Miss Sarah Moorehouse is a spinster. She is fine with that. It gives her time to pursue her love of gardens and drawing. It also gives her the opportunity to form the Ladies Literary Society of London. Under the pretense of reading Shakespeare’s works, the ladies actually are reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The ladies have their first meeting while at a house party at Matthew Devenport, Marquess Langston’s house. When the meeting breaks up late at night, Sarah is restless and looks out her window. What she sees is the Marquess with a shovel out in the rain. Of course, Sarah’s imagination runs wild.
Matthew Devenport inherited his title when his father was murdered last year. Along with the inheritance, came his father’s enormous debts and two deathbed promises. One he would marry within a year and two he would look for buried money. Right before the Marquess was shot, he had won huge at gambling. So huge it would wipe out the debts. The only problem is the money is hidden and Matthew must figure out where with the cryptic clues his father left.
The purpose of the house party is for Matthew to find and marry a heiress because he is having no luck finding the money and time is running out. What he didn’t count on was falling in love with plain Sarah Moorehouse.
With two unlikely people falling in love, buried money on the estate, sexy bathtub scenes and time running out, what more could you ask for in a book. If you love historical romances, this is an excellent read!