Temperance O'Neil is a young, headstrong woman determined to make life for woman better. She is a woman ahead of her time - fighting for women's rights in 1909. Running an apartment building for women who have fallen on hard times, fighting goverment officials and speaking on the liberation of women is how she fills her time. Or at least that is how she was filling her time until her widowed mother gets remarried to a headstrong Scotsman.
Temperance's new father, Angus is determined to keep his step-daughter at home and teach her to be a meek quiet woman. However when his plan fails, he comes up with a better solution. Angus strikes a deal with Temperance - Find a wife for his nephew and he will allow her to return to her life and work in NY.
Feeling she has little choice in the matter, Temperance agrees and decides to pose as a housekeeper. What she doesn't realize is that this nephew has no interest in getting married nor does he have any desire for a housekeeper. The house is in shambles and he fights Temperance at her every move.
My opinion: I didn't really care for this book. I didn't at all feel as though I could connect with Temperance as a woman and just found her flat our irritation at times. Also, I felt that there were some scenes that I definitely could have done without! I will probably not read it again.
I liked Temperance's spirit, intellegence, and strength and that she was not willing to settle for less. James has to work for his happy ending. Overall, a good book.
I like Jude Deveraux writting. This is no exception. written well it has a great story line that will keep you intrested and wanting more.
I really enjoyed this book, but then this is one of my favorite authors.