Alistair Carsington, wounded war hero from Waterloo, fastidious fashion follower and third son of an Earl loved woman far too well, and it had lead to so many scandals. Each of which he had had to be bailed out of by his Father.
An ultimatum was now placed before him that he had to make his own way in the world or marry an heiress. He also had a debt to repay his lifelong friend for saving his leg, and his life, at Waterloo.
To undertake both trying to make a living and repaying his old friend he hies off to Northumberland to resolve the issue over a proposed canal.
There he meets Mirabel Oldridge, as unconcerned about her looks and clothes as anyone could be. Having run her Father's estate for 10 years, Alistair was the stuff of nightmares.
An extraordinarily enhancing story, with multi-faceted characters, with many levels of wit and humour from yet another new author to me. It covered the tricky subject of post traumatic stress from both war and bereavement in in the most imaginative way .... that having been said, don't expect a dry tome ........ this story is so much more, and you will fall in love with all of the characters, and establish a real desire to visit Matlock Bath.
A 4.5 star ***** read.
I am about to tackle another new author next, although I can report that the pile of books is increasing as the Parental Control reads ever quicker.