Orphaned Cassandra Edwards loved to sit on the small hillock overlooking sprawling Ranleigh Manor, imagining that she lived the carefree life of a gentlewoman. But she was practical enough to know that her idle daydreams could never come true . . . until the fateful day Lord Ranleigh himself called on her — to request her hand in marriage! Darkly handsome with piercing blue eyes, Ranleigh was the most eligible bachelor in all Suffolk. He was also arrogant to the core. Wed him she might, but a union of convenience was not what Cassandra had in mind. For when two people vow to love and honor forever, they should live up to their promises!
When Lord Ranleigh chose Cassandra from all the others at the orphanage, he was seeking an obedient young lady who would know her place, apply herself to her household duties, and care for his motherless son. But Cassandra Edwards was a surprise in every way. Her far-too-agreeable looks — golden hair and smoky grey eyes, combined with her all-too-disagreeable beliefs about a well-made match — were not what he expected. Still, she was lovely — and while she was hardly the kind of wife he had in mind, she was the woman who was rabidly stealing his heart!