There's a classy new addition to the ranks of select Regency authors, and her name is Andrea Pickens.

When her ducal father impatiently orders her to marry a suitor she can barely tolerate, Lady Jane Stanhope decides to take charge of her own life by running away and taking a position as governess to the young ward of a handsome marquess who is traveling abroad.

Soon enough, Lady Jane has charmed the whole household, including the reserved marquess, who returns to find that his new employee has worked miracles with the young boy. Not only has Lord Edward begun spending time with his ward, he has even been seen to smile!

Can the tender feelings that spring forth between them survive the revelation of Lady Jane's true identity?

Ms. Pickens delights us with a finely wrought love story featuring an irresistible pair of lovers who will melt every reader's heart. (Jan., 223 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer