This is a story of two people who are related to each other only by the fact that Rosalie's mother had been married to Declan's father, as they are around 4 years apart they enjoyed a brief time where they were together as children as neither parent wanted them around.
Now Rosalie having been taken from her boarding school by the headmistress, because for 2 years they had kept her on even though she was finished and no longer a student, and she was brought to Declan (now the Duke of Banbury following his father's passing a few years before) as her irresponsible mother was not home and there were no other relatives upon whom she could depend.
The twists and turns along the way to what I thought was a very well deserved HEA will not only entertain you they will open your eyes once again at how hard it would be for a woman with no money and no position to live in the time period this book was placed.
Makes me glad to be living in 2015 where for the most part we have choices and options that females did not for a very long time. It is one thing to choose one's spouse and quite another to be treated like a possession which could be bartered for or bought.
Anyway off my soap box and just have to say this was exactly the kind of historical romance that enjoy no matter how close in nature to others that have read before it. Sometimes using a tried and true formula actually is the best way in which to portray a love story.