This is a classic love story that intimately exlores the characters and their evolving love story. Set in the early 19th century, Margaret, a poor widow, is pursued by an earl. Michael is your typical aristocrat who will eventually marry for money to save the family home etc. But he glimpses Margaret and is filled with lust and so embarks on an affair with Margaret. This is a sensual and passionate love story between the two characters. Both are strong and independant individuals whom you like and admire. It is a joy to read their romance. However,there is also a mystery to solve which adds to the drama and mystery. This is truly a sensitive and satisfying romance which I would highly recommend. Ranney is a deep and passionate writer whose characters have strength and individuality, so that each of her stories have a twist as well as a sensual and erotic feel. I would also recommend My Beloved.