Tetel Andresen, whose scholarship typically has her writing in the field of linguistic historiography, is also the author of works of historical fiction. In her latest novella, the gently bred Danielle Wemberly is forever changed when she discovers a book hidden in her town's lending library.
Danielle Wemberly, unmarried and on the shelf, is a bookworm. She makes a practice of choosing a subject in her lending library and reading through it. Her life changes the day she discovers a book, hidden behind the dusty old tomes devoted to herbs, whose content no gently-bred young lady should see, and it opens her eyes. It also inspires her to find a man with whom she can put her newfound knowledge into practice and puts her on the path to discovering the truth about Richard Grey, the mysterious Earl of Essex.