Retired naval lieutenant Benjamin Frost encounters the gorgeous courtesan, Charlotte Perry in a village inn. Charlotte is running from her last paramour and towards her greatest secret by way of village of her childhood and her ruin. Newly minted golden guineas were stolen from the crown and rumour of the appearance of one has surfaced in Charlotte's old stamping ground. She has joined the search for a stolen treasure and the reward offered will turn her life around and fulfill her dreams. Benjamin is of the same mind. He has responsibilities and the reward money will make all the difference. But murder is abroad. There is danger from unknowns and and for Charlotte from her pursuing protector whom she has left to make a new beginning. Benjamin and Charlotte find a common meeting ground of passion and purpose. However there are twists that bar their happiness.
Adventure and danger finds Charlotte and Benjamin as they continue their search for the coins, despite the challenges they face. Benedict has lost his sight, hence his retirement as a naval knight.
Once again, author Romain raises different questions and viewpoints than many of her counterparts. This is an interesting look at regency times. A story of dysfunctional families, how they are survived, and how to move forward if one dares. That is something struggled with through all ages. The attraction between Benjamin and Charlotte is sensitively told as that love grows into something selfless and poignant.
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