Betty Neels writes these calm, methodical stories usually with a Dutch mystery man and Brit female character. Thisfollows that pattern. It is the story of a young woman who grows up thru loss and discovers her guardian to be more than she expected.
At twenty one, Mary Jane Pettigrew was perfectly able to look after herself, but it came as quite a surprise to discover she had inherited a large house and an income to go with it. There was, of course, a catch, and his name was Fabian van der Blocq, who had been appointed Mary Jane's guardian. She couldn't even marry without his consent! Mary Jane wasn't going to let Fabian have it all his own way. But that was easier said than done!