In this pleasant Regency novel Quintilla Davenant, though pretty, is lame and lacking in dowry and has consequently been ignored by London society. She loves to dance despite her lameness, and, caught dancing by herself in the library at a ball is swept into a waltz with a handsome stranger. The man, Lord Eysley, is attracted by her wit and forthrightness. He sets out to present her properly to society so that she has a chance to marry respectably, until it dawns on him that he wants her himself. Quintilla and her baron are amusing. An interesting subplot involves Dr. Jenner's efforts to get his vaccination bill passed. Thomas, a retired librarian, has done her research well and even gives a bibliography. Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Coll. Lib., Davenport, Ia.
YA A light romance featuring the typical Regency heroine. Pretty, educated, and poor, Quintilla is also lame. However, as in all period romances, she meets a rich, titled gentleman who decides to help her find a husband who will not mind her handicap. Naturally, he falls in love with her himself. Before he realizes this, many escapades occur. Quintilla's adventures include helping Edward Jenner promote his cure for smallpox and helping a charming thief evade capture. Quintilla and her gentleman are appealing characters, and the plot is exactly what fans of period romance want. Lois J. Jerolleman, Houston Public Library