Ashford captures the reader’s interest with her keen knowledge of the era and her deft writing. An engaging cast of characters — including a pair of mischievous twins — a charming plot and just the right amount of sensuality will keep Ashford fans satisfied.

Clare Greenough’s years as a governess end when she comes into a great deal of money. But her fortune is to be held in a trust controlled by her mean-spirited cousin Simon. Clare needs to marry a malleable man to handle her fortune. James Boleigh, Baron of Trehearth, is on the verge of losing his home and properties. He agrees not only to marriage, but also to sign a document enabling Clare to manage her own finances and grant him monies to restore his estate. They settle into marriage amicably, passionately and with fragile beginnings of love. Then, misunderstandings rear their ugly heads and threaten to pull them apart. (SOURCEBOOKS, Mar., 384 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond