After reading A Matter of Class, I moved on to Balogh’s Simply Perfect.
I think I have too modern a sensibility to appreciate the big horror of this book — the hero has an illegitimate child whom he loves, and he is contemplating sending her off to school so he can get married to fulfill his family’s obligations (heir to a dukedom). And when he reveals his illegitimate child, everyone is horrified and embarrassed, and they all expect him to abandon her. Well, except for financial support, which would be the only suitable connection between them. I couldn’t really understand why everyone took such offense at him actually caring about his child, regardless of the circumstances of her birth.