The only drawback to this clever story is the motivation for the evil of this couple's extended families.

Gabriell Alexandra Lynn-Edred has been jailed by her evil uncle. If she dies before her 21st birthday he will maintain control of her estates and wealth. When the jail catches fire, the jailer frees all the prisoners with the exception of Gabriell.

Dante Werian, Marquess of Edenvale, is looking for a wife when he comes across the burning jail. He helps put out the fire and discovers Gabriell is trapped. They flee together to Scotland and are forced by circumstance to avow their marriage in front of witnesses.

Dante's folks are opposed to the marriage as is her uncle, and they unite to destroy the couple. (Feb., 301 pp., $6.00 dl)

Reviewed by: 
Deborah Brent