Jean Lindsay lives a miserable life with her violent drunkard of an uncle—and counts daydreaming about the handsome Marquess of Fleetwater as one of her few pleasures. But when she comes into an inheritance, she finds herself in danger—and the Marquess steps in to rescue her. But will he lose his heart to this beautiful stranger?
With little to live on but her romantic daydreams - which frequently starred the dashing Marquess of Fleetwater - Jean Lindsay lived a rather dismal life with her nasty, drunken uncle. Jean was always the object of ridicule, that is, until news of her unexpected inheritance spread. Suddenly her worn dresses became "quaint", and her forthright manner turned magically to "charming", but to Jean’s horror, someone wanted her dead!
With the marquess nearby to save her pretty neck, Jean felt quite safe… and quite smitten. As for her hero… how had an unsophisticated child from a Scottish manse turned his head and his heart askew?
M. C. Beaton
M. C. Beaton is the pen name of bestselling novelist Marion Chesney. She is a prolific writer of historical romances and small village mysteries. Born in Scotland, the author began her writing career as a fiction buyer for a Glasgow bookstore and has worked as a theater critic, newspaper reporter, and editor.
The author has written under various names, most notably as M. C. Beaton for her Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series. She also has written under the names Sarah Chester, Helen Crampton, Ann Fairfax, Marion Gibbons, Jennie Tremaine, and Charlotte Ward.
The author lived in the United States, but now splits her time between the Cotswolds, England and Paris, France.