How can you fall in love and not know it?
According to Hugh the Marquis of Aldeborough and Miss Frances Hanwell it was easy.
Hugh is living with a lot of guilt over the death of his beloved but rascally brother, Richard. He was a soldier brought home to take over the estates and welfare of his family.
He has a younger brother, Matthew and sister, Juliet and of course an obnoxious mother who wishes to run everyone's lives.
This leads to his immoderate indulgence of drink and a cynical attitude. Which of course leads to his introduction to Miss Frances Hanwell, the niece of one of his neighbors.
Miss Frances, who is treated like a servant and poor relation receives abuse from her "guardian" uncle. She hopes to inherit a small pittance to live on when she attains her majority.
Well one thing leads to another causing her to hide away in the Marquis carriage and to suffer his drunken advances.
Oh yeah, a marriage of convenience is in the offing for one reason or another, [grin] you gotta hear their reasons!
Marriage, danger, eventually the begetting of an heir and scars lead to a tale of Regency romance that is heart warming - intrigueing and oh yes, the scurvy villans - hilarious escapes and too much protection of female sensibilities and lack of communications that always lead to trouble.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - very enjoyable read with tender sex.