The year is 1909, and Temperance O'Neil is a woman ahead of her time. A women's rights activist devoted to helping single mothers on the streets of New York City, Temperance is, at 29, happily married to her work -- which she funds with a substantial inheritance. Unfortunately, her new stepfather feels very differently on the subject and, due to laws that Temperance finds infuriatingly outdated, he controls all of her money. Angus McCairn insists she quit her career and, as a respectable unmarried daughter should, live in his house in Edinburgh. With no other choice, Temperance heads for Scotland with one mission -- to drive Angus crazy. Soon, an exasperated Angus makes her a most unlikely offer: to pose as housekeeper to Angus' nephew, James, in a secret attempt to find him a wife. If -- and only if -- she succeeds in matchmaking, she will be allowed to return to New York.
Temperance is willing to do almost anything to get home, but she has no idea how impossible a task she has been set. Although James McCairn is Laird of Clan McCairn, he's no cultured gentleman -- he's a strapping, rough-mannered giant interested only in farming. He doesn't want a wife, and he's so rude and brusque that he has never kept even a housekeeper for more than a day. His stables are immaculate, his horses gleam with care, and he lavishes personal attention on his sheep -- but there are pigeons roosting in the kitchen and chickens in the bedrooms.
It's enough to make any woman recoil, especially one accustomed to cosmopolitan life. Temperance, however, has a temper just as stubborn as James McCairn's, and she is determined to win her return passage at any cost. But the cost may be her heart... for as Temperance O'Neil attempts to open James' eyes to the wonders of love, it is she herself who is liberated -- by the power of an overwhelming passion.
This book club edition hardback book is in like-new condition. The dust cover has some light edge wear.