by Mary Adair

October 2002
ISBN: 1-58749-249-0
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In an interesting blend of cultures, Mary Adair has taken two members of the Cherokee nation and plunked them down into eighteenth century London. I must note at the beginning of this review that this book is the second in a trilogy, and I regret not having read them in order. There are characters, settings and relationships that probably would have made the first few chapters easier to grasp had I been able to draw upon that background. However, it is still an entertaining story.

Golden Dawn, or Dawn as she is known in London, is a seer. Her visions tell her that her one special mate is in danger and needs her. Unfortunately, her mate is Raven, friend and business partner of William, Earl of Southwick, and although he is having troubles, Dawn’s arrival doesn’t solve them; it adds to them.

Raven has pretty much turned his back on his heritage, found himself a tasty French girlfriend and is enjoying the lifestyle of a relatively well-off gentleman. But misfortune seems to haunt Raven, and the arrival of Dawn, coming as it does on top of some serious business setbacks, is a crushing blow. Raven knows he’s not immune to Dawn’s charms, and Dawn is sunnily secure in the knowledge that she and Raven are destined for each other.

Although both are interesting characters, I’d like to have understood Raven a little better, and perhaps this is where the first volume in this series might have helped. He seemed to be able to make the change from British Gentleman to Cherokee Brave very easily, yet was riddled with any number of neuroses and insecurities. Dawn, on the other hand, is quite straightforward. Raven is her man, and she will protect him. She is, however, rather naive when it comes to what is and isn’t possible for a woman of her time.

The characters are very well drawn, and the supporting cast is excellent. (Don’t miss one of the charming grandmothers providing a diversionary tactic by dressing up as a “lady of the evening”! It’s hilarious!) Taken as a whole, this is a fun read, with an adventurous story involving some exciting characters. The love story itself seemed a little out of focus when compared to the plot, but that certainly didn’t prevent me from enjoying this tale.

Reviewed in September 2002 by Celia.

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