"I was . . . able to overhear snippets of their conversation while they were at the tea shop."
Rose Finlay's decision to enjoy a cup of hot tea after a long day at work set into motion a series of both fortunate and unfortunate events. Widowed at a young age, she was proud of her independence, maintaining a reputable position as the assistant manager of a London post office. It was the conversation going on beside her that had her nerves on edge, a lovely young woman was being way too familiar with a man that Rose knew had quite the reputation . . . and a poor one at that.
When John Milburn inadvertently meets his niece hurriedly exiting a local tea ship, he is obviously concerned for her reputation. Observing the other customers through the windows, he's sees nothing amiss but allows his gaze to linger on an attractive woman sitting alone reading a book. What were the chances that they would soon run into each other again . . . following the same couple enjoying a cleverly arranged clandestine meeting?
As John and Rose form an unusual alliance on his niece's behalf, Rose is forced to face the unpleasantness of her past, while John begins to wonder how different his future could be with a woman of Rose's caliber by his side. Regrettably there are forces outside of his control that threaten to send those aspirations into a downward spiral, causing Rose to become pretty certain that she wants nothing else to do with his family.
"I just wanted to say that if you should ever want to borrow another book from my library, you have only to ask." That's practically a proposal, isn't it?
Can she find the strength to heal the wounds of her past--and open her heart again?
A widow at just thirty years of age, Rose Finlay is determined to put all ideas of marriage and family behind her and pursue an independent life. But when she notices a young woman about to be led astray by a roguish aristocrat, bitter memories from her past arise, and she feels compelled to intervene. The unintended consequences of her efforts will ultimately force Rose to reexamine her life in a new light.
As the guardian of his two widowed sisters' financial and domestic affairs, John Milburn carries heavy responsibilities for a single man. But he's faced with his biggest challenge when his headstrong niece falls prey to the attentions of a powerful man who could ruin both her and her family.
When Rose and John join forces to protect his niece, they put everything they hold dear--including their growing attraction--in jeopardy.