Daisy Wellfleet made a deal to marry a man for convenience to save her hotel. The hotel has been in her family for over 150 years, but her brothers want to sell it and move on. So Daisy decides she needs a husband and Lawrence Bailey, a mine worker who is injured, fits the bill exactly. A woman who knows her mind, she doesn’t need a man to help her make this hotel work.
When a man shows up two days late, Daisy automatically assumes he is Lawrence Bailey, come to marry her. During the 26 hours until their married, Daisy gets one sign after another that his handsome, healthy man cannot be the man she engaged herself to, but she keeps pushing off all the signs.
But Lawrence Bailey is really Luke Blackwood, Randolph Blackwood’s son. Luke is there to return a painting his father made of Daisy years ago. A nude painting. When Luke is mistaken for Lawrence, he goes with it falling head over heels in love with Daisy. As time passes it becomes harder and harder for Luke to tell Daisy who he really is.
The majority of this book takes place within two days. A very short time to fall in love, but the two lovers do. Daisy finds Luke to be viral and exciting. She doesn’t know what love feels like, but this is the most she has felt for any man. Luke falls in love almost instantly and starts going about paying off her bills and insinuating himself into her life. I don’t remember if it was explained how he makes his money, but we do know he loves books and has an inheritance from his father. Daisy has a lover and a couple of brothers but not real detail on how many. I am assuming Daisy’s family isn’t well off since she was a maid before she owned the hotel.
A quick story at only a little over 100 pages. While the first book had some supernatural elements, this one did not. These are just two average people falling in love extremely quickly and embracing their love wildly.