A marriage of convenience leads to an unlikely chance at love for a beautiful widow and a mysterious Earl in this heartfelt Victorian romance.
Riordan Wollstonecraft labors under the heavy burden of his forebears. For generations, a curse has followed the dashing young men of his family, guaranteeing the women they love an untimely death. The youngest grandson of the Earl of Wollstonecraft Hall, charismatic Riordan is quietly resigned to his fate. An educator who devotes his life to good works, he ignores any longing for something more . . .
Widowed and penniless, Lady Sabrina Lakeside is desperate to avoid a second forced betrothal—this time to an aged marquess. Her chance encounter with Riordan leads her to an impulsive offer: a temporary marriage that could benefit them both. His agreement is as surprising as it is welcome. Before long, Riordan’s keen intellect and kind heart have Sabrina thinking their marriage of convenience could be something more. But her new husband is holding something back. Will giving in to their passion lead only to further heartache . . . or could it be the first step toward healing?