BELLE OF THE BALL
The Sullivan sisters are named for the Three Graces in Greek legendBelle, Charisma and Green; however, the girls resemble the three graces in name only. They are hurt when they overhear their male escorts' disparaging remarks, and decide to visit the Three Graces Rock formation, and make a wish. Belle's heart's desire is for revenge on the gentlemen, including Kit Stanhope, a man she once admired. His apology for the remarks goes unheeded.
A Remittance man from England, Kit was unjustly accused of a crime and forced to leave home. Now he's being blackmailed and must find a business venture or marry an heiress. Belle decides he's ripe for her revenge scheme. Meanwhile, on Mount Olympus, three muses look down upon these mortals and decide to meddle. But will it be helpful?
The machinations of the muses are a nice touch in this sweetly written love story for the young at heart. SWEET (Jan., 385 pp., $5.99)