STORY: Millicent understands the terms of her arranged marriage all too well. She gets to be a Countess by marrying an impoverished Earl. And in return, the Earl Fitzhugh receives the benefit of her vast wealth, saving his family from bankruptcy. Because of her youth, they have agreed to wait eight years before consummating the marriage–and then, only to beget an heir. After which, they will lead separate lives.
It is a most sensible arrangement. Except for one little thing. Somehow Millie has fallen head over heels in love with her husband. Her husband, who has become her very best friend, but nothing more…Her husband, who plans to reunite with his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful and newly widowed Isabella, as soon as he has honored the pact with his wife…
As the hour they truly become husband-and-wife draws near, both Millie and Fitzhugh must face the truth in their hearts. Has their pact bred only a great friendship–or has it, without either of them quite noticing, given rise to a great love?
REVIEW: Millicent (Millie) Graves is the daughter of a well-to-do man who is the owner a tinned good company, Cresswell & Graves. She is betrothed to a impoverished Earl, Lord Fitzhugh. As she is so very young, Millie and Fitzhugh decide to not consummate their marriage for eight years and then only to provide a heir.
Fitzhugh was in love with another woman before he and Millie married and he has been broken hearted since then. However, he knew he needed Millie’s dowry to be able to keep his home. He and Millie have an agreement that after an heir is produced, he will leave their marriage and return to his first love.
Millie is a very mature young lady, understands the circumstances and stoically works to portray herself as a happy woman carrying out her duties. She and Fitzhugh grow to be very good friends and as the time approached for them to consummate their marriage, we wonder if they are finding that their relationship is more than just friends.
I was delighted by this novel and the way the author handled the relationship and emotions of each of the characters. She certainly tugged my heart strings in reading it. Well done.
Connie for b2b