The Earl of Charrington fell in love with the spirited lady in a portrait he purchased. But believing that no such real person existed, he settled for a suitable match, becoming engaged to the lovely Barbara Wyatt, daughter of his business partner. But when he arranged to have her portrait painted by C. A. Manners, he found that Cecilia Manners had done a self-portrait. Regency Romance by Evelyn Richardson; originally published by Signet
… Richardson's elegant prose is lightly leavened with warm wit, and her delightful tale of two people who have dedicated their lives to work, only to discover what they have been missing when it comes to romance, is simply irresistible.