STORY: Lord Northcotte is not in the holiday spirit when he joins his sister’s family shortly after the brutal death of a friend. Discovering a matchmaking scheme is afoot, he tells them he will never marry Lady Miriam or any other woman. Now if only his heart would listen.
Lady Miriam’s mother accused her of chasing Lord Mystery after a noble act by a handsome gentleman six years ago became the measure of all other men. Now he’s staying at the home where she’d hoped to escape a summons from her grandfather, the Duke of Danby. Terrified Northcotte will recognize her and reveal the contents of the scandalous letter she wrote him years ago, she can’t decide which is the bigger threat: the duke armed with a special license, or Lord Mystery, who carries a secret she’d never live down.
REVIEW: Robert Hurst, Earl of Northcotte, is soured on marriage after learning that a friend’s wife had killed her husband using a fire iron. Even though the man had mistresses, his friends could not understand why that would cause the woman to kill him. *insert laugh* The group of six friends had gathered together to remember their friend and to vow never to marry.
At Lady Mariam Thornhill’s first season four years earlier, she was feeling quite down due to the lack of men wanting to make her acquaintance. After one such man actually insulted her, another man immediately asked her to dance. They had not been introduced first so she never caught his name, but for years afterward she remembered how handsome he was. She referred to him as Lord Mystery. Since that time, she had not had any men interested in her and had thus resigned herself to be a spinster. Her grandfather, the Duke of Danby, kept pushing her to marry and she was not at all receptive to an arranged marriage.
Christmas is approaching and Lady Mariam is staying with a good friend to be with her during the birth of her friend’s baby. When more friends join them for the holiday, she realizes that one of the guests, Lord Northcotte, is her Lord Mystery. While she is thrilled to see him again, she is afraid he will recognize her. At one time she had sent him a letter that was rather embarrassing at the time and she would be mortified to come face-to-face with him now. Will she be stuck with an marriage arranged by her grandfather or is there some way she can attract her handsome Lord Mystery to be her groom?
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