by Jayne Ann Krentz

July 1990
ISBN: 1-551-66462-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Sarah Fleetwood is one of three close friends, all writers, who have their own stories, ably written by the amazing Jayne Ann Krentz. Kate Inskip Hawthorne and Margaret Lark are worried about Sarah, whose intuition is often amazingly accurate, because she is planning a trip based on that intuition alone. A trip to meet a man she has only corresponded with for a few months, a man about whom she knows very little, and a man she plans to invite on a treasure hunt with her!! Yes, Kate and Margaret have very good reasons to be worried.

He doesn't know it yet, but so does Gideon Trace. Living an almost reclusive existence in a lonely old Victorian mansion on the fog-shrouded coastline, Gideon is unprepared for the eruption of Sarah into his well-ordered life! Bringing her charm, her naiveté, and that well-known intuition into Gideon's house disturbs him in many different and unsettling ways, not the least being an amazingly sensual response he finds himself fighting whenever he's around this whimsical optimist!

For Sarah adamantly believes in what her intuition is telling her: Gideon is the hero she's been writing about in her contemporary romantic suspense novels, and he's going to be the one to help her find her inheritance - the long-lost Fleetwood Flowers! The Flowers, five pairs of priceless earrings hidden by a distant ancestor, are mixed up in Sarah's mind with Gideon - she can't get a handle on exactly how they are related, but she knows to the very soles of her feet that her life is going to be different because of them.

Needless to say, Sarah's beliefs are going to take a battering when they run slap up against Gideon's harsh and suspicious outlook on life, and watching these two as they slip ever closer to each other's hearts and beds is an adventure in itself. There are few secondary characters in this story, only the ones who are absolutely essential to the progression of the plot (I do not forget the presence of the two wonderful cats, Macchu and Ellora). Luckily, Ms. Krentz is talented enough to make a complete and satisfying tale out of the romance that blooms, albeit bumpily, between Gideon and Sarah. Both characters are well fleshed out and the reader truly has chance to understand them on many different levels. Sarah Fleetwood could have been, in other hands, a very annoying woman, but it is to Ms. Krentz' credit that she has kept Sarah this side of irritating, simply allowing her to be cheerful, positive and intuitive. She never slips over the line into teeth-aching cutesie-ness.

There is no need to read Kate's story in The Pirate before reading this book, but I would certainly recommend reading all three if you have the chance - they're charming and will make a nice addition to anyone's romance bookshelf.

Reviewed in December 2001 by Celia.

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