thank you for reading this even if you dont know anything about the book. (dark hair, etc) "Black" may even be in the title of the book-The h has 2 sisters**the youngest of whom is raped (by the H's men (?
))-I do know one of his men takes her and cares for her/nurses her back to health.
X goes away somewhere before the book starts, and the heroine wants to lose weight and generally make herself over before he returns.
The heroine meets another man (we'll call him Y) at a party near the beginning of the book, and I believe they start going out so that she can gain some experience in preparation for her reunion with X.
A list of guesses of books on this thread can be found at Post #750.
The book is historical fiction, set in medieval/renaissance time period in England.
One of the twin daughters wants to join a convent, but the father is outraged and sends her to marry a distant relative in Brazil.
She ends up married to an invalid and is involved with the invalid's brother.
She is really young-14 or so** This was a big part of the storyline-I remember the h is not happy about her upcoming marriage to the H-so maybe he won the castle in a siege, etc.
In fact no one at the castle is happy about the H's presence-I think I remember the h has been running the castle by herself for a while now-though I may be getting that from another book. I know it's not a Harlequin, I also know it's not The Black Lyon book. The heroine was a nurse in the civil war and was a year later down on her luck.The other daughter marries someone from a nearby plantation but it's a bad marriage, the husband dies, and she falls in love with someone else.