Lady Rosamund Devere is a genteel young woman, raised to marry well as befits the daughter of the Duke of Ramsey. But her well-ordered life is about to change when she accompanies her best friend on an errand of mercy to Newgate.

Things go awry when Colonel Richard Maitland, condemned murderer and ex-chief of the Special Branch, takes Rosamund hostage during his escape from the prison.

Frightened out of her wits, she is determined not to back down from this formidable, arrogant man. While they try to elude the militia, Rosamund comes to find Richard to be an honorable man, firm in the desire to prove his innocence.

Fast-paced, with a bit of intrigue and well-developed, passionate characters, Ms. Thorntons story brings together a man and a woman from different social classes to show that love conquers all. THE PERFECT PRINCESS is a joy to read! SENSUAL (Nov., 341 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond