London reacquaints readers with the village of Hadley Green, where nobility and scandal mix, in an emotionally powerful love story of a man who needs redemption and a woman bold enough to love him. The strong plot and well-crafted characters envelop readers as the beauty of the romance sweeps them away.

Tobin Scott, the woodcarver’s son, returns to Hadley Green a wealthy man with a purchased title. As Count Eberlin of Denmark he hopes to avenge his father’s death. Fifteen years ago his father was hung for stealing the Ashwood jewels on the words of 5-year-old Lily Boudine. Lily is shocked at Tobin’s ruthless intent to ruin her estate unless she becomes his mistress. She accepts his proposal to save the people she cares for and is sure she can play at Tobin’s game of seduction. When she discovers the boy she knew is inside the coldhearted man, she falls in love and becomes determined to help Tobin prove his father’s innocence. (POCKET, Mar., 380 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin