Light-hearted, well-constructed historical romance doesn't come my way all that often. There's usually a major flaw, like a simplistic plot line or predictable characters. This little book, published in 1996, was a pleasure to read and enjoy. Even the secondary love story, not only a surprise but a great way to wrap it up. Miss Mary Goodwin, who thinks she's plain and simple, falls in love with Jason, a young law clerk. By a twist of fate, Jason becomes the Earl of Helsbury, and along with the title inherits Helsbury Hall. And an attitude, an overweening aunt, and a scheming cousin. And - worst of all - a conniving ghost, Vincent, who has scores to settle. Read and enjoy. It's a 4.