THE PAINTED LADY
Lilyanne Bannisters father was infamous for his cures of the nerves of the Tons elite. When the Duke of Caswell, a renowned portrait painter, comes to her fathers clinic with tales of murder and stories about the lady who speaks to him from a canvas, he fears the Duke is a murdering madman.
Lilyanne is convinced the Duke is not mad, but somehow has been given a genuine vision in order to free his artistic soul from societys constraints upon his talent.
Between the lovely young woman and the lush, bawdy apparition, the Duke comes to discover aspects of his heart that had previously been unknown to him. Barbara Metzgers unconventional accomplice to love is amusing, lewd, loud and oddly unformed, but the tale is a cozy read that will no doubt please her fans. (July, 224 pp., $4.99)