I must say, I was very impressed. This is the 2nd novel I have read by Griggs, and absolutely love the way she draws you into the characters' lives! A Will of Her Own had a much more lengthy love scene than Whatever It Takes (her previous novel I read), and I realized it was because of the CHARACTERS. Genius! Griggs doesn't just incorporate certain boughts of romance just to have it there-- she genuinely customizes it to the characters. In all of the novels/fiction I have read, Griggs is the first author I have come accross to accomplish this so well. That alone is worth reading all of her works.
England, 1824: Will Trevaron is banished from his family and his estate due to circumstances surrounding his broken engagement. A man of honor, Will lets his family (and most of England) believe he battered his ex-fiance, when actually he caught her in the arms of her lover. Will then moves to America where, over a course of six years, he becomes a very successful business owner. When he receives a letter from his grandfather stating he (Will) has become the rightful heir of Lynchmorne, return to England and find a wife, Will has an idea of his own...
Maggie Carter is a recent widow and long time acquantance of Will's. Saving his life nearly six years prior and instantly taken with him, Maggie is surprised when Will proposes a marriage of convenience. By accepting she is able to recover from debt, save her stables and most importantly her stepchildren. Maggie then finds there may be much more involved than first expected--for both of them.
When Will is attacked in an alley and nearly killed the day before their wedding, Maggie is forced to begin to come to terms with the way she really feels for her soon-to-be husband. While Maggie nurses him back to health, Will also realizes his feelings may be more than attractiveness and friendship. Still, because of occurances in their pasts, Maggie finds it difficult to fully trust Will on many levels. Does Will have the patience and tenderness it takes to uncover the truth and draw Maggie out of her shell?
There are plenty of other interesting happenings as well. For instance: Is the attack on Will any relation to the fire that destroyed his business less than a week before? If so, who is responsible? How will the children adjust to all of the travel and changes? Will Will stand beside his wife when it comes to his family? Surprise after surprise, Griggs delivers way more than anticipated.