by Rosanne Bittner

August 1995
ISBN: 0-821-75064-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Kensington Publishing
Mass Market Paperback

Until Tomorrow takes place just after the civil war, in 1867, at a time when there are still strong feelings on the sides of the Union and Confederate supporters. We travel with Addy and Cole from a small town in Illinois to the "wild west" in a booming mining town in Colorado.

Widow Addy Kane wants to start over. She decides to withdraw her life savings and head west for a teaching job. Unfortunately, it's a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. 4 desperados hold up the bank and Addy is taken hostage. One of these men is Cole Parker, a man with a tragic past, who becomes her unlikely rescuer. They soon part ways - but not for the last time.

Addy then begins her adventurous journey west to a gold-mining town in Colorado. Who should show up whenever there is trouble to save the day? Cole Parker. He and Addy cannot deny their attraction to each other. However, Addy realizes that Cole is a drifter without the means to support a family and he is not ready to settle down any time soon so they part ways - again.

Eventually Addy and Cole both end up in Central, Colorado (I had a hard time believing that Addy and Cole would just run into each other so many times while traveling across the country). Once there, Addy prepares for her new position as the town's only female schoolteacher. The position comes with a list of instructions on what she can and cannot do, whom she may see, etc. which causes some problems if she wants to continue to cultivate a relationship with the drifter Cole. To further hinder their budding romance, Addy is pursued by the town's most wealthy citizen, who has the power to cost Addy her job.

Would Cole be able to forget his past and start over with Addy? Would Addy be able to make a decision between her career and Cole?

Until Tomorrow has plenty of adventure, some steamy sex scenes, a few villains and everything else you would think belongs in a "typical" romance. However, it did have plenty lacking in this reviewer's opinion. For instance, much of the dialog in the book seemed unnatural and contrived. Cole and Addy's very first conversation disclosed extremely personal, intimate details that virtual strangers would not talk about. Furthermore, Addy is supposed to be a strong, independent woman but cannot stand up for herself to others when they tell her how she is supposed to live her life even though it is keeping her from happiness. Her position as a schoolteacher seemed to mean more to her than Cole and in one instance she even wished he had died from a bullet wound so she wouldn't have to deal with the problems she faced.

I found Addy to be very annoying and immature at times. After they had sex, she agonized over whether or not Cole thought of her as a loose woman and if he loved her but then she would fall all over him again when the opportunity arose. Cole was a more likable character and you could really feel his pain because of the losses he had suffered.

In all, the storyline seemed mediocre and didn't hold my interest. I found myself struggling to finish it, which is always a bad sign.

Reviewed in July 2001 by Nicole.

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