Nathaniel Fleming, veteran of Waterloo, falls in love with his Major’s spinster sister, Harriet. But Nathaniel is not what he seems, and before the wedding, the truth will out…
Eleanor Charlotte Fleming, forgotten daughter of a minor baronet, stakes her life on a deception and makes her name—if not her fortune—on the battlefield.
Her war at an end, she returns to England as Captain Nathaniel Fleming and wants nothing more than peace, quiet, and the company of horses. Instead, Captain Fleming meets Harriet. Harriet has averted the calamity of matrimony for a decade, cares little for the cut of her gowns, and is really rather clever. Falling in love is not a turn of the cards either of them expected.
Harriet accepts Captain Fleming, but will she accept Eleanor? Along the way, there are ballrooms, stillrooms, mollyhouses, society intrigue, and sundering circumstance.
I had high hopes for this book and it did not disappoint. The romance was sweet, fraught with obstacles to overcome, circumstances to endure and trials to rise above. It made the ending all the sweeter. Would definitely recommend! – K. A. Shay
I very much enjoyed this story. The characters were believable and sympathetic, and I loved the depth and richness of the friendship between Fleming and Sherbourne and the romance between Fleming and Harriet. The attention paid to details really roots the story in its historical setting without having to rely on dramatic events or tropes. The plot is exciting, too! The Napoleonic Wars are over, but there’s still plenty of intrigue to be had in society. – Teresa
Beautiful story and lovely dialogue, delicately written. The main romance is excellent, but my favorite part was the friendship between Captain Nathaniel and the Major, and their war history together, and the trauma that they still feel from it. I also loved the background of queer community that the romance takes place against. – Andrea Whitacre