Ann Colbert–recently married to the charming Glenn Stacey–is struck by a sudden blow: her father dies, leaving her alone in Boston. After receiving a desperate, half-finished letter from her childhood nurse, Miss Lucy, Ann rushes to fly to her childhood home in Devon. There, she meets the cousins she’d never known: the Thornes of Valicombe, a crumbling old mansion. After learning of Miss Lucy’s sudden death just days before, Ann sets herself up in her nurse’s cottage, determined to wait for her husband to arrive. Glenn never appears, however, and Ann finds herself drawn into a terrible intrigue.
After a three-year affair that ended in heart-break, Louise Amberley is determined not to make the same mistake again. Therefore, when Otto Winther–a charming, handsome Dane–pursues the young travel-writer, she insists he wed her before she’ll let him into her bed. Unfortunately for Louise, her infatuation allows her to be rushed into a quick, secret wedding–before she discovers a series of devastating secrets about her new spouse.
Mary Grey’s life isn’t what one would wish. She spent her last few dollars to travel from Canada to the UK, where she lives in a dingy apartment and works in a cafe. Then, on a day trip into the countryside, she meets the dangerous and charismatic Connor, who mistakes Mary for a long-lost heiress, Annabel Winslow. Due to Mary’s poverty, her remarkable resemblance to Annabel, and Con’s passionate desire to manipulate Annabel’s dying grandfather into willing the Winslow land to him, a plan emerges: Mary will pose as the presumably-dead Annabel and ensure that Con gets what he wants. In exchange, Mary will receive a competence. All is going well until a man from Annabel’s past appears–and Mary realizes that her life may be in as much danger as Annabel’s had been eight years earlier.