by Nicole Byrd

February 2005
ISBN: 0-425-20110-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Gemma Smith sets out for London to find her long lost brother. Problem number one, he has no idea he even has a sister. Not knowing how to broach the subject with him, or how much he does or doesn’t know about her birth she must find him and get some answers. What she doesn’t realize is she may have to prove her case first. Circumstances beyond her control put her at his mercy, and she hopes he will to realize the sibling bond between them.

In the meantime, she has met Louisa Crookshanks. Louisa was a great secondary character that the reader truly does start liking, and hoping the best for. Louisa had some growing up to do and with her new friend Gemma’s help was able to come to that realization pretty quickly.

As both of these girls set loose in London, who will win their hearts? This was my first read by Nicole Byrd, and I would love to read more of her work. This novel, though set in the Regency time period, does give readers a good feeling. When reading, one is reminded of their best friend and girl talk, etc.

Though there was constant mystery as to Gemma’s orgins of birth and ancestors, one still gets the treat of seeing a light hearted look at the Regency era. When dancing was utmost in young ladies minds and they created scandal without a second thought. Some of the situations these ladies find themselves in are hilarious, despite the turmoil it causes in their lives. One can just imagine how full their husband’s lives will be to tame that wild spirit of girlhood.

The author also leaves some things up in the air. While I groaned not to have all the answers and felt I just had to know right now, this leaves me hopeful for a sequel to Gemma and her newfound husband. Perhaps, we can even see Louisa again!

Reviewed in July 2005 by Katy.

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