There's a reason why Mary Balogh is at the top of every Regency bestseller list. Her latest enchanting love story is ample explanation, a beautifully conceived and developed exploration of the Regency heart.

For five long years Mrs. Catherine Winters has resided in the small Derbyshire village of Bodley-on-the-Water. Not much goes on in the little community. In fact, the major event of the year is the arrival home of the Honorable Mr. Claude Adams and his beautiful wife.

This year, however, the family will be honored by a visit from Mr. Adams' twin brother, the rakish Viscount Rawleigh. Rusticating with two of his closest friends, Rawleigh arrives at his sibling's home with little expectation of excitement.

His eye is caught, however, by the beautiful widow, and, as passion burns hotly in his blood, the handsome viscount vows to have the lady in his bed no matter what the price. Can the mysterious Mrs. Winters resist this charming rogue?

Never content to produce the ordinary, Ms. Balogh fashions a remarkable romance laced with deep emotion and passionate intensity. Chalk up another classic for this superstar author. (Jan., 352 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer