The pleasure that I felt when receiving Cherished by Elizabeth Thornton for review was diminshed by a publishing sleight-of-hand. While reading this entertaining historical, my alarm bells were going off, telling me that I had read it before. It turns out that my instincts were correct.
Cherished is a reissue of a 1993 novel. It is a different publisher than Ms. Thornton's original work, however, and they did not see fit to let us in on the "secret." That is one thing that makes readers see red.
The novel itself is an engaging look at miscommunication and the power of true love. Emily Brockton stood on the sidelines, watching her sister Sara fawn all over that odious French refugee, Leon Devereaux, while he did nothing but make Emily's life miserable. No one was more relieved when he emigrated to America to seek his fortune.
Leon survived the French Revolution by using his wits, and he would need all of them to convince Emily that she was the woman he was waiting for. The boyhood pranks and teasing were just a ruse to hide the fact that he was waiting for the lovely lass to grow up so that he could claim her as his own.
The novel has strong characters, and interesting side plots involving Sara and some danger from Leon's past. It is a well-written book and readers will enjoy it.