Amelia Smith, author
Hyacinth Grey has had a quiet life in Gibraltar, managing her father's household and tutoring her young half-brother. One day, a letter arrives with the news that she has inherited a small fortune from her grandmother, an infamous courtesan. She sets sail for England with plans to found a charitable school for girls. / Thomas Pently, alias Smithson, earned his own wealth in the East India Company. Then his mistress was murdered, and his aristocratic family summoned him home. He's now third in line to his uncle's duchy, after his aging father and one sickly cousin./ Aboard the Whistler, they become friends, but can their fledgling romance survive London's social whirl, and their families' interference?