A LADY NEVER LIES
Gray debuts with a smart, witty tale that introduces readers to a marvelously unconventional, eccentric cast of characters and an enchanting Italian setting. Here’s a story that feeds readers’ hearts, minds and souls and captures the spirit of the era, the beauty of the countryside and the magic of love.
Fleeing her creditors, Lady Alexandra Morley and friends plan to study in Tuscany. Inventor and automotive scientist Phineas Burke and two compatriots are on their way to Tuscany, too. They meet in an inn where Alexandra uses her wiles to seduce the men out of the only room available. Then, they discover they have rented the same castle. Finn hasn’t shown an interest in a woman since he’s begun improving his horseless carriage to win an upcoming race, but he admires Alexandra’s headstrong nature, intelligence and passion. He would marry her, except for his friends’ interference. When he discovers she has a financial interest in a horseless carriage company, he’s furious. Alexandra does the only thing possible: She enters the race. Win or lose, she’s out to get her man. (BERKLEY, Aug., 380 pp., $7.99)