Unlike most men of his acquaintance, Gregory Bridgerton is a firm believer in true love. Gregory is just biding his time until the right woman comes along. When he does find Ms Right in the rather lovely form of Lucinda Abernathy, it is only to discover that she is about to marry another man.
Gareth St Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth's sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past, and the key to his future. The problem is - it's written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.
Only, in 1811, the nineteen-year-old Viscount Turner - eldest brother of Miranda's closest friend - had kissed the hand of an awkward ten-year-old girl and promised her that one day she'd be as beautiful as she was smart. Now, eight years later, Miranda is a woman grown, and Turner an embittered widower. But she has never stopped loving Turner.