The Regency genre's most elegant craftsman entertains her myriad fans with a sparkling comedy of manners in which love conquers all in delicious fashion.

Forced to earn her living as a lady's companion after her father's untimely death, Miss Sophie Garnett is quite taken aback to be summoned to the reading of a distant relative's will. She is even more surprised to inherit his library and positively astounded when she discovers a fortune hidden within the pages of the scholarly tomes.

Her unexpected legacy in hand, Sophie heads for London to fulfill her dreams and with the help of her well-connected employer becomes the toast of the town. There is one heart, however, beyond her reach-that of her handsome cousin, Jonathan, the Viscount Lowell. But is it really?

Ms. Hendrickson continues to polish her writing style to a bright sheen of excellence, deepening and enriching characterization and tightening plot development. The result is pure pleasure for Regency fans. (Feb., 222 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer