Adele Russell was once a wealthy heiress, happily engaged to David, the Earl of Blaisdon, but when her father was ruined, she lost everything, including David. Now, working as a shop assistant in fashionable Milsom Street, she is shunned and scorned by the society that once embraced her. But when she finds an invitation to a forthcoming masked ball, Adele is tempted by the lures of her past once more. Both David and a mysterious Sir Mask attend the ball and Sir Mask is intent upon seducing her. Can he finally extinguish the candle she holds for David? And when Adele learns that her former home, now in ruins, hides a secret that will restore her fortune, will she turn to David or Sir Mask for help?
Jeannie Machin, after a grammar school education in Nottingham, lived and worked in Holland but now lives in Gloucestershire with her husband. Her daughter and grandchildren live close by. Jeannie is from a Welsh mining family that produced several journalists but only one fiction writer, and her books, which include A Christmas Courtship, Lady Sabrina's Secret and A Highland Conquest, have been translated into a number of languages.