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Lord Maxwell Brandon is a flawed man. He lives daily with the ugly memories of the death and destruction he witnessed during England’s war with Napoleon. He has become a recluse, avoids people as much as he can, knowing anything can trigger the anxiety attacks that debilitate him. His only solace is the controversial column he writes anonymously for his brother’s newspaper, and the occasional glimpse of his enchanting neighbor, Lilliana.
Lilliana Staplehurst is about to be evicted. Having lost her parents in a horrible accident six months earlier, she knows the man set to inherit will be arriving any day to boot her from her home. The only distraction from her woes is her weekly correspondence with a mystery man who writes for the local newspaper. When he suggests they meet, she jumps at the chance to put the egotistical man in his place.
The two neighbors realize quickly they are destined to be together. Although they accept their feelings for one another and allow their love to grow, soon the memories from Maxwell’s past threaten what should be a happily-ever-after. Lilliana will have to be strong enough for both of them, to help him move beyond the past and embrace their future happiness.
Chloe Brandt wants to be a flapper. She's got the whole uniform down pat from the bobbed hair to the short skirts that ride above the knee when she dances The Charleston. She left the stifling confines and domestic violence of the farm where she grew up to find excitement in the city and to become a nurse. When fate drags her back home, the small town and its people she once thought of as old-fashioned and backward welcome her with open arms. They accept her for whom she is, and show Chloe that home is truly where the heart is.
Reese Lloyd is grieving the gangster-style murder of his brother and sister-in-law and wants to find his brother's murderer. When he and Chloe are named joint guardians of his brother's child, he is torn. Involved with another woman, dare he risk his heart on Chloe again? Can he trust her to stay and make a life with him?
Fearing retaliation from the Mob boss she ratted on to the Feds, Sabrina Marconi knows she has to disappear. When she finds an employment offer for a cook on a cattle ranch in the middle of nowhere, she jumps at the chance and changes her name to Laura Marshall. She doesn't expect to have a boss who makes her heart flutter, or to have to compete against two other women for the position.
Caleb Kirkpatrick is bored. When his cook leaves the ranch, he sees a reality-style competition for the position as a fun way to break up the daily monotony his life has become. He invites three women to the ranch, hoping one will stand out. Laura does that and she can cook in the kitchen, but he wonders what she can brew up in the bedroom.