Hardcover pages are tight and clean. No structural damage to binding or hinges. There is light shelfwear and rubbing to the boards. Library discard with usual attachments/marks. DJ protected with mylar and not clipped. Pocket removed. First American Edition. 160 pages. HardCover Binding. Year: 1976. ISBN: 0841504164. Cathleen Friend, a young widow during the last years of Victoria's reign, felt that she was not susceptible to love. Martin had been her childhood sweetheart and her husband, and now he was gone. Her aunt, Harriet Villon, a successful popular novelist, had rented an old estate in Surrey for inspiration in writing what she hoped would be a major historical romance. When Aunt Harriet asked Cathleen to join her at Nun's Hall to act as her secretary, Cathleen jumped at the opportunity to leave her quiet and somewhat dull life in London.