Veteran storyteller Carola Dunn wields her pen to great effect in a sparkling comedy of manners.

Wynn, Lord Selforth, had never expected to inherit title and wealth, but now that he has both he is determined to make use of them to further his liberal political views. It is, therefore, of prime importance that his maiden speech in the House of Lords make his listeners sit up and take notice. But his attempts at speech-writing result only in the flamboyant style he employs in the gothic romances he has written for years to support his penurious family.

What he needs is Prometheus, the famed liberal columnist who has served as his inspiration for years. Even though the original Prometheus has died, someone continues to write under his pseudonym. Could he persuade this fellow to help him craft the perfect speech?

Miss Pippa Lisle has no intention of revealing that she has continued her father's work by writing under his nom de plume. At her mother's urging, however, she agrees to help the viscount in exchange for his sister's sponsorship of a London Season for her and her sister. But how will the viscount feel if he learns who Prometheus really is?

The witty and entertaining Ms. Dunn concocts a pleasing love story that will warm the cockles of your heart. (Oct., 223 pp., $4.50)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer