A dazzling new talent bursts onto the Regency scene with the publication of this wonderful debut book from the super-talented Nancy Butler.

Robert MacIntyre, fifth Earl of Monteith, is not your average London fop. A Highland Scot, known for his dour attitude and fierce scowl, the gentleman only visits the drawing rooms of society to further his political causes.

One of those causes incurs the wrath of Randall Skelton, a scheming baron whose unsavory dealings cannot bear the light of Monteith's investigations.

Obviously, something will have to be done about the stubborn Scot, even if it means kidnapping him and causing him to have a most fatal accident.

Fate, however, has other ideas.

The Marriott family, especially the eldest sister Evelynne, has reason to be very grateful to the earl. So when she witnesses his abduction, she impulsively jumps onto the coach hoping to find a way to help him escape his captors.

And so begins an extraordinary odyssey through the English countryside as two people, who would ordinarily never have met, are thrown together in great intimacy.

But can the bond they form survive their inner fears as well as the merciless glare of the public spotlight?

Writing with impressive power, Ms. Butler fashions an unforgettable love story that vibrates with delicate emotion as well as eloquent passion. (Jan., 224 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer