A bright new star dawns in the Regency heavens with the superior
debut of Wilma Counts.

The conditions of the will are
nothing short of outrageous. Unless
the newly elevated Earl of Markholme marries Miss Sarah Longbourne, a
spirited spinster managing a nearby estate, he will inherit only debts and
she will lose her family home. Deciding to make the best of their difficult situation, the two embark on matrimony determined to avoid any emotional involvement.

That, however, turns out to be
easier said than done. The wall between them begins to crumble, first by hot
passion and then by a rare communion of spirit that makes each quiet moment something to cherish.

But will their budding relationship grow strong enough to handle the
reappearance of Markholmes first love? And what will happen when Markholme must return to war to fulfill his
commitment to Wellington?

This richly textured, maturely
developed love story bodes extremely well for a long and lustrous career for this fine new talent. (Sep., 223 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer