You can always count on Teresa DesJardien for something different, often provocative and definitely exciting and she proves it in her debut book for Signet.

It is late at night. A desperate young woman is running away from the scoundrel who ruined her, trying to find some kind of food and shelter. When she stumbles across a seemingly large residence, she is relieved until she sees the leaping flames and is attacked and left for dead by an unknown assailant.

Gideon Whitbury, Marquess of Greyleigh, is used to taking in strays. His whole household is made up of unfortunate souls he has rescued from a cruel and unforgiving world. But taking in survivors from the fire that swept the local lunatic asylum is a bit much, even for him. Theres something different, however, about the young lady he finds unconscious in a ditch.

Just who is she? Is she the mentally impaired person her vagueness suggests, or does she have good reason to hide her identity? And what about her claims of seeing what could only be a ghost?

Creating a powerful ambience for her strikingly original romance, Ms. DesJardien piques our imagination from the first page to the last. (Sep., 214 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer