Elinor Abbott was only 14 years old when she and her father left England for America. Six years later, with war at their doorstep, she is forced to return to her land of birth and a life amongst the aristocracy she abhors. A return to England also means facing the man who brutally attacked her as an adolescent.
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Lord Vernon and Lady Beatrice Chalcroft had been betrothed since childhood. However, unlike most arranged marriages, Vernon had loved Beatrice since the first time he saw her. The season they should have been married found the relationship severed by jealousy and pride. Lady Beatrice was sent away from home to reform her spiteful behavior, and finds herself reduced from a duke's daughter to a life of service in Scotland trying to learn the ways of the less privileged.
At 19, Lady Lydia Markham was beautiful, bookish, and naive. Her sheltered, loveless upbringing had not educated her in the ways of the beau monde or the men who inhabited it. So when she met Nathaniel, Lord Fairmont, it was all too easy to be swept away by his rakish charm and good looks. She was devastated when he did not propose marriage but joined Wellington's army instead.
Andrew Abbott was the last man standing; all of his friends had succumbed to leg shackles. Now that he had sold out from the army, he was unsure how he wanted to spend the rest of his life. His father proposed sending him back to restore their burned plantation in America, but just as he was set to leave, he met the woman of his dreams.
The Dowager Duchess of Loring, had finally married off all her grandchildren and was now uncertain what her future held. When she accompanies her grandson and his new wife on trip to Italy, a chance encounter with a past love turns her world upside down. For over 30 years, Luca Faranese, Conte de Salerno, has tried to forget about the woman who stole his heart. Fate gives them a second chance, but will their love be enough to keep them together forever the second time?