Signet, May 2002, 6.99, 384 pp.
Most of the Ton would forgive just about anything of the daughter of a Duke. However, much of the aristocracy feels her clubfoot makes Lady Anne Peckworth not quite worth her position in society. Many feel that is why she has been jilted and is obviously slated for a life of spinsterhood.
Race de Vere feels sorry and concerned for Anne when his friend deserted her for another woman. He decides to insure that Anne is okay. However, to his amazement, he finds her not only upbeat, but also quite desirable. As he encourages Anne to live life to the fullest, he falls in love with her, but alas he has no title and is beneath her station. Anne realizes that the third time is the charm as she is finally in love and refuses to allow Race to hide his feelings because this round belongs to her.
Regency romance fans will not HAZARD any doubt on the latest Jo Beverly tale as the author as usual comes through with a marvelous sequel starring one of the more deserving characters in recent romance novels, Anne. Race brings out the best in his beloved with his compassionate caring nature. The story line focuses on the growing love and relationship between these two nice people who merit a lifetime of love together though society dictates otherwise. Fans of a gently warm historical tale focused on romance will gain immense pleasure from Ms. Beverly's beautiful book.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner