The "Ice Princess" and the Bachelor Marquess despise one another on sight, but a chance encounter over a green baize table top and a hand of cards causes them to rethink their first opinions when each recognizes in the other a worthy opponent.

Intrigued by the woman who beats him at cards, Gareth de Vere, Marquess of Harwood, begins to see through Althea's disdain. The only daughter of the Duke of Clarendon is expected to be perfect, but when an unlikely friendship arises, Althea is willing to risk everything to live her own life.

FORTUNE'S LADY is a compassionate study of two hardy souls, surprised by love, who are determined to be their own persons in spite of the pain caused by their families. (Mar., 224 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Teresa Roebuck