One of the Regency genre's most remarkable talents spins another web of enchantment in an intriguing new novel.

In an age of propriety, the handsome Earl of Wright is a true anomaly: a larger than life figure who lives by the rules of his heart. Many know of him; most fear him. And they are right to do so.

To his friends and loved ones, however, he is a fearless champion to be called upon in times of trouble. It is therefore to be expected that when his sister, a widowed duchess, disappears while on a journey to a remote estate, the earl rushes through the night to lead the search into her whereabouts.

By the time the adventure is concluded, not only has the lost duchess been restored, but various nefarious villains have been brought to justice, and the earl has found the one woman for whom his heart is willing to pay the price of love.

It is impossible to describe the joyous magic Ms. Lansdowne weaves-you just have to experience it in all its splendor. (Nov., 320 pp., $4.50)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer