“I promise you, she’s the most delightful creature, with a quirky sense of humour very like your own. As for the other qualities you mention – birth, breeding, experience of managing a household of consequence – she has them all, with amiability and common sense besides!”
So Henrietta Melville is described to the Honourable Julian Aldwyn, who is on the look-out for a conformable wife who would prove restful after an earlier, disastrous love-affair in his life.
But there’s much more to Miss Melville than meets the eye. Although she is a spirited and intelligent heiress, at twenty-six and still unmarried, she’s considered to be on the shelf. Certainly Julian Aldwyn does not anticipate a refusal of his offer of marriage.
But refused he is, and then comes a whirlwind month in Bath, a dastardly rakehell, secrets from the past... all calculated to turn any woman’s head. What will Miss Melville do?
“This is a terrific traditional regency novel. It is well written, with a well planned and well executed plot. This is not a bodice ripper, in fact the romance is very subtle and instead the plot focuses on the female character's happy adjustment to living in Bath after a youth spent caring for younger siblings. Just prior to leaving for her new life in Bath, she is offered a marriage of convenience from someone that she is extremely attracted to, but she decines because she is looking for more than a marriage of convenience. She moves to Bath, joining a young, widowed childhood friend and then .....well, you will have to read the book to enjoy this thoroughly entertaining novel.”