Patience Ballard has been in love with a childhood friend forever. Now that she is finally old enough to get married, it is with complete dismay that she finds out her beloved, the irrepressible Philip "Pip" Yorke, Viscount Royston, heir to the Duke of Royston, is already engaged to another! Somehow she must make Pip aware that she is the woman of his dreams and get him to cry off from his match. With that end in mind, she convinces their other childhood friend, steady, dependable Richard Cavendish, to take her about London on his arm and find Pip. But Patience is slow to realize that it is not Pip who sets her heart aglow; he merely sets it aflutter. Patience finds she must live up to her name in order to sort out the true feelings of her heart. A GAME OF PATIENCE (4) is another winning hand for the super talented Elisabeth Fairchild's growing legion of fans. (May, 228 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Teresa Roebuck