Rising star Candice Hern flourishes her stylish pen with graceful elegance in a pleasing tale of love in Regency England.

He thinks he is dead. But Colin Herriot, Viscount Sedgewick, has not perished in an accident with his curricle. No, he is very much alive, albeit in a great deal of pain, as he lies on the roadway and contemplates his fate. But surely it is an angel who bends down and lends him succor in his hour of need...

Meg Ashburton has no pretensions of heavenly origin. A spirited country miss who has put her disastrous London Season long behind her, she is quite content to maintain her brother's household and share his interest in running one of England's most prestigious stud farms. Still, she cannot help but be drawn to the handsome lord recuperating in their best bedchamber even though nothing can possibly come of this chance acquaintance.

The viscount, however, has other ideas and begins an ardent courtship of his lovely hostess. But will he survive a series of mishaps that may not be accidental at all?

Ms. Hern exquisitely develops her appealing love story with richly textured characterizations and impeccable craftsmanship. (July, 223 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer