Captain James Frome, seasoned veteran and war hero, is returning home after ten years away. He has sold his commission and must face what he left behind. Besides finding an estate that is in ruin and a family that is lost without his direction, he also runs into his past and the reason he was forced into the army in the first place.
Lady Annag Calder has finally cast off her mourning blacks and escapes back to her family home in Scotland for some peace, except peace is not what she finds. Instead, she runs into the reason she was forced into a bad marriage in the first place.
After ten years, neither James nor Annag are the same people, but is there still enough love left for them to have a future?
Lady Maria Mottram was plain by ton standards. Yet, gentlemen were drawn to her for her pleasing wit, ability to speak of their favorite pastimes, and for her lofty family connections which made her very handsome indeed. Until one wretched day when her family’s name was attached to scandal. Swept away by friends to Paris, Maria is faced with a whole new heartache of watching the man she has loved forever be captivated by another, and her needing to marry quickly.
Captain Lord Philip Everleigh was one of England’s most dashing heroes. Every man wanted to be him and every lady wanted to have him. He was one of Wellington’s most trusted spies, working under the cover of diplomacy. Numbed with the world of glittering intrigue, he finally finds a beautiful Archduchess who stirs his blood.
Philip and Maria had been close friends since childhood, but Philip’s good judgment appears to be lost to his infatuation. Will Maria be able to save him before it's too late? Will she lose Philip forever and resign herself to a loveless marriage?