Zach Sheridan, Duke of Winchester, is looking forward to celebrating Christmas with his new duchess, surrounded by his large family—a family that includes Sean Trafford, Lord Vincent Sheridan’s brother-in-law and the father of nine-year-old twin boys.
When Sean chances upon a beautiful stranger on Vince’s land helping herself to discarded offcuts of timber, he makes it his business to learn more about her. He quickly realises that Chloe Carmichael is being defrauded out of her murdered father’s fortune by the unscrupulous Cooper, who is determined to claim Chloe for himself and exploit her talent as a carpenter for financial gain. But before Sean and Zach can delve further into Chloe’s affairs, a woman claiming to be Marianne, Sean’s wife who everyone thought had died five years previously, mysteriously reappears and leaves tantalising clues that imply she may not actually have died after all.
Has Sean’s wife returned from the grave? And if so, why has she appeared at the precise point in Sean’s life when he has finally found a woman to whom he could easily lose his heart? Can Sean and Zach unmask this mysterious stranger, and will they find a way to prove that Chloe is being swindled…