Lady Marjorie Penwhistle will do anything for her brother. When she receives a note from Mr. Charles Norris about settling a debt her brother owes him, she quickly sets out to their meeting.
Charles has been unlucky in love, so when an opportunity presents itself he blackmails Marjorie to help him find a bride. If she will help him find a bride, he will forgive the debt that her brother owes him. Marjorie is perfect for this position because Charles is not attracted to her and she (her mother, really) requires a husband with a title. Its a win win for both of them.
But what happens when each of them start to have feeling for the other? Will Marjorie go against her mother to marry for love instead of a title?
I thoroughly enjoyed this story which was actually a story within a story. You have the story of Marjorie and Charles, but you also have the backstory of Marjorie's mother and how she became the woman she is. I thought this was a very clever idea as it gave more insight into why Marjorie's mother acted the way she did.
I loved that Marjorie would do anything for her brother. Her brother is a little strange (this is what other people say about him, I'm guessing he has Aspergers) and people make fun of him. Even though Charles as blackmailing her into helping him, Marjorie saw it as an adventure. She has lived a fairly boring life up until this time and anything out of the ordinary seemed like great fun. As she spent more and more time with Charles, she came to appreciate the things that annoyed her at the beginning. She also saw him treating her brother with the respect that he deserves.
I really liked Charles too. Most of all for the way he treated George (Marjorie's brother). He wanted to fall in love and have a family. Unfortunately all the women he had fallen in love with didn't feel the same way. I think he just fell in love with the idea of love until he met Marjorie and realized what it really felt like.
I've loved every one of Goodger's books that I have read. She has me laughing throughout her books and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. She is starting a new series titled, The Lost Heiresses series in which the first book is schedule for publication in August.