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    Review of VALENTINE'S CHANGE OF HEART by Elisabeth Fairchild

    A SIGNET BOOK, January 2003

    Lord Valentine Wharton has returned from the Napoleonic wars and wants nothing but to retreat to the countryside of Wales with his daughter--reliving the happy memories of his childhood with his own father. Of course, he doesn't want Felicity to miss her schooling and taking along a governess seems like a good idea. Especially since Felicity's favorite governess has just been fired for receiving a bad reference from her former (abusive) boss.

    Governess Elaine Deering knows Valentine's reputation and it isn't good. Felicity is his illegitimate daughter and rumors have it that he has ruined dozens of women. Still, to her he seems kind and considerate. She agrees to accompany Valentine and Felicity, at least for a little while--and over time, can't help falling in love with him. But love, in Regency England, is hardly enough. Their social positions are too far apart and Valentine's family and friends are dead-set against her. Even this, however, is not the problem. Elaine knows that Valentine is still hopelessly in love with his childhood sweetheart--the woman who married his best friend.

    Author Elizabeth Fairchild (see more reviews of novels by this author) has written a powerful romance. Her descriptions of the Welsh countryside and its fallen castles is both powerfully descriptive and provides vivid imagery reflecting the growing attraction between these two damaged people.

    Four Stars

    Reviewed 10/15/02

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