Reginald Davenport, an untitled English aristocrat, decides that his life of drinking, gambling and meaningless sex is killing him. When he is offered an estate which used to belong to his mother's family, he returns there hoping to reform himself. Much to his surprise, the prosperous estate is being run by a female steward, Alys Weston. Not only is she female in a male's job, she is pursuing all sorts of reforming causes including the fostering of three orphans.
Instead of firing her, Reggie decides to give Alys a chance to prove she can continue in her job, all the while trying not to follow through on the attraction he feels for her. Alys finds her tall, dark, handsome employer too attractive with his intelligence and appalling sense of humor, but she doesn't believe he could be interested in a tall, odd-eyed female like her. She soon realizes he is also struggling with alcoholism and decides she should try to help him just as she has tried to help so many others on the estate.
Along with their growing attraction, each must also deal with their inner struggles; Reggie with addiction, Alys with a lack of confidence in her attractiveness as a female.
The review of this Book prepared by L. Watson