Miss Pamberley has come to Brighton to improve herself and to become a Proper Lady of Quality after she realizes that her life has been sadly one-dimensional and completely uninteresting. Captain Ramsdell is in town in service to the Prince Regent in order to flush out an assassins plot.

Though both avow a complete disinterest in marriage, it seems they can scarcely be in one anothers company without sparks flyingeither from brangling or from kissing! Valerie Kings unusual opening scene leads into an unhurried and amusing tale of friendship unfurling, plots unfolding and hearts unaware of the nuances of love. (Dec., 256 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Teresa Roebuck