This edition amended and updated September 2020
Swindon, Wiltshire – Autumn 1880
Flora Latimer has come of age and is finally free from the influence of her domineering father. Happy in her position as companion to the eccentric Dowager Countess of Swindon, Flora endeavours to ignore her growing awareness of the handsome earl, Luke Beranger. Her difficulties increase when Lord Archie Hardwick, the earl’s closest friend, shows more than a passing interest in her—an interest that threatens to set the friends at odds with one another.
Flora is glad of a distraction when the countess asks her to befriend Louise Pearson, an heiress who has left London to pay a prolonged and unexpected visit to her grandmother and sister. Louise confides a dark secret to Flora, one so shocking that Flora is compelled to seek the earl’s help as well as that of Remus, her spirit guide, in an effort to prevent two ruthless and determined people from exploiting Louise in the worst possible manner.
As Flora and Luke fight to protect Louise’s reputation, Flora finds herself embroiled in danger from an unexpected quarter. Will Luke be in time to save her? And will Louise recover from the mistakes of her past and allow her feelings for Luke’s brother, Henry, to overcome her reservations…