Margaret/Meg/Maggie is the oldest sister and the oldest sibling in the family. She has been more mother than sister to the others since their real mother died. Due to that, she put her own life on hold.
Finally, her two sisters are married and her brother has reached his majority. Margaret decides it is time to finally accept the offer of marriage from her most persistent suitor. Her decision comes just in time because her first love Crispin is back in London and she does not want to have heart broken again.
However, Duncan Pennethorne has other ideas. He is in desperate need of a wife or he will lose his inheritance. When Margaret literally runs into him at a ball, he asks her to dance and marry him all within the same sentence.
All of these books seem to have a scandal of some type and this one is not an exception. Duncan ran away with a married woman five years earlier and has only returned because of her death.
I think the reason I liked this book the best was because I like Duncan the best of all the male characters. I think he is the most honest of them.
The final two books revolve around the men in the family, Stephen, the brother and Con, their cousin. It will be interesting to see the different viewpoint.