by Emma Goldrick

July 1990
ISBN: 0-263-76738-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Mills & Boon
Mass Market Paperback

Mandy celebrates her 21st birthday at a charity party she would rather not be at, but quickly changes her mind when she meets the party's host, Brian Stone.

Mandy is a great heroine. A girl deeply traumatised after witnessing her parents death in a bloody uprising, she was flung in a river but was rescued and taken back home to recover. The trauma left her mute and she does not get her voice back. But Mandy is no docile little miss and has an excellent sense of humour with a temper that she can show without any problems though she canít speak! She knows how to throw an item or two when things get tense!

Brian employs her to type his book but finds her so delightful that it didn't take long to fall in love with her. I think Brian couldnít help but fall for this delightful girl. She is full of life and how she managed to be ignored by young men for so long is a mystery to him.

I liked the sensitivity that Emma Goldrick handles the heroine. The way she communicates with the hero through the story as her romance grows is well done.

Secondary characters like the eccentric Rose, Brianís Aunt and the redoubtable housekeeper Mrs Duggan add humour to the story. And the horrible Melanie, who was a former girlfriend of Brian, adds a neat bit of tension to the tale. She is so nasty to Mandy that you hate her right away!

I really enjoyed this story. Pity it was so short, just 187 pages but still good for a quick read.

Reviewed in September 2002 by Mary.

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