The gifted pen of Martha Kirkland delivers a charming duel of hearts for our reading pleasure. Miss Eloise Kendall is less than thrilled at the return of Gregory Ward to the neighborhood. From their very first encounter as children, disaster has been the inevitable result each time theyve met.

Still, he has turned into quite a handsome gentleman, one with strong principles that lead him to stand for Parliament. Along with his friend, the Whig party whip, he seeks support for his cause among his friends and family. Can Eloise remain immune to his warm smile and twinkling eye?

With both humor and grace, Ms.Kirkland serves up a fresh plot and a bevy of appealing characters. (Sep., 219 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer