I'm a Mary Balogh fangirl, so am gradually working my way through her backlist. This one is from 1998, and it bears all of the Balogh signature features: a dauntless heroine (who's terribly insecure underneath), a swoonworthy hero, and LOTS of secondary characters. So many secondary characters that I couldn't keep them straight, but that didn't matter.
The romance between two old friends was sweet, especially because neither of them ever expected it. The widowed heroine had not had an especially happy marriage, and the hero was actively trying to marry off the last of his dependents so he could live in a house free of bothersome females. There's a very cute, and different, secondary romance as well.
All in all, an enjoyable read.