Mannerling, the splendid family estate gambled
away by Sir Beverley, remains the passionate desire of his daughters. Beverley
himself has died; the eldest daughter, Isabella—having failed in her bid to
reclaim their home—is blissfully wed. The mantle of savior then falls to the
next eldest daughter, Jessica. How fortunate that the new owner of Mannerling
has a marriageable son. In truth, Harry is a brutal lecher, a drunkard, and a
wastrel, but Jessica, blinded by determination, vows to secure a betrothal. She
is barely aware of the attentions of handsome, charming Professor Robert
Sommerville, whose affection for Jessica is equaled only by the fear that her
obsession to secure Mannerling will lead to disaster for all concerned. As
scandal and intrigue swirl around her, Jessica must discover where the heart
finds true happiness.
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