Reluctantly, the Honourable George Sinclair returns from India at his brother's command to marry. His brother the earl, Sebastian fears for his wife's life should they have more children. After four daughters and no heir in sight and Sebastian will not put the wife he loves in danger. It is up to George to produce the heir to the title. George, when he's not missing India, is smitten by the entirely unsuitable Lady Haywood and refuses to come to heel. He wants an affair with the languishing widow. The widow who has already buried five husbands. George's friends warn him off.
They don't want him to joining the ranks of the regretful or possibly rewarded dead.
Both leads are determined and charismatic. George loves his brother and wants to do right by him. The thing is, the debutantes he might marry all have little appeal, the widow however does!
Lady Elinor Haywood doesn't want an affair. She wants love, marriage and children. George envisages Elinor as the mistress he spends time with whilst lack lustrely producing the heir and spare in a marriage of convenience. A clash is inevitable and delightfully understated.
Whither to then, for this most impossible liaison? What's it to be, duty or love?
Witty, heartfelt and very human in the telling. A very enjoyable read.
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