Simply put, they turn yet again to the Goodhews. The butler calls in his daughter, Juliana, to care for the Collingwoods son, Cort. The world is unaware of his existence, just as they have planned. What wasn't planned, by anyone, is an explosion that kills the Collingwoods and injures the butler on the eve of their reunion with their infant son.
Thus begins a story of intrigue, murder and surprises at every turn. Upon the death of her beloved employers, Juliana calls the one man she's been instructed to turn to in just such an event--a man known simply as The Guardian. The Guardian has vowed to protect Cort Collingwood at any cost, even though he was unable to protect his parents. In this case, protecting his charge means marrying Juliana Goodhew, who's been Cort's mother in all ways but her name.
Juliana, cast into a modern-day Cinderella story, is not sure what to do with her handsome, yet totally disarming, prince. Can she trust this man she's never met? Can they work together to discover who killed the Collingwoods, and keep Cort safe? Who should she trust? Where should she turn?
THE BUTLER'S DAUGHTER is a great romantic mystery, full of all of the plot elements that make a good book: suspense, tension, twists and turns, and that ever-present sexual chemistry. Ms. Sullivan is superb at providing the reader with a mystery that is ever-changing. There are numerous suspects, each with numerous motives, but I can guarantee that the ending will leave you surprised. All in all, this is a great book, one that I highly recommend to all lovers of romantic suspense. If you're like me, you'll be highly anticipating the second part of this story. The Collingwoods are one family you're not likely to forget.