London Belle is fast paced, emotional, and captures the era to a tee. Shirley's characters are well drawn and she has a knack for surprising her reader. I enjoyed her first book "Lady Semple's Secret" and loved "London Belle" even more. Who could resist a story of fortunes lost, family secrets, castle ruins, a jeweled chalice that brings out the best and the worst in those who possess it, and a rogue hero to die for? With each book, Shirley becomes a stronger writer and more engrossing storyteller. If you like Regency, "London Belle" is a must read.