A Calamitous Couple . . . Returning Baron Dugdale's long-lost granddaughter to Brighton seems a lark to haughty Valerian Fitzhugh until he locates the stunning if somewhat irascible Allegra Crispino in a rundown Florence pensione. Here, to his great chagrin, is no Mayfair tea rose – but a volatile beauty with blazing sapphire eyes, a theatrical temper ... and garlic sausages stuffed in her bodice!
To Valerian, the miss is a minx. To Allegra, her chaperon is a handsome prig. He bemoans her acquaintance, she fumes at his airs. But back in England, Allegra blossoms gloriously... and is shocked when her high-handed escort brazenly steals a kiss. Do the sparks that fly between them mask something far more gentle and tender? Could it possibly be love?