Fans of the Love in New Orleans Series have been worried about Vespasian Colville since the publication of The Willing Widow in 2014. Many wonder why such a man—handsome, rich, charming to elderly chaperones, playful with animals and children—has not found a wife. They’ve said as much to Helen and me at every opportunity. I remind them he’s been expelled from two Jesuit colleges (where the good fathers are known for their leniency), he spends his days drinking and seducing married women, his nights gambling and visiting ladies of the evening. Is there a lady in the world who would have him? There is one--in the city of New Orleans--who matches him in intelligence and wit. The problem is, she despises him.
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