Rose Leyton is living at the Duke of Beckworth's country estate waiting on her brother and fiancee to return from the war. Feeling restless and bored, she volunteers to help the assistant land agent, Colin Ford, clean up the mess that the land agent left upon his fleeing the estate.
Colin enjoys spending time with Rose and since she is already betrothed, he can act himself instead of acting as a peer of the realm. When Rose learns that her fiancee has married another, Colin steps up with a marriage proposal of his own, when it looks like she will be married off to cruel man.
Can the marriage of convience turn into one of love.
This is the first book of five that tells the story of the residents of the Duke of Beckworth's estate. Having read all 5 of them, I would definitely recommend reading them all together, although they could each be read as stand alone.
I enjoyed this short story. I liked that Colin and Rose became friends before anything romantic started between them. I was a very enjoyable quick read!