For fans of Mary Balogh and Lisa Klepyas comes a poignant Regency romance full of secrets to reveal and a love to fight for from bestselling author Jane Ashford
Peter Rathbone, Duke of Compton, is mourning the loss of his sister Delia, but the work of keeping his family's deteriorating estate afloat is never done. When Miss Ada Grandison, a close friend of his sister, arrives with a mysterious letter that she claims holds the secret to saving the family home, Peter is skeptical to say the leastÖhis life is about to get even more complicated.
Ada is eager to do whatever she can to help the Rathbones. She brings clues that Delia claimed would change everything for the family and that lead Ada and Peter on a hunt to unravel the past. But they'll have to face their painful memoriesóand their true feelings for each otheróto discover the truth.
An impoverished duke becomes enamored of one of his sister's friends in the charming fourth installment to Ashford's Regency-set Way to a Lord's Heart series (after How to Cross a Marquess). Shortly before Ada Grandison's school friend Delia Rathbone died in an accident, she told Ada that she had uncovered a secret that "would change everything" for the struggling Rathbone family. Ada believes that a note she found in Delia's room after her death holds clues to the secret and is determined to visit Alberdene, the Rathbone family home, to uncover the secret. Together with three school friends and her Aunt Julia, Ada travels to Alberdene, where she meets Delia's brother, Peter Rathbone, Duke of Compton. Peter and Ada work together to uncover Delia's secret, searching for clues throughout Alberdene, which is in disrepair as a consequence of Peter's reduced circumstances. Though the couple are instantly drawn to one another, Peter believes that their relationship cannot evolve past a few stolen kisses because he has nothing to offer her. Ashford draws in readers with complex characters, subtle romance, and all the sparkling wit and flirtatious banter of a Georgette Heyer novel. Series fans will be delighted.