Having given up hope of ever finding a lady to replace his lost love, Clarissa, Gareth has resigned himself to a marriage of convenience. He plans a union based on mutual liking certainly, but nothing more as he is unable to offer love. He has decided to ask his old friend Lady Hesther to marry him, as he likes her and knows that her family do not value her as they should. Hesther is gentle, quiet, shy, myopic, and every day of 29!!! Her father is stunned by this unlooked-for good fortune as she has been on the shelf for years. But after hearing the news, Hesther cries herself to sleep. Why would she do that? Then Amanda bursts onto the scene. In many ways she resembles the lovely Clarissa in her impulsiveness, independence and beauty. She proceeds to wreak havoc in Sir Gareth's plans, and is she the new love he is looking for? Gareth certainly comes to see things rather more clearly by the end of this charming and funny story. I promise you wil love this novel, really it is one of her very best.