by Louise Bergin

April 2005
ISBN: 0-451-21472-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

After an awful London Season, Miss Lydia Grenville returns to the country with little hope of ever finding her true love match. She seeks peace in her sketching, often sneaking out of her home to draw in the wood surrounding the nearby estate of Winterbourne Castle.

Lydia’s peace is one day disrupted by a rumpled stranger she assumes is the secretary to the new Duke of Winterbourne. His light, endearing demeanor captivates Lydia’s heart, but destined to marry a noble, she knows that her attraction to this man is quite hopeless and meeting him alone in the woods is quite scandalous.

John Penhope, the Duke of Winterbourne is transfixed to the beauty of this mysterious wood nymph. Little did he know that someone such as Lydia Grenville should live so close to his home. He is captivated by her wholesome, innocent nature, but when he realizes that she has mistaken him for his secretary, how will he go about telling her the truth without losing his heart in the process?

Louise Bergin has brought us a sweet, romantic tale of love found in the most innocent of circumstances. There is a chemistry that you feel between Lydia and John right from the beginning. Ms. Bergin brings to life the feeling of the regency era and the flow of the story is very believable as well as page turning. The reader is never bored, which makes a very good read out of a 216 page book.

Ms. Bergin is truly an author to keep your eye on in the future. She has a wonderful writing career ahead of her.

Reviewed in August 2005 by Debbie.

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