“I do not think I want to be married at all. I want to be rich. Very rich…”
When Henrietta Bascombe opens a confectionary shop in order to turn her pittance of an inheritance into a fortune, her friends are shocked to hear of such a well-bred lady going into trade. The earl of Carrisdown is both drawn to and repelled by her shopgirl status. Undaunted, Henrietta proceeds to hang out the traditional confectioners’ sign of a golden pineapple and soon finds a set of beautiful women in her employ, drawing the attention of earl of Carrisdown’s younger brother and best friend. Distressed by the situation, the earl makes it his mission to put Henrietta out of business. But he looks forward to tangling with the fiery sweetshop owner more than he’s willing to admit.
“As ever, [the author] shows herself a master of historical detail and color.”—Publishers Weekly on Our Lady of Pain
Beaton, M. C.
M.C. Beaton lives in the Cotswolds with her husband. In addition to the Hamish Macbeth series, she writes the Agatha Raisin mystery series.