The reigning belle of elegant drawing room comedy returns with another delicately developed tale of love among the Regency ton.

It is not easy to watch her cousin marry the gentleman who captures her own heart, but Miss Persys Timothy gallantly serves as a bridal attendant at their fashionable wedding. Little does she know that she is under the careful observation of that urbane gentleman, the Duke of Eddington.

It is the duke who comes to the rescue when her aunt summarily dismisses her from her household, leaving her to make her own way in the world. By chance, the dukes mother is in need of a companion to amuse her while she recovers from a badly sprained knee.

But what is Eddingtons real interest in a lady so beneath him in noble rank? Does she dare believe that his intentions are both personal and honorable? Or should she devote her energy to starting up a school for young misses under the sponsorship of the duchess?

Although the pacing is on the slow side, Regency connoisseurs will appreciate Ms. Hendricksons ever-exquisite craftsmanship and revel in the subtle romance. (Feb., 224 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer