A brilliant storyteller returns to her Regency roots to offer a romance filled with beautifully shaded characterization and heartfelt emotion.

He came out of nowhere to save Elspeth Gordon from a band of Portuguese brigands. Although Lieutenant Valentine Aston thought only to save the lady from an unspeakable fate, the handsome soldier is surprised to find himself not only still alive but a hero to boot. Certainly Elspeth, daughter of one of Wellingtons officers, is intrigued by her brooding rescuer.

Ever conscious of his illegitimate birth, this bastard son of an English earl is convinced that there can never be a relationship between them. Indeed, he is determined not to fall in love with her. But the fortunes of war and a gallant heroine will prove him wrongif he has the courage to seize love when he finds it.

Ms. Farrells mesmerizing love story is a spellbinder of the highest order. Writing with exquisite precision, she presents a haunting portrait of a man caught between two worlds and the unique woman who holds his heart. Powerful and compelling, this splendid reading experience reverberates with the unforgettable intensity of a classic treasure. (Feb., 320 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer