When young Julia Witherington doesn't receive the proposal for marriage she expects from William Ransome, she determines to never forgive him. They go their separate ways -- she returns to her family's Caribbean plantation, and he returns to the Royal Navy.
Now, twelve years later, Julia is about to receive a substantial inheritance, including her beloved plantation. When unscrupulous relatives try to gain the inheritance by forcing her into marriage, she turns to the only eligible man to whom her father, Admiral Sir Edward Witherington, will not object -- his most trusted captain and the man who broke her heart, William Ransome. Julia offers William her thirty thousand pound dowry to feign marriage for one year, but then something she could never have imagined happens. She starts to fall in love with him again.
Can two people overcome their hurt, reconcile their conflicting desires, and find a way to be happy together? Duty and honor, faith and love are intertwined in this intriguing tale from the Regency era.
KAYE'S WRITING REMINDS ME OF VICTORIA HOLT OR PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY. THIS IS A GREAT REGENCY ROMANCE READ. JULIA IS A MEMORABLE HEROINE -- UNORTHODOX AND SPUNKY. WILLIAM MAKES AN INTRIGUING (IF MISGUIDED) BROODING HERO. KAYE'S VILLAIN'S ARE JUST PLAIN EVIL AND SHE EXPERTLY WEAVES THEIR DIABOLICAL PLOT TO A POWERFUL CLIMAX. WONDERFUL SECONDARY CHARACTERS AND I'M PARTICULARLY INTRIGUED BY CHARLOTTE -- WHICH IS GOOD SINCE THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES BELONGS TO HER.