THE SURGEON'S LADY
Set on the southwest coast of England during the Napoleonic Wars, this "Regency" novel features characters who are commoners rather than highborn members of the ton. The intriguing plot combines military history and medicine, unique elements that show promise, but neither the plot nor the characters are well developed.
After the death of her husband, Lady Laura Taunton journeys to visit her half-sister, Eleanor, in Plymouth, home of the Royal Naval Fleet. Eleanor is married to a sea captain who has been injured in the war. During her visit, Laura meets Philemon Brittle, the surgeon caring for her brother-in-law, and they are immediately attracted to each other.
When Philemon learns that Laura nursed her husband before he died, he begs her to help him in the military hospital, where they are badly short-staffed. As Laura and Phil work together, their attraction grows, but Laura isn't sure she can live her life married to a man who will always put his work first. (HARLEQUIN, Jun., 288 pp., $5.99)