The Mysterious Heir - The Exquisite Pretender
by Edith Layton
ISBN 0451159179 Signet
In dress, manner, and speech, Miss Elizabeth DeLisle seemed every inch a leisured lady. No one could guess she had been forced to take a position in trade -- or that she had come to the Earl of Auden's estate to entice him into naming her dismayingly disagreeable cousin Anthony heir to a fortune that she then could share.
But Elizabeth had stiff competition for the Earl's imperious favor..from the schemingly seductive Lady Isabel Courtney and her odious little boy, Owen... from the implacably upright Richard Courtney and his unfortunate honesty... and from the memory of the Earl's first wife, who had made him despise women who deceived.
Elizabeth knew she could never reveal the truth to the Earl -- even when
she forgot about gaining his fortune and began losing her heart...