This was quite a charming read. Charlotte Wyncroft is sent by her father to a cousin so that she can experience London society, having lived with her officer father on the Continent all her life. She has to deal with the petty jealousy of her cousin, Henrietta Buxted who is spoiled rotten, and with Henrietta's upwardly mobile snobbish mother. She meets the Earl of Shalford but he needs a wealthy wife to save his estate, as far as the Buxteds know, Charlotte isn't wealthy, so when her father is reported as missing in action she is cruely treated.
I guessed a lot of the suspense but it's well done and I found the read quite enjoyable.