by Katherine Sutcliffe

January 2003
ISBN: 1894942221
Reviewer Graphic Button Zumaya Publications
Trade Paperback

Set in New Zealand, 1861 era, DREAM FEVER is the classical “mail-bride” story but author Katherine Sutcliffe has added her own special touch to make this a better-than-the average concept of the well used plot. Her characters are strong, real-life, with the hero an alpha male and the heroine feisty.

Nicholas Sabre has been banished to New Zealand after killing a friend in a dual. He becomes a lonely sheep farmer and eventually turns to drinking as a means of escape. The last thing on his mind is acquiring a wife --- especially by proxy!

Summer O’Neile isn’t looking for a husband either, but when unfortunate events drastically changes her life she finds herself signing a proxy marriage contract, taking on a new identity, and sailing for New Zealand.

Summer falls for her new husband, but Nicholas is dead set on resisting her charms and her proclaimed love. The sexual tension builds between them as the story progresses, and readers are not left unsatisfied with the eventual culmination of their passion.

A character-driven story, DREAM FEVER is a good read for an afternoon. The story never slows so a reader is tempted to keep turning pages until the end, cheering on Summer’s feisty determination, and feeling for Nicholas’s emotional scars that keep him from accepting true love. A happily-ever-after ending does not disappoint lovers of Ms. Sutcliffe’s books.

Reviewed in March 2003 by Kari.

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