Miss Pamela Lockhart of the Distinguished Academy of Governesses accepts a highly unusual proposal from Lord Devon Matthews, Earl of Kerrich, in book two of Christina Dodds Governess Brides Series.

Out of favor with the newly married Queen Victoria, Devon plans to gain respect-ability and the queens acceptance by adopting an orphan and presenting the child at court. He needs Pamela to find him one and act as governess.

Hiding her youth and beauty under makeup and dowdy clothes, Pamela moves into Lord Kerrichs home, contingent on his agreement to behave as a gentleman, never ask questions about her personal life and allow her to find the child.

Everything does not go as Devon ex-pects. Pamela adopts a girl instead of a boy, and he finds himself unwillingly attracted to the homely Ms. Lockhart. And when he uncovers her masquerade, things really heat up and soon all rules are off with several very surprising revelations.

The is The Ugly Duckling with a distinctive Christina Dodd twist, delightfully witty and passionate. Readers are getting an engaging story peopled with charming, warm and very real characters whose passions and problems mirror our own. There can be nothing more glorious than reading a romance that touches the heart and the mind in just that special way. SENSUAL (Oct., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin