I loved the opening premise, 'Miss Rebecca Bond was nobody’s fool. She was, however, desperate. And destitute. After five long years of living virtually unnoticed within the countless nooks and crannies of Castle Keyvnor, she’d come to think of it as her home.' Rebecca has made the castle her home, wandering its length and breadth, forgotten yet able to sustain herself and helping with castle affairs along the way. But now the Earl was dying. (Mind you how anyone can live in a castle unnoticed for five years is a mystery to me--but Ridley manages to make this completely believable!
Rebecca has a decision to make. The new Earl will give her a dowry upon her marriage. Daniel Goodenham, Lord North-Barrows, is a childhood friend of Rebecca's who treated who badly, spurning her, when she came out years ago. Daniel has never forgotten her. Rebecca has never forgiven him. Now they meet again. Daniel wants forgiveness, Rebecca wants to be able to order her life, and Daniel just doesn't measure up--at the moment.