A new book by Patricia Oliver is always an event of note, and Regency fans are in for a real treat with her fascinating new love story.

Lady Regina Heathercott has everything-wealth, beauty and her choice of suitors. But the headstrong duke's daughter wants only the superbly handsome but totally ineligible Captain Charles Swinburn. Even after years of silence, Lady Regina is convinced that they are meant to be together.

Desperate to avoid a husband chosen by her father, the spirited beauty embarks on a daring journey to Brussels. But it is Charles' infuriating elder brother, Colonel Sir Richard Swinburn, who provides shelter for her while her erstwhile fianc skulks in hiding from the lady he has no intention of marrying. So when her father finally catches up with her, it is Richard who makes the amende honorable.

Can a marriage begun under such unfortunate circumstances possibly succeed?

Ms. Oliver is everything any romance fan could ever want, and much, much more. This dandy love story will fly off the shelves, and readers will wait in breathless anticipation for her next treasure. (May, 224 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer