A Regency stalwart touches our hearts with an appealing romance between a handsome lord and an unlikely governess.

Only desperation could make Lissa Findlay appear on stage as part of a Turkish harem. But how else can she feed and shelter her two young brothers? It's not as if anyone is willing to hire a young lady of nineteen as a governess, especially not when she comes with two younger siblings.

When the handsome Lord Ashe first spies her treading the boards, he cannot help but regard her as a fresh tidbit for his jaded palate until her refusal of his carte blanche forces him to reassess his opinion. Unexpectedly impressed by her gallant spirit and integrity, he surprises himself by arranging for her and the boys to enter his household to care for his sickly nephew.

Can love really bloom between two people from such seemingly disparate backgrounds? Or does the new governess hide secrets that could change everything?

An impeccable craftsman, Ms. Dunn captures our hearts and minds from the very beginning with impressive characterization, topnotch plotting and heartfelt emotion. A winner indeed! (Apr., 253 pp., $4.50)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer