A Novel

Nathaniel Gascoigne has been busy running his country estate since his father's death. However, now he is going to London, partly to help his sister and his cousin find husbands during the Season, but partly also to get together with his three closest friends, by whose sides he fought during the Napoleonic Wars, to enjoy a month or two of sheer relaxation. When they meet the widow of another fellow officer, a lady who had been their comrade and friend during the war years, Nathaniel is overjoyed and soon finds his feelings for her moving beyond mere friendship. But something is troubling her, and when the four men try to help her, she spurns their friendship and will have nothing more to do with Nathaniel.

Sophia Armitage has made a pleasant new life for herself in London since her husband's death at the Battle of Waterloo. She should be happy this year with her brother- and sister-in-law in town to bring out their young daughter, her niece. But something has happened to disturb her peace and threaten her happiness, and she can see no way out of the dark hole into which she is being sucked. Delighted as she is to meet her four friends from the wars again, and much as she is drawn to Nathaniel—as she secretly was years ago—she can neither confide in them nor give rein to her true feelings.

But will the four friends, and Nathaniel in particular, take no for an answer…

Irresistible by Mary Balogh Irresistible by Mary Balogh