by Susan Wiggs

September 2002
ISBN: 1-55166-938-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

After reading Halfway To Heaven, fans of Susan Wiggs have been waiting and looking forward to reading this sequel,Enchanted Afternoon, which features the story of Helena Cabot and Michael Rowan.

In Enchanted Afternoon, Helena has married the wrong man, Troy Barnes, for eight years and has a son, William. After the death of Helena's father, Troy finds out that William isn't his son and starts to abuse Helena and makes her life a living hell.

Helena's ex-lover, Michael Rowan, is back in town and Helena seeks him to help her to divorce Troy. Michael refuses and has no idea that Helena has been abused and that he has an eight old son that she has passed off as Troy's when he left and walked away from Helena nine years ago. When Michael meets William face to face, he can tell that William is his biological son, as William resembles Michael in many ways.

One day after Troy leaves town, Helena packs and leaves with her maid and William and takes residence in the Moon Lake Lodge. Once she is there, she starts helping other women who are hurt or abused by their own husbands. Moon Lake Lodge then becomes a sanctuary for abused women in Saratoga Springs.

Josephine, one of the residents in Moon Lake Lodges, comes along with a gift - she knows where to find a hot spring right at the site of Moon Lake Lodge. With the help of Michael and the residents in Moon Lake Lodge, they start to drill and find a real hot spring. Helena wants to build a roman bath and goes to her ex father-in-law to borrow equipment. What she doesn't know is that Michael is also the son of her ex father-in-law and the story goes on dramatically.

Enchanted Afternoon takes place in Saratoga Springs, New York with a hero and heroine that have a big difference both in their background and education. Helena is born rich as a senator's daughter and Michael is a poor lad when they first met in Halfway To Heaven. Ironically, Helena is illiterate and Michael is a professor. Only their love and trust can heal their broken hearts and make a bright future together.

Reviewed in September 2002 by Rose.

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