THE SUMMER OF YOU
Noble sets the perfect tone for a charming, country-set romance. By combining touches of poignancy with dry wit she allows her characters to take center stage in a story with a traditionally delightful plot.
Her father's illness, along with her brother's undisciplined actions, force Lady Jane Cummings to spend her summer in the country. She's bored away from London, until she meets her neighbor, the reclusive war hero Byrne Worth. She knows he's the man who rescued her brother from a pub brawl. Enchanted by her wit and beauty, Byrne realizes she's above his station, but their friendship quickly grows into love. When rumors of a highwayman begin flying, suspicion falls on Byrne. Jane defends him, placing herself in danger from both villains and society gossip out of loyalty for her unconventional lover. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Apr., 352 pp., $15.00)