This story, by the woman credited with establishing the Regency romance subgenre, was originally published in 1953. Young Kitty Charing has been brought up in the country by a miserly guardian with a large fortune. The old man draws up his will and decides to leave his fortune to Kitty, on the condition that she marries one of his great-nephews. He invites the great-nephews for the weekend to inform them of his decision and encourage them to propose to Kitty. Kitty, in a fit of pique because her favorite, the dashing and handsome Jack, does not show up, convinces her cousin Freddy to pretend to be engaged to her. Good natured Freddy agrees, and the fun begins. Kitty then hatches a plan to go to London and stay with Freddy’s family in the hopes of making Jack jealous. You can guess where this is going: eventually, Freddy and Kitty discover that they love one another, but the journey to that realization is delightful reading. Heyer has remained popular because of her thoroughly researched and expert depiction of Regency England, including Regency cant, dress and social customs, as well as her sparkling characters—all evident in this engaging story.