Talented button maker Miss Valerie Wells is being accosted right outside her workplace when an elderly Duchess comes to her rescue.
Alone in the world and with no marriage prospects of her own, the Duchess' offer of a position as a governess seems like a godsent. Until she meets her employer and experiences his brutish manners.
Left to care for his young son on his own, Randolph Higgins, Marquess of Naitham, still mourns the loss of his wife. Despite his mother's insistent attempts to get him to reenter the social circle, he refuses to entertain the idea. A conviction that crumbles when he is introduced to his son's new governess.
So comes spring after snow, and both Randolph and Valerie find their hearts reaching out for each other. A love that seems doomed, when Valerie starts receiving threats. A note logged in her pillow with a dagger brings back some of the worst memories of her life, fearing that the man from her past has returned to get her. Desperate to keep her safe from a stranger, Randolph fails to see the danger that's hiding in plain sight.
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