Winter Makepeace aka The Ghost of St. Giles runs the orphange in this poor section of London. He has made silent personal vow to stay celibate so that nothing would ever become more important than his children at the orphanage or his job as ghost righting the wrongs of the poor. In other words, we have a virgin hero here readers.
Isabel Beckinhall is one of the patronesses for the home for children. She is a widow, unable to have children, with no desire to marry ever again. she is older than Mr. Makepeace and of a much higher class. They have no future together for so many reasons.
After a murder or two, child labour gone afoul and so many extremely hot passion scenes a thumb print is permanently burned into the pages of this book, the two finally decide perhaps their futures should be united. A wonderful read that has everything you would want in a period romance novel.