hard back with no outer cover
A historical romance with a dash of mystery and a pinch of adventure. Reclusive and scarred by smallpox, John, the marquess of Gillingham, goes to London in 1817 to choose a wife to provide an heir to his estate. Meanwhile, Louisa, a wealthy orphan, travels to London to be brought out into Society under the auspices of her widowed aunt. Having heard of the marquess, she wants him, and they do become engaged, but are they right for one another? The entertaining plot moves forward quickly and easily with unusual twists: someone is trying to kill Louisa, John must ask his estranged brother for help, and the habits of John's father, though long dead, play a part. The details of daily life provide an excellent look at the mores of regency England.