Excellent read. Woman with grown children who is lonely gives in to a contract of marriage in a weakened moment. It is a delightful romance romp.
Originally written in 1980, and references weren't updated, so there are occasional hilarious/cringeworthy references to burnt orange shag carpeting, quiana dresses, etc.
The story is fairly typical for the time period, except for the ages of the protagonists. Both are in thier early forties, and Katherine has grown children. Beyond that, you have a domineering alpha male and The Big Misunderstanding - Katherine hides her feelings behind an aloof facade, which is misunderstood by Matt as coldness. Still a pretty good read. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
Matthew Martin needed a wife to run his home, be his hostess & warm his bed. Kathryn was a widow whose future looked bleak so she accepted his offer with hopes to make it a real marriage.
Alpha male, stunning female, the "big misunderstanding"...everything you expect in a sweet old fashioned romance. The characters are in their 40's. That was a nice change! Good, fast, feel-good read.