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A false rumor concerning the Earl of Hatherly’s connection to a murder circulates within the ton. He and his family have successfully defeated the lie, but at a cost; he has made the painful decision to relinquish any hope of pursuing Lady Sophia Weston, as Lord Hatherly is afraid the lady will not look upon him favorably again.
Lady Sophia tolerates persistent visits from eager noblemen of the ton, yet she knows that her heart belongs to Lord Hatherly, despite his stubborn honor to stay away.
During Christmastide, Lady Sophia must show the earl—through gentle persuasion—that her feelings for him have not changed, and fight off the attentions of Lord Walter Talbot, who will do anything to win her affections.