When Penelope Mayes, destitute gentlewoman, was offered the chance to wed a rich stranger who needed a wife within the week, she seriously considered accepting the proposal. It was a business proposition, after all.
Penelope had an orderly mind and tended to make lists of all pros and cons of every situation, and this offer had many points in its favor. And the one point against it she did not dare admit to herself . . . that she loved, not the man offering her the post, but his scandalous, aloof, licentious and very attractive uncle.