Frances Allard has a comfortable life teaching at a girls’ school near Bath. She has good friends and a meaningful occupation, a circumstance for which, given her past, she is more than grateful. After a restful Christmas holiday in the country with her two elderly great aunts, her return to Miss Martin’s Academy is disrupted by an ill-timed snowstorm and a frustrating encounter with Lucius Marshall, Viscount Sinclair. The slippery conditions and coming darkness necessitate withdrawal to a nearby, deserted, inn. As the snow mounts, so does the sexual tension between this unlikely pair. However, social and personal obstacles make it seem doubtful that these two can ever have more than fleeting romance.
This is another well written Regency-era romance by acclaimed author Mary Balogh. As in her other novels, the characters are lovable, witty and multifaceted. The setting is thoroughly described to the last detail. The action is meticulously plotted and paced. Balogh has perfected the art of writing what is essentially the same plot repeatedly, but with fresh twists and turns designed to appeal not only to her loyal fans, but to new readers as well. Some might read that as a backhanded compliment, but it is certainly not my intention to criticize. I have recommended her novels to many of my friends with much success.