Author Edith Layton
"Jilted beauty!1 Strikingly beautiful young Julia Hastings had been an inexperienced innocent when handsome, high-born Robin Marlowe induced her to elope with him-- only to abandon her without a word of explanation on what should have been their wedding night.
Julia was left with her virtue intact but her reputation in tatters. Her life became a struggle to defend herself against gentlemen who henceforth considered her easy prey.
By now Julia knew better than to trust any man, even when that man was the overwhelmingly attractive Lord Nicholas Daventry, Robin's own uncle. But if Julia had learned how dangerous blissful ignorance was in matters of the heart, she had yet to discover what folly it was to be wise...."
Written in 1985 this is a very sweet, clean regency. Heroine is misjudged by the hero but as he gets to know her, her sweetness, kindness and honesty convince him she is innocent of any wrong doing.
This is one of Layton's earlier regencies and is just as well written as the trades that came later. Her plots follow familiar formulas, but her writing is always crisp and empathetic and her characters are never anchronomic. (One of my PET PEEVES!) Pleasant read.
No. 3 in the sequence that begins with The Duke's Wager. The second book is The Disdainful Marquis.