Mary Balogh returns with another splendid tale of Regency romance in which the last of the famed Four Horseman of the Apocalypse find true love in unexpected places.

Sir Nathaniel Gascoigne and Eden, Baron Pelham, are the last holdouts against the plague of love and marriage that has struck their two other boon companions. Although all but Eden have settled down to peaceful life in the country, the ties of friendship that bind these four heroes of Waterloo together are as strong as ever when they meet for the London Season some years later.

To their delight they once again encounter Sophie Armitage, the widow of a fellow officer. Her cheerfulness and courage as she followed the drum with her husband provided a much-needed sanity in the middle of the horrors of war. Now, however, something is making this gallant lady behave very strangely, almost as if she is afraid.

Sir Nathaniel is also afraid—bewildered by the strange new feelings of passion that spark between him and the lovely Sophie. But exactly what kind of relationship does he really want with her? Deep friendship? A passionate connection? Love? All of the above?

A rare and unique author whose significant impact on the romance genre is without question, Ms. Balogh once again delivers a stunning reading experience for lucky readers. (Oct., 320 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer