An Earl who fears betrayal, a Lady certain in her affections, a long lost friend, an unhealthy obsession, a love saved from scandal and ruin. Roland Shelton, Earl of Eldwood, has finally allowed himself to trust that he will not be betrayed, to believe that he is worthy of love, and is soon to marry. Cautiously, he hopes for happiness. Lady Gabrielle Vickery has dreamed of marrying Lord Eldwood for many years, and is ecstatic that it’s finally going to happen. She cannot imagine anything that could ruin their happiness, and looks forward to the final reading of the banns, and the actual wedding. But even the best plans can fail… and as the banns are read the unthinkable happens. Now, Gabrielle finds herself questioning her own emotions, and Roland’s, their marriage is in doubt, and Roland’s newfound trust will be tested to the extreme.
Can he believe that Gabrielle has not betrayed him? Can Gabrielle believe that Roland truly loves her? Can they resolve it in time, before scandal ruins them both? And the most important question of all - will the marriage actually happen, or has one careless moment in childhood stolen their future?