Well, you have decided!
After 175 votes, the Poll is now closed, and the winner, as you can see below, is:
To wed an heiress such as Lady Clarissa Mallen or someone rich who has escaped from the Continent
Congratulations go to both Ashley and Tess for winning the prize. Do let me know if you prefer a paperback or eBook of Volume III when it is released!
I must admit I was surprised! The comments prior to my setting up the Poll seemed to indicate a preference for the Colonel to be happy with a widow (which only came fourth in the end).
Thank you so much to everyone who either commented or voted. In the meantime, as I plan to be concentrating on formatting in a day or so, I have some writing to do…