheesh. What a wuss.