Zac, the Duke of Winchester, and his brothers rescue Lady Leona Marlowe from the unwelcome attentions of the man pursuing her and take her to the safety of Winchester Park. Frankie, Zac’s duchess, knew Leona years previously but the young girl she recalls is now an attractive widow being persecuted by her late-husband’s relations.
Doran Conroy accepts Lord Vincent’s invitation to visit Winchester in the hope of interesting Zac in his Irish timber trade. A trade that is being hampered by a legal battle over boundaries. When Doran encounters Leona, already installed at the Park, and discovers that she is the owner of the disputed right of way, his suspicions rage full-scale warfare with his instinctive attraction towards the beguiling widow.
Stranded at the Park in the grips of a bitter winter, Doran can’t decide if Leona is ambitiously vindictive or herself a victim of fraud. Thrown together they delve deeper into the backgrounds of those out to cause mischief but become distracted by their growing awareness of one another.
Lord Amos meanwhile, slowly coming to terms with the death of his beloved wife, has welcome news for Ariana.
Can Doran overcome his suspicions regarding the enticing widow’s intentions? Can Leona ever trust another man enough to risk her fragile heart? Will Amos’s conscience permit him to live again…