This book was a total disappointment. I think it was poorly written. The characters were never developed -- totally flat. They would do and say things that came out of no where and just didn't make sense.
Cecily is seen as a "madcap heiress" but Mack sees her as intelligent and intuitive. But, she admits she does nothing with her life and shopping is her best asset.
Mack admits he does not want to get married, but that he has fallen in love with Cecily. Then he leaves w/o looking back and freaks whenever anyone says "family".
Cyrus is a rich, ruthless business man who has made himself look like Santa Claus to unnerve his business associates. However, he teaches his step-granddaughter about ethics and eats in the kitchen with the servants.
Hannah has spent her whole life pining away for her father. She meets her step-mom and finds out her dad is a crook and immediately wants nothing to do with him and calls the step-mom "Mom".
The characters do not behave in the way they should based on how Ms. Kane wrote them. Personally, I think it is just bad writing.