Lysander is young gorgeous and goodnatured, but to the despair of his formidable head master father he is completely nonacademic. His father becomes fed up with bankrolling Lysander, and insists that he find a job and make his own way. Lysander despairs at this news, he is dyslexic and being kindhearted is always giving away his last penny or spending it on lost causes.
His friend Ferdie is sharp and clever, and loves Lysander even though he often feels unattractive in his presence. Ferdie comes up with a plan after a woman that Lysander had a fling with tells him that her husband had been so much more attentive and their marriage was much improved due to jealousy at the attention Lysander had given her.
Ferdie finds a rich wife, Marigold, who has let herself go a little, and is worried about her husband losing interest and having an affair. She agrees to the scheme, which involves Lysander hanging around and paying her lots of attention to raise the suspicion of her husband, as well as Ferdie getting her back in shape. Dropped calls, flowers arriving and Marigold becoming svelte and well turned out all do the job nicely and the husband is back in line.
A series of successes make money for Lysander and Ferdie, and the business is going well, until Ferdie accepts a huge challenge; trying to help Kitty, the downtrodden wife of the evil Ranaldinni (from previous books) Even Lysander thinks that this is a lost cause, but agrees to try and he and Ferdie get to work.
Kitty has always known that Ranaldinni was not faithful to her, but respects her marriage vows and is desperate for a baby, so accepts their help in trying to attract her husband. As Kitty and Lysander spend more time together, he falls in love with her sweet nature and innate goodness, and tries to get her to leave Ranaldinni, but she will not as she respects the marriage vows.
Then Kitty finds out that Ranaldinni had a vasectomy before they were even married, and has been lying to her the whole time. She leaps onto Ranaldinnis most expensive and vicious horse in spite of her fear of horses and rides across the valley to the cottage that Lysander is renting, falling into his arms. They end up living happily ever after, having children, and Lysander finds his ideal career in a racing stable nearby.
Best part of story, including ending:
I like the whole premise, that cheating husbands can be brought back into line by creating a bit of jealousy
Best scene in story:
I love the scene when Marigold realizes that all the hard work and subterfuge is working
Opinion about the main character:
Lysander is genuinely nice, he always helps people and isn't arrogant as he could be with his looks.