Justiss captures the true essence of
the Regency period in this sweet,
gentle romance. The characters come
to life with all the proper mannerisms and dialogue as they waltz around each other in a "most unconventional" courtship.

Mr. Hal Waterman is afraid of beautiful women. They make him feel clumsy and tongue-tied, which is why he runs away when he first meets Elizabeth Wellingford. But seven years later he reluctantly comes to her rescue. Elizabeth is a new widow with a young son to raise and a household she has no idea how to run. She welcomes Hal's help in getting her accounts in order, and he becomes her hero when he saves her from greedy moneylenders and an old family friend with disreputable intentions.

Hal is surprised by her admiration. For the first time in his life he feels confident with a woman. He's prepared to wait for her mourning period to be over before declaring himself, but his matchmaking mother has another woman in mind for him. Can his quick thinking get him out of a trip to Gretna Green and into Elizabeth's embrace? (Harlequin, Jul., 300 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Maria Ferrer