Betty Neels has totally outdone herself this time with the writing of this book The Ideal Wife, we see Louisa a country girl living with her stepmother and working in a doctor's office when she comes across Mr. Thomas Gifford an aquaintance of her bosses. Even though they do not get off to a good start a blind person could feel the chemistry, however much they both tried to deny it.
Unfortunately Thomas was engaged to a most unsuitable girl Helena who did not love him but was only attracted to his money. So Louisa contracted a plan to get Helena away from Thomas because she thought he would be very unhappy married to her, so she contrived to Helena meet Percy the guy that was after her to marry him (who she kept turning down).
Throughout the book we see where Doctor Gifford triwes his best not to thick about Louisa after all he is engaged to be married and as a gentleman he cannot exactly cry off, so he just chooses to ignore his feelings, but fortunately for Louisa and Thomas Helena and Percy decide to Elope leaving the two to finally acknowledge there feelings.