A dashing highwayman, who steals to provide funds for a local orphanage, and a delectable Lord, who lives in disgrace with his neighbors over a 20-year-old scandal, both lay claim to the affections of the unconventional Miss Abigail Chailey.

Miss Chailey is determined to only marry a man who can provide her with her hearts desirea place in a loving community of friends and neighborsand is amazingly practical in her refusal to marry for less. However, her heart rebels at these strictures and Cupids arrow finds her drawn to entirely the wrong sort of man. How is she ever to find a suitable mate?

Valerie King creates a delightful heroine who manages to be both supremely proper and touchingly imperfect in this amusing tale. (Mar., 256 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Teresa Roebuck