Lord Ashaven is a spy for the Crown. Emma is a governess with a young daughter, Susan. No one but Emma knows who Susan's father is. Emma works for Pierce Markham, Lord Ashaven's best friend. Ash confides in Pierce his greatest fears and asks for his help to solve the murder of Pierce's ward, Daphnes parents. This wonderful end to a fantastic series has great characters, plenty of suspense and a delightful romance.
This is an interesting and complicated story loosely based on Cinderella. The idea is very similar. A neglected and abused girl is rescued by an honorable hero. Emma is governess to Lord Markham’s ward Daphne. Ash, an Agent of the Crown, has come to England to investigate the murder of Daphne’s parents. Ash’s investigation and friendship with Markham allows him to spend a lot of time in the Markham household and therefore with Emma. There is an attraction, but Emma is uncertain. There is plenty of drama in this one. The villain is arrogant, deceitful, and somewhat insane. The other characters are kind, helpful, understanding, and caring. Happily ever after? This is a fairy tale; Ash even finds her slipper. This is a sweet story, with huggable characters (all but a couple of them), and a wonderful epilogue.