TENDER THE STORM
by Elizabeth Thornton

August 2002
ISBN: 0-8217-7385-2
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Mass Market Paperback
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Zoe Deveraux is just seventeen but is disguised as a schoolgirl in France during the Revolution. Having been hidden since her parents were imprisoned, she is suspicious and worried when all of a sudden rumors about her sister, Claire, start making their way around and a man, Rolfe, appears to take her away from the school.


Rolfe Brockford, Marquess of Rivard is posing as a Revolutionary to get the French nobility safely to England to avoid execution. But this young charge of his is making his blood boil, making him think thoughts that he had no business thinking with a girl of her age.


Once he has her in England, he leaves her in capable hands, much to Zoe’s dismay. She believes she will never see him again. But the woman she’s staying with gets her a job as a companion and Rolfe finds out about this.


He asks her to marry him, and she excepts out of her hero-worship of him. Rolfe then deposits his bride to his country estate with his evil mother and sister-in-law. After several fiascos that Rolfe holds Zoe responsible for, Zoe packs and leaves the estate to return to a now calm France after seeing her husband kissing another woman.


Unknown to Zoe, Rolfe was nearly killed by an assassin’s bullet. The assassin belongs to a secret society in France. But that’s all he knows. And then upon his recovery, he finds that his wife has filed for divorce and obtained one, which is perfectly legal in France now.


He returns to France to claim his wife and find out who is behind the secret society. What he doesn’t count on is his wife being actively pursued by men who are on his list of suspects.


This story and plot were very good, and I very much enjoyed Zoe. However, I can not give this book a higher rating because of Rolfe. Why, you may be asking? Because after he marries Zoe, which she wasn’t sure she wanted, he began affairs with several women while Zoe was at the mercy of his evil mother, who told lies and made life impossible for her. Then he has the nerve to ask why Zoe divorced him?


It’s a really good story with a good deal of wit and mayhem, but Rolfe keeps spoiling the story, making Zoe feel guilty for things that she shouldn’t. If you can put up with him, you’ll really enjoy this story!


Reviewed in September 2002 by Lucy.

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