A dark secret, a hero who doesn’t believe in true love and a heroine who will touch your heart add depth to Goodger’s message of the power of love to overcome all adversity. This emotional and poignant romance is a quick, pleasant night’s read.

Melissa Atwell and her father live a reclusive life. A beautiful and well-educated young woman, she is taught the social graces but is innocent in the ways of the world. She is not prepared for her father’s death, nor does she know of the secret he takes to the grave. Her uncle, Lord Braddock, calls on his son John to help ease Melissa into society. John has never met anyone like Melissa. He cannot bear the thought of her marrying one of his friends, and she doesn’t want to marry anyone else since it is John who holds her heart. The possibility of scandal rears its ugly head when the secret of Melissa’s parentage comes to light. (ZEBRA, Aug., 380 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond