The Lionflowers have secrets, dark secrets. Which are a burden to the handsome and unmarried Hen Lionflower. As he struggles with the debts and scars, left by his abusive Father.
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Lucy is a proud ambitious academic, and desperate to escape from her controlling Guardian. Belatedly, she realises that she has at last encountered a man who could rescue her. But this realisation dawns, only after she has obviously ruined any hope of a chance with him.
Can Lucy win herself a place in the heart, of the grudge keeping Lord of the Lionflowers. Especially, as her goal will be opposed by both her Guardian and the ever judgemental Lionflowers.
Lady Lionflower desperately wants a reconciliation between her youngest son and her husband. Reluctantly,
Captain Henry Lionflower (Hen) returns to his childhood home.
Unfortunately Lord Lionflower, Hen's Father, can't let go of the past. Deeply insulted by his Father's angry words, Hen returns to his regiment and the frontline. Where he hears of his parents deaths. He returns home to discover that The Press apparently hates his womanising Father. Worse, The Press is now focusing on him.
The new Lord Lionflower should be a very rich and lucky young man. But his life is dominated by the grinding, desperate battle, to save his Estate from his profligate Father's debts. Aware of Hen's struggle and keen to help, Uncle Silas visits with a money making proposal. (A small scale archaeological survey). Which is how three pretty young ladies enter his empty life.
Lucy is the skilful manager of her vivacious man hunting friends. Hen quickly realises that being seen in the company of these women, is a gift to his enemies in the Press. But what choice does he have. Worse still, Lucy sees Hen as a threat to her survey. She treats him roughly and thereby places Hen upon the horns of a dilemma. He could easily get rid of the 'loathsome Lucy' and her 'impudent' and 'dangerous women'. Except, as he needs the survey to be a success, he must work with them.
Lucy and her Girls, quickly turn Hen's well-ordered bachelor life upside down.
Against her better judgement, Lucy develops a grudging respect for Hen. They establish a cool, but effective working relationship. All is well, until, Lucy's Girls decide that she needs a husband. And that Lord Lionflower would be perfect. After the way that she has treated him, how can Lucy possibly hope to succeed.