Lady Ariana Boxstall challenges her brother Norris to settle down and marry for the sake of preserving the family estate. After all, how tough can it be for a catch like Norris to find a suitable young lady during London Season? Ariana hadn’t anticipated Norris’s counter offer—that she marry first, and he’d follow her to the altar within a month. Suddenly choosing a marriageable partner doesn’t seem so simple, particularly for a too-tall, gangly Amazon like Ariana. But she’s not about to back down from Norris’ challenge, and reluctantly travels with her mother to London, stopping for a few days to visit their cousin, the Dowager Countess of Cawle.
Titus Delacorte, Earl of Kynaston, is an enigma. He’s a handsome, brooding and cynical sot, who also appears to be homeless. Ariana encounters him asleep in the library of his aunt, Lady Cawle’s, home, where he emerges from a drunken haze long enough to acknowledge Ariana’s presence. This isn’t their first meeting. She wonders if he remembers her from that awful London Season eight years before. Does he remember that they’d danced, or that he’d broken her heart?
Beverley’s final romance is a tale of transformation and new beginnings, blended with warmth and a touch of wry humor. What a delight to read. That is so Beverley.