The fresh and charming voice of one of Signet's rising stars delights us with a madcap romp through the drawing rooms of England's haute ton.

Miss Isabella Eardley has no interest in making a splash in high society. Her only interest is painting, but her attempts to gain the tutelage of the foremost artists of the day are frustrated by her gender. A female artist? Impossible.

Rakish Harrison Curzon would be well on his way to prominence in the art world if only people would believe that a gentleman of the leisure class could be a serious artist. Even his own father views his work as a hobby and presses him to choose a real career in either farming or politics.

It would seem a perfect match. Their parents have very different ideas, unfortunately, and it will take all their ingenuity to find a way to reach their happy ending.

Ms. Calvin presents an irrepressible heroine and a dashing hero to win our hearts with ease. (Jun, 223 pp., $5.50)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer