Successful London barrister Gideon Cole hopes to marry Lady Constance Clary to further his career. But when he rescues pickpocket Lily Masters, buying her freedom in a brash act of charity, he sees a way to ensure Lady Constance chooses him.

Lily manages to keep herself and her 10-year-old sister, Alice, alive on the streets of St. Giles. She's never been caught until now and Gideon's inter- vention saves her from Newgate.

To make Constance jealous, Gideon installs Lily and Alice in the family's estate and lets his game begin—and what a game he ends up playing. With her wit, intelligence and ability for fabricating stories, Lily turns everything upside down, especially Gideon's heart.

Long's sprightly My Fair Lady/ Cinderella story is endearing, delightful and unforgettable. Designed to warm your heart and titillate your senses, this is a must for anyone who loves laughter wrapped in tears. SENSUAL (Apr. 380 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin