Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, has been summoned home from Paris when his father fell from the roof. He has already asked Lady Antonia Pruett's father for permission to ask Antonia to marry him and isn't happy to have to return to his family home. But, what he finds is the family estate is on the verge of total ruin and his parents want him to marry heiress, Miss Sophie Goodnight. The last place Sophie wants to be is in England. She was raised in India where her father built a substantial fortune. Richard's parents throw him at Sophia every chance they get. But, as they fall in love, Lady Antonia is doing her best to make sure that she keeps Richard as hers. Little does everyone know, but the mystery of why Lord Somerset fell from the roof is going to change their lives in a very dramatic way.
I enjoyed the spirited character of Sophie. She made an excellent heroine because she wasn't the typical English miss looking for a title. Richard was a noble hero that was quite likable. The secondary characters of Richard's grandmother and the villain, Lady A. added to the liveliness of the novel. It was an enjoyable read.
I received this novel as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.