Dandy Peregrine Lochley detests the country. It’s exceedingly dull…until the wheel of of his curricle sinks in mud and a country miss digs him out. Feeling obliged to repay her kindness, he invites her to dine at Friar’s House, the estate let by his friends the Gages. Caroline Martin is a mystery, and the more Lochley happens upon her, the more he wants to uncover her secrets. But when Lochley rescues Caro from two men accosting her in town, he finds out the ugly truth about Caro and about himself.
Better than scandal.
Caroline Martin made one mistake. She trusted a man who betrayed her. Now she lives in seclusion on her father’s vineyard. When she meets viscount’s son Peregrine Lochley, she’s tempted to trust again. Her worst fears are realized when he discovers her secret. Can he accept her, despite her flaws, or will this wine expert reject her like an inferior vintage?
***This novella was previously featured in the anthology A Gentleman for All Seasons.***