Well-written, great characters, good plot. Just didn't punch my buttons. Ex-soldier, still suffering from battle trauma, takes over neglected estate, finds illegitimate daughter of previous owner and the mysterious cousin who looks after her.
Male lead: Devlin St. Just, oldest but illegitimate son of the Duke, honorable, traumatized, and searching for answers.
Female lead: Emmaline Farnum, between worlds, independent woman, baker extraordinaire, neither gentry nor servant.
Complications: Winnie Farnum, illegitimate daughter, around age 6, ill-behaved and rude, Vicar Bothwell, who has a romantic interest in Emmaline, assorted members of Devlin's family
Quirkiness: Illegitimate children are the theme of this romance, how they live and how they marry. Emmaline runs a bakery to support herself.