No Place for a Woman by Meg Hutchinson
Laura Cadman had always assumed she would marry Edmund Shaw, the son of her father s partner, and keep the Shaw and Cadman name. But Edmund's violent refusal is just the beginning. When Jabez Shaw dies, Edmund takes advantage of Laura s father and cheats him out of the engineering works. Not content with that, he manufactures an accusation that lands Mr Cadman in Winson Green Prison. Penniless, her pride hurt and her heart broken, Laura vows to repay every pound that Edmund claims he is owed.Rafe Travers is often at hand when Laura is in trouble, but Edmund s cruel words blind her to Rafe s love. Only when he saves her from Edmund s final wickedness can she believe he loves her, and embrace happiness at last.