When Mary visits Charlotte at Hunsford, she meets Major Carleton Quartermaine, a brash relation to Lady Catherine de Bourgh. "Carley" sees a side of Mary she's always kept hidden, and he utterly disarms her when they sing a duet together.
The attention is unexpected and thrilling, but can prim Mary give her heart to a man she cannot trust?
Even the ultimate marriage of convenience deserves a little romance!
Charlotte Lucas marries Mr. Collins only to discover her new household dominated by another woman ~ Lady Catherine de Bourgh. To escape her husband's oppressive patroness, Charlotte goes to London with Mr. Darcy to visit her friend Eliza Bennet. There a charming rogue takes an unsettling interest...in Charlotte!
But the inevitable has merely been delayed, and Charlotte must stand up to Lady Catherine or never truly call her home her own. Meanwhile, what Mr. Collins has been doing in her absence will change their married life forever...
"I am not romantic, you know; I never was. I only ask a comfortable home..." ~ Charlotte Lucas