Readers who've wondered what happened to Lady Philippa and Captain Thomas Dashwell, seen most recently
in Confessions of a Little Black Gown,
are rewarded with a brilliantly crafted, heart-tugging novel. Told through flashbacks that have them itching to know more, Boyle's delightful tale keeps readers glued to the pages and sighing with satisfaction as the characters move from young love to mature passion.

Lady Philippa "Pippin" Knolles has loved American sea captain turned privateer Thomas Dashwell since he stole a kiss in This Rake of Mine. A lifetime has separated them, as have marriage, duty, love and children, but a chance encounter with a young man who looks like Dash leads Pippin back to youthful love.

But he's no longer the bold privateer she rescued from a British prison; he's now a broken man who drinks too much and dwells on the past, haunted by memories of the mistakes in his life. Pippin's only hope to unlocking his heart and rekindling their love is to resurrect her red dress. But even when love and passion are restored there are secrets from the past that threaten their hopes for the future. (AVON, May, 380 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin