In London in 1843, a marriage-minded girl can overcome almost any obstacle - except for the lack of a dowry.
Annabelle Peyton - beautiful, witty, charming Annabelle - lacks a dowry, and so she is staring down a third season as a wallflower. In the chairs next to her at every local ball are three women whose company she has grown quite used to, each with their unmarriageable flaws, each without hope of being asked to dance.
But their fates are about to change. Because, banded together, these wallflowers are a force to be reckoned with. They are able to take on matchmaking mamas with the flick of a fan, capable of setting up private moments with even the most elusive bachelors, and faster than a speeding ladies' maid when it comes to dressing for dinner. In fact, they are such a team that they decide to take on Annabelle's biggest challenge of all: Simon Hunt, a mere mister with more money than a prince and less interest in marriage than, well, a prince. As unlikely a match as they may seem, there is a spark between them that can be seen by absolutely everybody.