This book is a romance, yes. But it is also a character study of a family that has somehow lost its way. It’s a coming-of-age story introducing Sarah Jane Trowbridge, a young woman whose romantic dreams clash with reality when her grandmother “buys” her a husband who clearly doesn’t want her. It’s the story of the moral dilemma of her new husband, Dante Muir, who struggles to reconcile what he’s always believed of himself with the cold-blooded bastard who agrees to marry in order to save the family estate.
Mostly, this is Sarah Jane’s story, her journey from timid dreamer to a woman in her own right, and what she learns along the way. Or, to hear Sarah Jane tell it:
Some people might be born to climb mountains, lead armies, or change the world. But most people could only do the best they could under the circumstances, living their lives as honestly as possible, hoping to make those they loved comfortable, helping those less fortunate, and trying not to hurt anyone else along the way.