This was another delightful free read from Amazon. Shades of Georgette Heyer (just shades) because the physical part of life never appears in her books and it does in this one!
We have the arrogant Duke whose mother (even more complicated than the Duke) on her deathbed actually is able to extract a promise from her son that he will "consider" Miranda Grey as a prospective wife. He has never heard of her, she is not part of the ton and is a rustic to boot.
Miranda appears bedraggled, wet and every inch a GH heroine. His gentlemanly feelings overcome his feelings of indifference because Miranda has been put in the delicate position of spending the night at the Hall with only the Duke and his irresponsible brother for company. To save her reputation he has to marry her and marry her he does.
What follows is a older version of Downton Abbey - domestics, upstairs, downstairs and all and of course the romance that has to flower between our Duke and Duchess with a spanner in the works from his brother.
A surprisingly pleasant, light hearted read.