THE GOLDEN SEASON
Consummate storyteller Brockway infuses a classic plot with smart writing, sharp dialogue and clever characters, showcasing a beguiling romance. Even better, Brockway uses the era's counterpart to our current economic downturn to bring new meaning to her story.
After learning that her enormous fortune is gone, Lady Lydia Eastlake is determined to savor one last golden season before she weds a wealthy man. A celebrated beauty, she should have little trouble finding a suitable groom.
Captain Ned Lockton returns to England a war hero. Few know that the nobleman is in search of a wealthy bride to save his family estate. Coolheaded Ned is fascinated with Lydia and their catch-me-if-you-can game sparkles with passion and witty repartee. When the truth is revealed they believe they must forsake love for practicality, but fate has more in store. (ONYX, Feb., 378 pp., $7.99)