Anne Gracie has created wonderfully engaging characters in Gallant Waif, and her excellent attention to historic detail provides an exciting backdrop for this well-written tale of love and misadventure in 1800's England. Orphaned and destitute, Kate Farleigh's noble spirit and unflagging strength serve her well in the face of her scandalous past. When she is carried off by the wealthy and imperious Lady Cahill and deposited in the neglected hideaway of Lady C's bitter, war-scarred grandson Jack, Kate hopes she has also found a place to hide. Jack is by turns outraged, annoyed and amused by Kate's feisty, no-nonsense approach to life. There are no dull moments in the story of plucky young Kate and the darkly sexy Jack. Just when they seem to be reaching a tenuous peace, secrets, deceptions and scandalous revelations threaten to destroy their chances for future happiness. Gallant Waif is a real page-turner.