Diane Farr has once again outdone herself in her latest novel, the touching and beautiful story of two seemingly mismatched lovers, an impoverished but charming rogue who must marry an heiress to save his destitute family estate and a wealthy spinster who has resolved never to marry in order to maintain her hard-won independence. George Carstairs, Baron Rival, is literally down to his last penny when he embarks on a campaign to meet and win the hand in marriage of the reclusive but fabulously rich Lady Olivia Fairfax. Lady Olivia, who has had a history of disastrous relationships with men, from her distant and domineering father, to her abusive step-brother, her faithless fiance, and her condescending solicitor, is happy in her independent life as a 26 year old spinster, running the charitable school for orphaned girls that she has founded. Despite the fact that George makes no secret of his need for Olivia's wealth, she finds her determination never to marry and never to put herself within a man's control crumbling in the face of Geroge's devastating charm, his obvious devotion to her and her family, and his intrinsic honesty and kindness. But can she trust him, or trust her heart? For George's part, what begins as a rather cold-blooded plot to marry money soon becomes transformed, in a very believable way, into a great and enduring love that transcends material wealth. The story begins with a case of mistaken identity and there are many plots and sublots along the way that keep the pace of this book moving quickly. The dialogue between the lovers, so real and so full of gentle wit and amusing double-entendres, is some of the best I have ever read. This is a beautifully-written story with lots of depth and a sure bet to be nominated for a RITA award for 2002. If you are a stickler for romantic fiction of the highest quality, do yourself a favor--run, do not walk, to your nearest bookstore or on-line bookseller and pick up a copy of The Fortune Hunter for your keeper shelf. You will laugh, you will cry, and your heart will be touched, but you will not be disappointed.