In other words, Captain Daniel Balfour was a soldier and not a suitor . . . but let us back up to the very moment that he met the young lady in question, shall we? . . . Theodosia Stapleton was literally walking along the road that he happened to be traveling . . . on his way to inquire about the welfare of his newly orphaned niece. When Theodosia's quick thinking and sharp wit saved the captain from a flood of unwanted attention for his heralded heroics, she inadvertently put both of them in a rather awkward predicament, pretending that he was someone other than who he really was. It was all working rather nicely, until it wasn't.
In spite of how much Theodosia's selfless care for her family, including his niece, endeared her to him, Daniel was determined to continue his military career deciding it would be most unfair to encourage his heart, or this dear one, to believe otherwise.
"Theo . . . had submitted her hopes and dreams to God, as she desperately clung to God's promise to never fail her. But sometimes living in faith and finding contentment felt like battles demanding courage worthy of a certain brave soldier."
Not much happens in Theodosia Stapleton's tiny Northumberland
village. Certainly not to her. She has resigned herself to spinsterhood,
caring for her ailing mother in the home of her grandfather, known to
the locals as "General Contrary." When her dear friend dies and leaves
behind a daughter, it's simple enough to take the child into her own
quiet world. That is, until her ward's famous uncle unexpectedly arrives
and throws Theo's tidy orbit completely off-kilter.
Fame was the last thing Daniel Balfour sought when he fought in the Peninsular War. But his brave exploits caught the attention of the King, and now the honors he was given hound him everywhere . . . even on his rushed trip to rescue his orphaned niece.
Theo's quick wit and warm smile reassure him that Rebecca is in good hands, and he finds himself free to swiftly return to London and his responsibilities. But those caring hands are beginning to look like they could also safely hold his heart, and he's tempted to linger. Unfortunately, marriage is simply not in the cards; the army is spouse enough for him.
Then an accident and a scandal lead both Theo and Daniel to discover that their best-laid plans may not have been what God designed for them after all.
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