On the brink of matrimony, Flora Latimer harbours misgivings about her ability to permanently hold the affections of the sophisticated Marquess of Felsham. Her doubts intensity when Eloise Garnier comes to England, seeking Archie’s help to locate her missing brother. Eloise had nursed Archie in France, where he resided during the years of his recovery following a crashing fall, and they became lovers. She is everything that Flora is not—beautiful, experienced in the art of seduction and starkly determined to re-engage Archie’s affections.
It transpires that Eloise’s brother has been enticed to England by Lord Avery, who was the mainstay of Flora’s father’s cruel exorcisms and a man who bears Archie a massive grudge. Latimer, disgraced and banished from the ecclesiastical seat of power in Salisbury to a lowly rural parish, blames Flora and Archie for his fall from grace and is out to recover his position by whatever ruthless means necessary.
Have Latimer and Avery combined forces in an effort to permanently separate Archie from Flora—the only woman he will ever love and whom he’s willing to protect with his dying breath? And can Archie convince Flora that she really will be all that he ever requires in a wife…