Clare Westmore’s season is going swimmingly until she injures her ankle and meets a handsome doctor who makes her question everything.
Considered a prize catch of the season, Clare is determined to land a duke, and things seem to be going well. After all, Mr. Alban, the future Duke of Harrington, is paying special attention to her. But when she hurts her ankle and meets Dr. Daniel Merial, everything changes. Fighting her physical and intellectual attraction is hard enough, but when Daniel becomes emotionally connected to her family and her siblings respond positively to his presence, it becomes even harder to disengage, even as she and Daniel begin to spend more time together and learn secrets they’re not sure they want to know. Worse, Clare’s family has secrets even she doesn’t know, and apparently her social rise is enough of a threat that some of her rivals—some she believed to be friends—will seek any opportunity to besmirch her. Meanwhile, the more she learns about Daniel—including his problematic background, professional brilliance and highly tuned social conscience—the more she realizes her social aspirations mean nothing compared to the feelings she has for him. Apparently, though, the time has come for her family to face their many secrets, and as Clare navigates the fallout, good and bad, she lets go of society’s rigid expectations to find her true self, a self who obviously belongs with Daniel. McQuiston explores class, friendship and family ties in this refreshing romance that follows Daniel’s and Clare’s journeys to self-enlightenment and love.
A charming romance with a unique, entertaining storyline that makes us cheer for the doctor hero, his broad-minded heroine and their eclectic supporting cast.