A Companion of Quality
Miss Caroline Whiston has come down in the world. The daughter of a spendthrift baronet, she now has to earn a living as a governess companion. Then her old friend Julia Chessford invites Caroline to come to work for her at Hewly Manor, near Steepwood, the home of her guardian Admiral Brabant, who is dangerously ill. Caroline’s arrival co-incides with the return of the Admiral’s son Lewis, a sea captain reluctantly returned home to take up his inheritance. As Caroline is drawn into the lives and intrigues of the Abbey villages, the scheming Julia spins a web to catch Lewis. But how long can Caroline stay at Hewly when she is so deeply attracted to Lewis herself?
Published in the UK in August 2001 and in the USA direct in September 2002. It was reprinted in the UK in 2007.