Helena is passionate about protecting her adopted country's fate during the Congress of Vienna, even if her mother is more concerned with the social whirl the occasion presents. When her mother's latest flirt, the dashing English cavalryman, turns out to be another passionate soul, the young pair share a special bond. Although the vagaries of war, time and politics come between them, fate smiles on young love. The historical detail in A FOREIGN AFFAIR (4) by Evelyn Richardson is so intrinsically blended with the storyline and the character development that the reader is scarcely aware of the wealth of information given. She maintains a superb balance between her romance and her research, and her understanding of human motivation is excellent. (Mar., 224 pp., $4.99)

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Teresa Roebuck