Warner, Nov 2004, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1814 a pregnant woman claims to be the wife of Captain John Grayson. Before he refutes her statement, she gives birth with John serving as the midwife. John sends for his cousin Harry and his wife to take care of the woman and her infant Sean. John tells Harry that he never met the woman and concludes that she is a con artist. He asks Harry to take care of this mess while he returns to war.
Harry and his spouse find the marriage certificate that has John's signature on it. He does the right thing and takes Maggie Smith to live with John's estranged father. Unwelcome at first, Maggie brings sunshine and smiles to Summerton Hall where she is received as John's wife.
Two years later, John returns to find everyone believes Maggie is his wife. He plans to uncover the identity of the impersonator as he now believes she really believed that she once married John Grayson, but why is she perpetrating the fraud once she knew who he was. What he did not anticipate was falling in love with a woman he does not trust and loving someone else's child.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner