Jennings, a businessman in Victorian England, has no use for family and never wants to have one. Being a husband and especially a father is too much hassle, so why marry at all. However, life plays a joke on Jennings and gives him the exact thing he shuns when he is unexpectedly made guardian of not one but three young kids, his cousins Penny, James, and Thomas. Even though the children are very well behaved, Jennings is not thrilled with this responsibility and does not relish the prospect of having to carry it alone. He turns for help to his sister, but she has four kids of her own, so there is not much she can do. Then Jennings notices a neighbor, a beautiful young lady named Marianne. As he observes her, he comes to the conclusion that she will be a good mother to his adopted children. He tells her that and proposes to her. Marianne refuses. She sees that Jennings does not love her and only needs someone to take care of the kids. Some time goes by, and Jennings falls in love with Marianne. He proposes to her again, this time “for real.” But Marianne does not believe that his reasons are different this time. Now it is up to Jennings to convince her that his feelings of love are genuine.
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The review of this Book prepared by Laura Southcombe