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Logic of the heart
Veryan, Patricia.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1990.
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Patricia Veryan was born in 1923 and grew up in a suburb of London, England. She completed a one year secretarial course and had numerous jobs including working in the London offices of Columbia Pictures, for the U.S. Army Headquarters, and for the University of California. She moved to the United States after World War II. Her first romance novel, The Lord and the Gypsy, was published in 1978. Her other works include the Golden Chronicles series and the Sanguinet Saga. Her last novel, The Riddle of the Deplorable Dandy, was released in 2002. She retired from writing due to failing eyesight.

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Booklist Review

Writing with her usual flair, Veryan takes a discordant romantic couple--Susan Henley and Valentine Montclair--and drops them into the midst of political intrigue in Regency England. Montclair thinks the worst of the widowed Henley, who has taken up residence in a dower house on his family's estate, claiming ownership. Hilarious confrontations occur between the pair before they fall in love. Montclair is also at odds with family members in his own home, where his uncle (with his obstreperous wife and conniving son) is acting as executor of the estate for his own profit. Romance and justice triumph, of course, but only after many tense encounters and much witty jousting. --Denise Perry Donavin

Library Journal Review

Priscilla is a Shirley Temple-type moppet with a ``fierce an' 'vincible guard dog,'' Wolfgang (he's actually a spaniel). Her mother, Susan, the disgraced widow of a military suicide, is trying to stave off eviction. Enter Valentine Montclair, whose uncle is trying to oust the poor widow from her house, and who is himself a murderer's target. These two would-be antagonists try to ferret out a mystery in which the notorious ``Masterpiece Gang'' is involved. If this sounds like a mishmash, it is. There is enough here for at least two stories, and there are too many characters, most of them far more interesting than the hero and heroine. Despite all the oohings and aahings, the childish prattle, and the incomprehensible English of one of the characters, the book is enjoyable. Certainly it is not Veryan's best, but her historical romances (the Sanguinet series) are so much better than most. Regency mysteries seem to be the genre of the 1990s. Recommended.-- Paula M. Zieselman, Debevoise & Plimpton Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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