Regency connoisseurs in search of excell-ence need look no further than the latest wonderful love story from Nadine Miller.

Why in the world does a dukes son feel at least partially responsible for the death of a country bumpkin? True, he won the mans farm in a game of cards, but it was his opponent who insisted on playing. Still, Lord Adam Cresswell feels impelled to return the property deed to the mans widow somewhere in the wilds of Exmoor.

Nothing about his trip goes as planned. Travelling in the guise of a recently returned soldier from the Peninsula, he arrives at his destination only to be mistaken for a new farm hand. And so the illustrious son of nobility finds himself performing the most menial of duties and finding unexpected happiness in doing so.

Magic comes in the form of the farmers beautiful widow, a woman determined to move past the legendary eccentricity of her forebears into respectability and acceptance. How can two such disparate people make a life together?

A consummate storyteller, Ms. Miller crafts a moving love story with fresh, innovative plotting and unforgettable characterization. (May, 220 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer