Rose Lerner’s debut novel In for a Penny must not be judged by its dreary little cover. The novel tells a classic romance tale with grace and style. I was hooked immediately, read it straight through, and didn’t want the book to end. Penelope Brown is an heiress and ‘cit’ who marries a penniless aristocrat. The marriage of convenience turns into a bona fide love match. While the story is nothing new in terms of plot, Ms. Lerner’s voice is fresh and charming, she has clearly done her research and the novel is engrossing. I will definitely be reading her second novel A Lily Among Thorns when it comes out in September.