A Lady is married to an older Lord- a marriage of convenience. One day while walking in her garden, she catches the eye of the new gardener. Love at first sight for them both. But what to do? She is married, and in the Regency, you simply didn't run away from your marriage, especially with the hired help.
This is a short story, so the author doesn't have a lot of time or space in which to give a lot of background information about the characters. I understand that. However, you must give the reader a chance to know each of the characters- grasp the essence of their being, otherwise you, as the reader, just simply won't feel a connection with them and won't care about what happens to them.
We never really find out who the H is. He discusses his life at the end of the story, but there remains a lot of loose ends and holes in the storyline. The H is accused of a crime by an important character, but we don't know how this information surfaced- is there some type of connection between the H and the family he works for? If he is a criminal, how is it that he is employed at the estate? Or do the "facts" surrounding the supposed crime only conveniently come to light near the end of the story when at least one of the characters somehow comes into possession of new information- and if so, how did this information reach one or more of the other characters?
I wish things could have been wrapped up more decisively at the end. I found some of the actions undertaken by the characters unbelievable, however, I realize it is a short story- just a glimpse into the lives of a group of people. Perhaps their wishes, choices, and actions should be enjoyed within the context of the story and not over-analyzed.