In this second book of her trilogy, A Rose for Three Rakes, Debbie Raleigh shows her talent for creating sympathetic and realistic characters who mature and hold readers interest throughout the story. Isa Lawford has been promised to Barth Juston, Earl of Wickton since they were children so that her vast fortune might restore the glory of his inheritance.

Isa longs for true love and a companion, and finds Lord Wicktons long neglect of her completely reprehensible, so she refuses to marry him. Lord Wickton, convinced that he is the one making sacrifices to duty, nevertheless, is piqued to find that Miss Lawson prefers another man. In retaliation, he plots a strategy to gain her consent to the marriage. A gypsys blessing begins to bear fruit with the blossoming of his love for the spirited Isa. (Mar., 224 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Teresa Roebuck