December 24, 1883 Eleanor Morris has loved Lord Michael Hawley from afar for years. She'd hoped that her family's annual Christmas visit to Michael's home would give her a chance to catch his attention, but after days of failed flirtation she's convinced he'll never see her as anything but his best friend's sister. Michael is determined to finally let Eleanor know how ardently he loves her. He's been carrying around her Christmas present with him for days now. All he needs is a little time alone with her to let her know exactly how he feels.