It is with great reluctance that widowed Deirdre Broghan decides to take her impetuous young sister-in-law to London for the Season. The ton still remembers her shocking departure in which she jilted a future duke and eloped with a charming soldier. Still, her young charge deserves the best, and London is where it is.

For his part, the arrogant Duke of Conover needs an heir and is about to propose to a suitable beauty until a chance encounter with Deirdre makes him realize that his heart still belongs to her. Can the two see past all the hurt and misconceptions of the past and find happiness together at last?

With acerbic wit and scintillating interplay, the superb Ms. Jensen completely engages our empathy for this intriguing pair of lovers. (June, 215 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer