Seduced & deserted all those years ago...
And now Alicia--or rather the glamorous widow Lady Preston--was returning to her family's Shropshire farm. No longer was she the naive girl so hopelessly smitten & then cruelly rejected by Giles Ratcliffe, the lord of the manor. She was a sophisticated woman, one who could handle the likes of Giles.
But Alicia hadn't reckoned on having to stay in Shropshire & manage the farm. She was hardly equipped for the task & was forced to rely on Gile's help.
His nearness filled her w/ animosity...& the devastating realization that nothing had really changed.