Lady Sarah Marchmain—Sadie to her few friends—a headstrong duke’s daughter, does not care for the man her father insists she marry, or any man, really. After coming to literal blows over her impending nuptials, Sadie finds herself incarcerated in charming Puddling-on-the-Wold until she “sees reason.” She couldn’t be happier to get away from her loathsome family, especially after she meets the local baronet’s son, Tristan Sykes. There is something about the brooding man that unexpectedly intrigues her, even if her heart is as hard as a South African diamond.
Tristan, however, knows his history. His own grandmother might have married his grandfather when she was locked up in Puddling, but he has no interest in marriage, nor does he wish to bring any scandal on the Puddling Rehabilitation Foundation. They narrowly averted a lawsuit last year, and his father Sir Bertram was so shaken he’s removed himself to Paris, leaving his son in charge of the governing board.
Tristan can’t let his father down. But how can he resist redheaded Sadie Marchmain when she turns up around every corner of his ancestral estate?