Hugh Dulonget of Hillcrest has inherited more than land and an earldom - he's also inherited a bride in the form of Willa. On first hearing of his unusual inheritance, Hugh tells Willa he does not want to marry her - because she's not good enough for him! Ironic in a man who has been turned down by others due to his lack of funds. Subsequently he finds out if he doesn't marry Willa, he won't get the money that accompanies the title and land, and thus won't be able to support the Earldom (more irony). Even though even Willa doesn't know who her natural father is - although no illegitimate village lass which is Hugh's initial assumption - Hugh now finds he has to 'crawl on his knees' to his prospective wife, and that's where the fun starts.
Sands really seems to enjoy writing her books, and they are certainly a pleasure to read. Both Willa and Hugh get into some funny, embarrassing and agonising situations in the course of the book, and this is classic Sands. The mystery of the book is to find out who Willa really is, and who would want to kill her, but although this is the action of the piece it is not exactly rocket science to work out.
If you already like Sands writing, buy this book because it is a fine example. If you like medieval tales withough too much contact with court life, light romance with a comic touch and again a very light mystery, you'll enjoy this book. If you like to be able to read a book in a long afternoon whilst sitting in a bay window as raindrops meander lazily down the window, this is a story for you. It won't have you pondering on the deeper message, but it will leave you with a smile on your face.