Abigail Todd is an upstart American who inherited an estate that rightly belongs to the Earl of Langley's family. Unhappy that this reminder of his grandfather's liaison with a notorious courtesan has come to live on the edges of his own property, THE INDIFFERENT EARL (4.5) has a change of heart when he sets eyes on Abigail, realizing that she might have the same effect on him that "La Clarissa" inspired in his grandsire. Through the terms of her inheritance, Abigail discovers that her grandmother was a tremendously loving and giving woman—one that manages to become love's best advocate from beyond the grave. Blair Bancroft shows tremendous talent in her debut novel from Signet. This story flows like fine champagne, full of sparkle, zest and energy. (Mar., 224 pp., $4.99)

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Teresa Roebuck