The terms of an irascible uncle's will robs Avery Thorne of the home he loves, and throws him into
contact with the new owner, an argumentative suffragette named Lily Bede, whose letters follow Avery
on his adventures around the globe. Now Avery is returning home, hoping that Lily will have failed to
make the manor house profitable, thereby ensuring that it reverts to him. When they finally meet, she
finds him just as arrogant and domineering as in his letters. He finds her just as tart-tongued and
provoking. They're each beset by an attraction that leaves them sleepless, restless, and burning with
desire. Avery, who considers himself a gentleman above all else, finds the self-control required to
resist Lily increasingly hard to come by, while Lily chaffs under a self-imposed restriction against
marriage, which she deems "legalized slavery." In showing how these two come to terms with their hopes
for the future--and their feelings for each other--Connie Brockway amply displays her well-known wit,
charm, and humor.
— Ellen Edwards
Breathtakingly romantic, startlingly original, Connie Brockway's novels have captured the hearts of
readers and the raves of critics everywhere. Now she brings you a unique and unforgettable love story
that begins with a series of letters between a world-weary adventurer and the woman whose love brings
Dear Mr. Thorne,
I give you fair warning. I intend to do whatever I must to abide by your late uncle's will and win
Mill House. Though I know he never expected me to succeed, and for whatever reasons is using me to
shame you, I accept his challenge. For the next five years, I will profitably manage this estate.
I will deliver to you an allowance and I will prove that women are just as capable as men. And at
the end, I shall accept Mill House as my reward.
My Dear Miss Bede,
Forgive me if I fail to shudder. Pray, do whatever you bloody well want, can, or must. I shall look
forward to making your acquaintance in my lawyer's office five years hence, when I take possession of