The stage is set for the first installment in Camp's Matchmakers series. She capably brings together a young spinster and a handsome heir to an earldom in this charming and poignant Regency-set love story that's capped off with two very intriguing minor characters.

Since the death of her father, Constance Woodley has lived with relatives who treat her as an unpaid servant. At 28, she considers herself on the shelf. But things change when she accompanies the family to London and meets Lady Francesca Haughtson at a ball. Under Francesca's tutelage, Constance is transformed into a lovely, fascinating woman. Lord Dominic Leighton, Francesca's rakish brother, enjoys a flirtation with Constance that soon sparks into desire.

Though in love with him, Constance knows Dominic must marry for money. Nevertheless, circumstances beyond their control cause him to announce that he and Constance are betrothed. Now all he has to do is convince Constance that his love for her is greater than his duty to his family. (HQN, Sep., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond