As she did in Passion, Morgan captures the rapier wit and Regency atmosphere in a manner akin to Jane Austen. Her pragmatic, authentic, vibrant style ensures that readers will savor this entertaining and spirited novel.
Caroline Fortune is reluctantly drawn into her father's get-rich scheme. He plots to ensure her future by seeing her become companion to the wealthy Sophie Catling, the widow of his battalion commander. However, after her father's death, Caroline goes to live with her aunt at Wythorne Manor, where she befriends Isabelle Milner.
Caroline realizes she's met Isabelle's betrothed and is torn between telling her that Richard Leabrook is a womanizer and keeping it a secret. Meanwhile, Caroline is attracted to Isabelle's brother, Stephen. This is just the moment when hearts are broken, mended, new love blooms and some relationships are meant to end. (St. Martin's, Dec., 320 pp., $24.95)