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THE RAKE'S RETREAT
Genre: Regency Period, England
Once again Nancy Butler establishes herself as a writer of rare grace in this fresh version of a classic theme in Regency romance.
It starts with a dead man. A young
Fortunately, the spirited Lady Jemima Vale, is in temporary residence at the local inn. She could certainly provide proper chaperonage, if Mr. Beecham Bryce, libertine extraordinaire, can only persuade her and her brother to accept his hospitality.
And so begins an unusual house party in which Bryce discovers that his heart is not immune to love after all. But can he convince the lovely Lady Jemima that his love can be true? And even if he can, does he have any right to ask her to link her name to that of a notorious rake?
A consummate craftsman who individualizes her characters with piquant detail, Ms. Butler justifies her meteoric rise to prominence in a genre that demands the very best of writing. (Apr., 216 pp., $4.99)
Reviewed By: Melinda Helfer
Published: April 1999