Kitty is a likable heroine. Readers will feel empathetic towards her as she struggles with the choice between love and duty. However, readers may not connect so easily with Daniel who is quick to anger and for much of the tale doesn't feel entitled to woo Kitty. However, Mallory has done a good job of bringing Regency England to life, and has clearly done her research about the state of mills during the era. Furthermore, she has created a full cast of secondary characters who each have their own agendas and quirks. Ultimately this story is a pleasant read.

Kitty Whythenshawe has traveled to London to spend a season with her godmother, Lady Leanconham, in an attempt to catch a husband. Kitty knows that she must marry well, which means finding a man who can provide for her widowed mother and spinster aunt. Although sparks fly between Kitty and mill owner Daniel Blackwood, her godmother makes it clear that Kitty is expected to land a lord. However, as Daniel and Kitty move in the same social circle, their best efforts to stay apart are futile. When the much more suitable Lord Hayworth offers for Kitty's hand, will this miss do her duty or follow her heart to happily ever after? (HARLEQUIN, May, dl. $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kate Girard