Miss Arabella Swinley has always been the belle of the ball until her familys deepening financial problems and an impending scandal lend her steps a desperation that the gossipmongers of the ton are quick to notice. She knows she must secure a proposal immediately from a rich gentleman, but her most likely suitor is three times her age!

When a ruggedly handsome and dashing Nobody from the wilds of Canada begins to pay her court, the sparks between them come fast and furious, especially when he condemns her as a scheming baggage and she can do nothing to prove him wrong.

The developing maturity of Miss Arabella and her insights into her own behavior make this solid love storywhich also features a set of returning charactersboth poignant and moving. Donna Simpson offers a wealth of Regency delights as her skills continue to bloom. (Nov., 256 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Teresa Roebuck