~ Age 32 ~
~ Honey blonde hair ~ Gray blue eyes ~
~ 5' 6" ~
Ackerman was typical of far too many women in England. Her mother had
died when the girl was in her teens, leaving her to the care of her
father, Bramwell. He saw his daughter as little more than a pawn in the
game of politics and sought to use her to make gains for himself.
Marriages were easily arranged and a pretty girl like Marina, with a
wealthy father and a handsome dowry, was considered a prize. Her father
, however, proved to be not so good at making matches. His first
attempt ended after two years when the young man eloped with a
chambermaid. His second never happened due to the mother of the young
man's dislike for Bramwell. Finally, when he was certain he'd be
saddled with his daughter forever, he made a match for her. Since his
son, Charles, had run off with a girl below his station, he had dangled
the prize of inheritance before Count Sebastian Howard, who was quite
happy to take it.
The marriage was a loveless one, with Sebastian at times cruel, and
other times indifferent. In time, she learned there were many women for
he found it impossible to be with just one. After two years he began to
leave her alone. She didn't mind, for she had the solace of the lovely
gardens of the estate, letters from her brother, and the company of an
elderly woman named Alice Lacey. She taught Marina the ancient ways in
secret. Ten years passed and on a cold November day, not long after
Alice's death, Marina learned she was a widow. Sebastian had been found
in the arms of another man's wife and had been called out to a duel in
which he was killed. The estate and everything he had owned except for
Marina's personal property was to be sold to pay for his debts with the
remainder of the money to be shared among his children. Marina was
alone again and penniless.
She took back her maiden name for the scandal involved and moved back in
with her father. Two years later, Bramwell Ackerman is trying to find a
husband for his daughter though she has been using the time of mourning
as an excuse. That is coming to an end. Weary of his
controlling ways, and worried about Charles, Marina thwarted Bramwell's plans and freed herself of his control for good.
After helping Joseph McDonough to end the plot against her brother and
against the King and Regent of Kildare, she remained at her brother's
estate, helping him with his children and finding a new life.