It is very refreshing that the hero of the story is looking for more than just a debutant. William wants a strong, intelligent woman – which is definitely Emily. What he is not expecting is the sly sense of humor that she carefully keeps hidden from everyone. Emily’s unexpected charm and sass are a great complement to William’s lighthearted, easygoing attitude. At moments the plot felt forced, but the story picked up momentum for an exciting conclusion.

William Ashenden is looking for a wife and home now that he has guardianship of his orphaned niece and nephew. He is visiting the Berkshires when he saves a woman trapped in a tree. He is not expecting to see Emily Winbolt again, so he is surprised (and pleased) to learn that she is his relatives' neighbor. He definitely wants to court the witty woman, but with her inheritance, it will be difficult to convince her that he wants her for brains and wit rather than her fortune. (Harlequin, Jan., 280 pp., $5.99) *Web Exclusive Review*
Reviewed by: 
Dawn Crowne