Gowan Stoughton of Craigievar, Duke of Kinross values order. He organizes his trips to London via a longer but better road. He stables horses at every stop; and, he knows precisely when that stop will be. He gets daily reports from everyone of his properties (a footman makes a daily journey). It is logical to have each bedroom in his castle a different color so that everyone knows who is getting the blue room, the red room, etc. When he plans a visit with the Earl of Gilchrist to consult about the banking issues there is a ball and as he is somewhat in need of a wife and heir that he comes to the ball. There he meets the earl's daughter and is so taken by her that he very shortly proposes marriage. Little did he know that the true Edie would not appear until she was recovered from her fever. All he knew is that he was so smitten that he had the marriage ceremony moved up. What a surprise when they had their first falling out! He takes himself to a distant estate leaving her alone with loads of self-doubt. She, too, takes herself away to a nearby tower. And he doesn't get admittance, that is until he finds himself crawling up the stones to her window much like Rapunzel.
Once Upon a Tower / Eloisa James 487 p.