Peter is a widower, and father of two daughters, he is also the heir of his uncle, Lord Elliott Mayfield. Lord Mayfield didn't want his nieces and nephews to repeat his martial mistakes so in order to claim his inheritance, Peter must make a good match.
Peter has no intention of marrying again, and has no need to to claim his inheritance portion, and has little to do with society. But he does need some help with his daughters, and would like to hire a nanny.
Julia Hollingsworth likes being a nanny, her new boss is handsome and a good involved father with his daughters. But her mother warns her against having affections for Peter, and disapproves of Julia working for him.
Julia is a hardworking and kind young woman, she has been through society and was unsuccessful in finding a husband, she just wants to make her own way in the world and is happy to do so. She was close to her father and knows about raising dogs, which is one of Peter's passions. Julia loves the girls and does her best to nurture and care for them in ways that recognizes their differences and talents. Leah and Marjorie adore her in return. Julia is competent and is proud of her independence.
Peter finds Julia entirely too beautiful and not strict enough, he can't seem to stop thinking about her. Meanwhile Julia can't figure out why her mother seems to be sabotaging her new job at every opportunity that she gets. Peter is an honorable man. He and Julia work together to care for the girls and his many dogs that he raises.
A bit slow to start, but it quickly picked up. I really enjoyed the story, as well as the many well done characters, great dialog, and adorable children. There is drama, and past secrets that threaten Julia and Peter's chance at a future, and overall a very enjoyable read.
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