Book Description: Angelina Rosevale is nicknamed for an angel, but is anything but. She is a widow, having lost her first husband when he fell from his horse in a fit of anger. He was no great loss. He was only concerned about an heir and after years of marriage and a purportedly barren Angel, he caused her to miscarry when she finally got pregnant and then proceeded to beat her for it. Needless to say, though she is a widow, she is inexperienced and somewhat naïve. When her father passes away, he leaves Angel an entailed title and a fortune that comes with it.
Frederick (Max to his friends), the new Earl of Penrose, Angel's distant cousin, has inherited the title but no money. He really doesn't want either, but feels some responsibility to the family. His love is being in the service of his country, but with Bonaparte defeated, he has returned to England. He finds himself needing a rich bride. To add to his worries, he is confronted with Pierre, a young man from France who claims to be the son of Angelina's long-lost uncle, making him the heir to the Earldom.