by Elizabeth Thornton

January 2003 reissue
ISBN: 0-8217-7388-7
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Mass Market Paperback

A wonderful novel for those who like to lose themselves in a wide-ranging sprawling love story that spans oceans and continents, Velvet is the Night travels from revolutionary France to the New World of New York and the Hudson Valley, and seldom misses a beat.

While some stories attempt to capture the feelings of a certain time, they often lose track of the characters in the process. However, Elizabeth Thornton remains fixed on Claire Deveraux and Adam Dillon. Brought together by a daring masquerade in Rouen, at the height of the ďTerrorĒ, Claire Deveraux is forced into a terrible bargain in an attempt to save her family from Madame La Guillotine. Adam Dillon has been persuaded to take part in a risky bit of political intrigue that will save lives, but force him to replace his half-brother, Phillipe Duhet, as the sadistic Commissioner of Rouen for a few weeks. Thus Adam and Claire meet Ė in Adamís bed.

From that point on, the relationship between Adam and Claire is as passionate and stormy as any romance lover could wish. But times conspire to separate the lovers, and events convince them that each has lost the otherís affection.

Divided into two parts, the first in the old world of France and its troubles, the second part of this book takes us, and Claire, to the New World - Adamís world of New York. Needless to say their reunion strikes sparks, but more troubles await these two. Sometimes it seems like lovers never get a break in romances. Sigh. However, by dint of intelligence, love and some crafty political maneuverings, all ends happily for Adam and Claire, and for the reader who has enjoyed their adventures.

Itís a long book, detailed, and involved. But it is a lovely read featuring two charming characters, and also permits an interesting glimpse into a bygone time where terror and challenges walked hand in hand. For historical fans, itís a must read. But make sure you have set aside plenty of time, because itís hard to put down.

Reviewed in February 2003 by Celia.

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