The guests were arriving, the bells were ringing . . . . . . but the bride was missing. In her exquisite silk wedding gown, Julianna Redmere was a vision against the rose-bedecked background of her parents' Yorkshire estate. And her groom? Therein lay her dilemma, for Julianna had never met Lord Carlton. Wags whispered that he was a handsome rakehell who wanted a wife solely for breeding purposes. But Julianna needed something more – she needed love. So she decided to run and tumbles into the arms of a mysterious stranger who turns out to be . . . the groom she's never met.