Millicent understands the terms of her arranged marriage all
too well. She gets to be a Countess by marrying an impoverished
Earl. And in return, the Earl Fitzhugh receives the benefit of her
vast wealth, saving his family from bankruptcy. Because of her
youth, they have agreed to wait eight years before consummating the
marriage--and then, only to beget an heir. After which, they will
lead separate lives.
It is a most sensible arrangement. Except for one little thing.
Somehow Millie has fallen head over heels in love with her husband.
Her husband, who has become her very best friend, but nothing
more...Her husband, who plans to reunite with his childhood
sweetheart, the beautiful and newly widowed Isabella, as soon as he
has honored the pact with his wife...
As the hour they truly become husband-and-wife draws near, both
Millie and Fitzhugh must face the truth in their hearts. Has their
pact bred only a great friendship--or has it, without either of
them quite noticing, given rise to a great love?