Lord Richard Hartley has been called back from his Grand Tour when his father is injured in an accident. His family needs him to take over the reins of the household while his father recuperates. This includes finding a way to get out of their financial difficulties. His family would have him wed heiress Sophie Goodnight, but Richard has already pledged his heart to Lady Antonia Pruett.
Sophie would rather not be wed for her money and is doing everything in her power to turn away Richard. When she finds out that he wants this marriage even less than she does, they form an unlikely alliance and friendship.
But what happens when this alliance turns into something much more than friendship?
This was definitely a different type of read for me. Usually in books of this time period, the servants are only involved with the story when they have direct contact with members of the upper crust. Marlowe incorporated them into the story and made them an intrical part of it. I really like how she did this. It gave us a different side of the story that we normally don't see because she told the story from their point of view.
I loved Sophie!! She was a girl that didn't care what others thought of her and she did what she wanted even when it wasn't the "normal" thing for her to do. Having not grown up in England, Sophie had a different outlook on life and I think that made her a very interesting character.
Sophie and Richard were great together. I loved all the back and forth between between them.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series which comes out in June 2015.