Impoverished Harriet Clifton visits her rich, widowed sister Cordelia to meet a wealthy suitor—and sets her sights on the Marquess of Arden. But the devastatingly handsome Marquess wants a mistress, not a wife—and has no intention of falling in love.
Must one sister suffer in poverty while the other sister lives in the lap of luxury? This question plagued Harriet Clifton incessantly. Inviting herself to her widowed sister Cordelia’s posh London townhouse for the season was surely the only way to meet a suitable partner - as well as to escape droughty old Pringle House forever.
The vain Cordelia was meanwhile casting her net for the notorious Marquess of Arden, a man who preferred to court a mistress rather than wed a wife.
Who would have believed that the Marquess would succumb to Harriet’s countrified charms? Or that Cordelia would stoop quite so low as to try to conquer the Marquess at her own sister’s expense.
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.