William, the Earl of Bonnington, is doubtful hell find the ideal woman to accompany him on his mission to France. Then he catches a glimpse of his friend Francescas latest sketch. There on the paper is a rendering of his ideala beauty who looks as if she has a brain.

The only problem: she is an orange seller, not a lady of quality. Not to be put off, William locates the young woman, Harriet Treene, and convinces her to allow him to turn her into his partner by teaching her everything she needs to know to be a lady and a spy.

With Francescas tutoring, Harriet becomes perfection. So perfect that William would defy society by falling in love with a commoner and an orange girl at that. Hed even make her his wife. But this might not happen as an unknown danger intent on revenge is stalking them.

THE VERY COMELY COUNTESS nicely completes the duet begun with The Very Daring Duchess. Ms. Jarrett has interwoven her characters from the first book into this sequel and, though not as fast-paced, this Cinderella-meets-My Fair Lady tale is sure to enchant, not only for its charming characters, feminist heroines and colorful setting, but because its a joy to read! SENSUAL (Oct., 380 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin