Well going into this book I had been warned it would be an angst fest and it was, the heroine was so deeply scarred and angry and afraid. She had been raised by a hateful father and lovely mother and she got away from it through an art scholarship where she met her husband and had a child. Her marriage was unhappy but she had a child she loved and then he died and things became so muddled up, she broke down and went to a sanatorium. She got out and then nursed her mother through her battle with cancer before losing her. Her father then put her in a convent where the hero comes to see her and tell her he bought her from her father and that he wants them to have a happy marriage and children.
The heroine doesn't want any of it and she agrees because she wants freedom to escape. The hero wants to make her happy and she thinks and he lets her believe that he married her for her name and then later revenge as she finds out it was her father who made the hero's father life hell but in reality he married her because he wanted to. He saw her ten years ago and wanted to get her away from her father, he was terribly patient with her and when he tells her that her father has no money she is ecstatic, he also helps her see the truth about what happened with her baby and how she was not to blame. There is a lot of angst from the heroine's side, she hates him and then she doesn't, the person she hates is herself. She had really been dealt a crappy hand but the hero changes all of that.