It's time for another diverting frolic in Regency England from the pen of a favorite author.

The only reason Miss Elizabeth Endicott agrees to accompany her sister Cassandra to London for the Season is to make sure her lovely sibling has a chance to make a highly suitable marriage. It's not that she has anything against her sister's avowed love for a neighbor, but she could do so much better.

Little does she know that Cassandra's true reason for consenting to the London sojourn is to give her elder sister the opportunity to find the husband she deserves. And with the services of Cassie's godmother Lady Sophy, matchmaker extraordinaire, it should be a simple matter.

Randall, Lord Worth, is the premier pink of the ton, moving in the highest circles as the heir to exiled Beau Brumell. When his young nephew appears to develop a tendre for the younger Endicott girl, he knows it is his duty to depress any expectations the ladies Endicott may have foolishly formed.

But just who is spurning whom? Elizabeth gives as good as she gets, and soon it is society's leading arbiter who is bewitched, bothered and bewildered.

Ms. Quinto's lively romp is cleverly plotted and features appealing characters to keep us happily amused. (Jun., 223 pp., $4.50)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer