This novella is a very well written romance with the right mix of conflict, chemistry, emotion and sexual tension. For the heroine, it is also about rising from the ashes and embracing life.
Things seem dire for Mary in the beginning, as she is hiding secrets and seemingly betraying her fiancé, John. As the couple ends their relationship, the heartbreak they feel is communicated beautifully. I longed for them to recapture their love, even though I, as a reader, did not know the details or see it blossom from the beginning. It takes great skill for a writer to be able to immediately foster that feeling in me.
Then they have a second chance at love. From feelings of disappointment, resentment and suspicion we follow John and Mary as they build a friendship. I so enjoyed reading as their new love developed.
Aside from Mary's romance, there is a secondary story involving Mary's employer. That part of the story was suspenseful, and had my heart beating hard, hoping for Mary's success.
The history of financial law and matrimonial law is highlighted beautifully, putting the historical context of this story front and centre for the reader.
I find Courtney Milan is an inspired writer, and she created satisfying solutions for her characters' predicaments.
John and Mary are strong, honourable and very likeable characters. My heart warmed reading their romance. This story was a winner for me.
*includes sex scenes