Lady Cecilia Manners is an accomplished painter whose portraits are becoming the vogue among the elite, but painting is not a hobby, since her father lost his fortune gambling before he died and her irresponsible brother spends as if they had all the money in the world. Cecilia is independent, dedicated to her art, and uninterested in the affairs of society, except when they can bring her another commission.
Sebastian, the Earl of Charrington, has just become engaged to the daughter of the man he considers his second father, the man who helped him make a considerable fortune after his father lost all and committed suicide. He thinks that C. Manners is just the artist to paint a portrait of his fiancé.
Sebastian is stunned to find that the artist is a woman, and not just any woman, but the subject, and painter, of a painting he has cherished for years as his ideal woman.
Sparks fly from their first meeting, but Cecilia is determined to be independent and devote herself to her art. And Sebastian has pledged himself to another and would not ever break his word. Oh my!
This is an intelligent and interesting Regency. It is also different in that the author has found a way to make the heroine independent and unconventional in a way that seems believable for the time.
Serious man finds painting that calls to him, showing his ideal woman. He spend time looking for someone to meet his ideal but when he doesn't he agrees to an arranged marriage between him and his mentors daughter. Just when he had given up his ideal he finds that the painter he hires to paint his fiancee is the same woman in his painting. What will he do? Light and easy read.
Sebastion, Earl of Charrington, is betrothed to a most suitable match, but another has claimed his heart. Fortunately for everyone, especially his fiancee, the lady in question is just a beauty in a painting - a woman he doesn't even think exists in real life. But when Sebastian commissions the same painter to capture the likeness of his wife-to-be, he is shocked to discover that his favorite work is a self-portrait - and that the artist he has hired is none other than the hazel-eyed woman who haunts his dreams.