FLIGHT OF FANCY
Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top. The second Daughters of Bainbridge House story has romance, mystery, suspense and characters who transcend the stereotype of stiff English formality.
In 1812 England, Cassandra Bainbridge wants to fly in one of her creations, a hot-air balloon, more than she wants to marry Lord Whittaker. She knows, once she is married, there will be no way she will be able to fulfill her dream. Lord Whittaker has plans as well, secret ones. When a terrible accident happens, Cassandra is whisked off to Whittaker House to recover both from her injuries and from her broken engagement. Now she has more time to pursue her interests, but when her life and that of Lord Whittaker are threatened, they both will need to rely on their wits and their faith to keep themselves alive. (REVELL, Oct., 368 pp., $14.99)