Ariadne "Ari" Carfax is not ready to go through with the betrothal made when she was but a child. She may love her betrothed, but she is in love with another man (Gabriel). After her grandfather's death, Ari's uncle is determined to see her married to Ivor Chalfont and ambushes her with the marriage ceremony at her grandfather's wake. There is nothing let for her to do but comply and take her vows.
Even though Ivor has known Ari since they were little children, he is not against the marriage between them. Ari claims that she could never love him the ways she loves Gabriel, but Ivor is determined to make their marriage work.
Going to London on a mission to reinstate the family at Court, Ivor hopes that Ari will get Gabriel out of her mind. What he doesn't know is that Gabriel is waiting in London to whisk Ari away.
Can the long trip to London convience Ari the Ivor is the right man for her?
I loved Ivor and I liked Ari. I kinda thought that Ivor was too good for Ari. He was willing to overlook her having had sex with someone else before their marriage which most men would not have done during that time. Ivor seemed to be making all the concessions where as Ari just didn't seem to want to grow up and take responsibility for her actions.
It took awhile for Ari to grow into her adulthood role and that is when my attitude toward her changed (almost at the end). I really wish that her change had come about sooner in the book.
The writing was good and I'll definitely pick up more from this author.