She had been jilted, but she'd survive.
Shelagh tried to treat her predicament with bravado. Arriving in Italy on the eve of her wedding, she'd learned of Camillo's desertion.
Their holiday romance had blossomed quickly, but in spite of Camillo's objection, Shelagh had agreed with his father. Cesare Barsini, that they should wait
Now it seemed she had waited too long. She contemplated a lonely future. Then Cesare offered a solution.
"If you could accept me instead of my son, there can still be a wedding."