When Charlotte's father dies, she travels to London to seek employment, to save her family from destitution. Once hired temporaryly by the wealthy and ill Lady Wellington, Charlotte becomes curious about her only son, Edmund who joined the militia several years prior without returning home until Charlotte writes him a letter telling him of his mother's failing health. It isn't long until Lady Wellington begins playing matchmaker in hopes of finding a bride for her son to no avail. When suddenly Charlotte receives a letter from her mother telling her that her brother was injured in an accident and can no longer farm the land. Charlotte terrified of her family's welfare announces that she must return home to help her family possibly move. Charlotte while packing is visited by Edmund who proposes unexpectedly, offering a marriage of convenience, which seems to be the answer her families prayers until a secret is discovered that could destroy everything that she holds dear. Copyright © 2016 by Elysse McKenna All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law.