The always fascinating Lynn Kerstan brings a fresh twist to Regency romance to beguile her ever-growing audience.

Married off at an early age to an unpleasant eccentric, Lady Celia Greer is determined to find love and happiness now that she's finally a widow. What she wants, however, is an affair, not another marriage, preferably with the widowed Lord Kendal, a man whose image she has cherished since she first saw him many years before.

Lord Kendal's scruples, however, do not allow him to ruin an innocent as the lovely widow turns out to be, and their affair is nipped in the bud. Hurt and disillusioned, Celia returns to the country to sell her husband's estate and take stock of her future.

Then, a fateful encounter with Kendal's brother and son once again involves her in the icy lord's affairs. And this time, he finds that his heart cannot bear to let her go.

After a shaky beginning with a hero who takes far too long to turn human, Ms. Kerstan deepens characterization to an impressive level and wins our hearts with a fine ending. (Apr., 216 pp., $4.50)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer