My fair gentleman In The Proposition, Judith Ivory puts a new spin on the story of Pygmalion as she tells the sparkling tale of a spinster who makes a man out of mud. Mick Tremore is a Cornish rat catcher who's set loose on the proper, genteel Edwina Bollash, tutor of aristocratic young ladies. Mick is used to being propositioned by women who want a brief wallow in the mud of the lower classes, but nothing he's experienced has prepared him for the challenge of his tutor. Edwina wants to prove she can teach the free-living Mick how to be a proper gentleman, even if she has to do some learning of her own.

Judith Ivory's The Proposition evokes the warmest human passions in this radiant tale.

Sandy Huseby writes and reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside near Nevis, Minnesota. She is online at

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