Mr. Ashbridge Wyndham is at a point in his life where he ought to be unequivocally happy. He is the master of his own estate. His sister Violet is about to make her come-out into Society, possibly establishing an advantageous connection with some titled family, if she were to catch the eye of some young baron or viscount. After all, an untitled family would certainly wish to connect themselves to as prestigious a family as it may. Even more, he has recently been contacted by an elderly marquess, who claims to have named Ash as his heir. While this practice is most irregular, Lord Ashbridge (same name . . . coincidence?) claims that he secured this inheritance through the appropriate channels.
Still, he is unhappy and — quite frankly — not at all hopeful when he considers the future. Ash was burned once by the fickle whims of a Society debutante, much as his sister Violet is now. But whereas Violet is kind and sweet, the one he thought he loved was grasping and insincere. If it was up to Ash, they would have remained on their small but profitable estate for the Season. But because the widowed matron of his family, Mrs. Wyndham, wishes to spend the time in London, Ash has brought her, his sister Violet, and his other sister Rose to a rented house in Town. From the time that Parliament opens its doors until they close near the beginning of summer, Ash is trapped, squiring the females of his family to various events and gatherings.
Ash wants to create a hope for himself. He thinks that if he can simply go through the motions of living in Town and performing his duties, he will survive. He wants to forget everything that is plaguing him — the pestering of Mrs. Wyndham and Rose, the overly-meek attitude of his sister Violet, the memories of a lost love still haunting him. The trouble with ignoring something is that it does not always go away.
When something is pressing particularly hard on you, how do you deal with it?