(Find this book in our catalog) If you or your family were part of London society during the eighteen hundreds certain requirements were standard for marriage. A man needed a wife of good family and background and her money could help in his choice. A woman’s reputation – not just her’s but her parents’ and siblings’ – needed to be of the highest to enable her to make a marriage that would afford the best there was. Unfortunately, Beatrice Gregory has a prodigal for a brother. Melton Gregory has squandered the family fortune, putting Beatrice in the awkward position of having to find a job as a companion since without a dowry she has no hope of making a good match.
Edmond Greystone is looking for a “suitable wife,” who’s connections would help him with his work in the House of Lords and with his charitable endeavors. Edmond has seen and met lots of marriageable young ladies who meet the standards of suitable for his position in society but who do not appeal. At a party he meets Lady Parton’s companion Miss Beatrice and is attracted to her, though realizing that Beatrice is the sister of the wastrel Melton and that association with her could jeopardize his ambitions. Despite everything Lady Beatrice seems to be the only one to capture his attention and also his heart. Come along on the journey to find out whether reconciliation with her brother and repairing of their fortune will allow Beatrice and Edmond a chance at happiness ever after.
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