KIDNAPPED: HIS INNOCENT MISTRESS
Styled as a young lady's memoir, this tale of a feisty orphan and her adventures is
a light bit of entertainment by an author who writes with assured ease and a true sense of the era.
Upon her parents' death Catriona Balfour discovers her father's estranged brother is giving her a home and an escort, Neil Sinclair, to bring her there. Though Sinclair is handsome, Catriona doesn't trust him. When smugglers waylay her carriage, she believes he's allied with them.
But Sinclair is captured as well when Catriona's uncle arranges for her to be kidnapped and thrown aboard a ship. They escape when they're shipwrecked and later rescued. By then Catriona has fallen hopelessly in love with Sinclair and is shocked when he tells their rescuers she's his betrothed. Catriona believes Sinclair only wishes to save her reputation, and he must prove his love by defying his family for her. (HARLEQUIN, Mar., 300 pp., $5.99)