When a handsome stranger arrives in Bath, Miss Lilyanna Crosgrove is charmed at once by his kind manner, for Mr. Elijah Bainbridge is a true gentleman. Even Lilyanna’s overbearing mother, who dictates where Lilyanna may go and with whom she may speak, approves of the attachment.
That is, until an unsightly and unrelenting suitor seeking Lilyanna’s hand spreads rumors of Elijah’s past. Certain any connection will ruin her daughter’s reputation, Lilyanna’s mother forbids further association with Elijah and his family.
Will Lilyanna risk severing her relationship with her parents by choosing Elijah, or will she comply with her mother’s wishes, marrying someone she does not love and forfeiting the very man she does?