Belinda Beverley is determined to win back Mannerling, her family’s beloved former estate, by marrying the owner. But Lord Luke St. Clair can’t hold a candle to the brilliant and handsome Lord Gyre—and she soon must make a choice between love and her family’s ancestral home.
As one of the two remaining unmarried Beverley sisters, Belinda considered herself the last hope for Mannerling, the beloved estate gambled away by their father. Each of her four elder sisters had hoped--even schemed--to marry one of Mannerling's successive owners. But all had chosen true love over their ancestral home. Practical and duty-bound, Belinda would woo and wed Lord St. Clair, current holder of the estate. True, he was a silly fop, hardly what she desired in a husband, but she vowed to make the man love her--even at the expense of her own happiness. However, dashing Lord Gyre could hardly ignore the ridiculous drama. Belinda was far too good for that dandy St. Clair. Therefore, his lordship decided it was his duty to win the lovely Belinda's heart!
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.