Dubbed a "latter-day Jane Austen," Morgan accomplishes the task of writing a Regency novel very much like the grand mistress. Her smart, sassy heroine, the matchmaking plot and the general aura and tone of the novel are as nearly perfect as can be.

Independent, self-sufficient Lydia Templeton is quite sure she knows what she wants out of life, and that is not marriage. When she turned down Mr. Lewis Durrant's offer of marriage, she stunned society but kept true to herself.

The last thing she would ever be is a matchmaker, but that's what she becomes when her godmother asks her to help her ward find a husband. Phoebe is quite a handful, with ideas of her own about what she desires, and as Lydia strives to help Phoebe choose a mate, she's constantly thrust into contact with Mr. Durrant. Suddenly, from London to Bath, it's Lydia who's thinking with her heart instead of her head. (ST. MARTIN'S, Apr., 405 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin