Patience Ballard could not have asked for two better friends than Philip "Pip" Yorke and Richard Cavendish. The three had been inseparable as small children, but ten years later those bonds of friendship are about to be redefined. Clever, darling Pip is now a charming, handsome man; Richard has become an older version of the responsible, reliable boy he once was; and Patience hopes to change Pip's perception of her from old friend to young lady ready for romance. As Patience gradually learns more about Pip, she discovers he is not the man she imagined him to be, while "dear, dependable" Richard might ultimately prove to be the romantic hero for whom Patience has been waiting all these years. Fairchild's graceful, poetic writing style nicely complements this quiet, intimate Regency that deftly explores the effect of love and desire between friends.