In 1677 England, twenty-one year old Rose Ashcroft is
considered by friends, family, and herself as a spinster
especially with her younger sister getting married. Advice
to her usually runs to hiding her intelligence and settling
for someone less than Prince Charming as Rose is an
aristocratic snob in terms of a potential spouse.
Architect Kit Martyn and Rose are very attracted to each
other. However, neither welcomes the feelings as he is
beneath her husband criteria as a commoner and he rejects
love having seen his parents die young and poor. Her
mother thinks they are perfect for one another and plans to
push them into one another's arms even if her daughter says
no and the selected groom wants an aristocrat for his
sister not himself.
The latest seventeenth century flowery romance is a solid
tale due to the attitudes of the lead protagonists.
Neither one wants to fall in love with the other as each
has an "acceptable" standard that their beloved fails to
attain. The story line is fun to follow as ROSE learns
love is the class equalizer and Kit finds out that though
his parents were impoverished they were happy because they
cherished one another.
The last of the lovely Ashcroft sisters to find a husband,
Rose is fast approaching spinsterhood at the age of twenty-
one. But the intellectual beauty is determined to make her
way down the aisle—with no less than a nobleman—even if it
means hiding her brains, her hopes, and her dreams.
There is someone, however, to whom Rose can reveal
everything. He is Christopher "Kit" Martyn, a handsome and
determined man set on landing the post of official Royal
Architect. Though a commoner, Kit is no stranger to female
attention, and does not hesitate to pursue the out-of-
Rose despite her seeming disinterest in him. Somehow, he
must convince her that a title is worth nothing in the
presence of a noble and passionate heart...