by Susan Wiggs

August 2003
ISBN: 1-55166-710-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

This is the story of troubled doctor Blue Calhoun. He raises his 15-year son; alone, after Blue’s wife was shot dead ten years previously. When the unlikely named, Isabel Fish-Wooten arrives injured waving a gun at him, his doctoring takes over his personal feelings.

This is a very deep story. Blue has so many hang-ups from his past, that he can’t let go even though they affect his relationship with his son. Isabel is a young woman who passes herself of as a lady adventurer, but finds herself drawn into Blue’s household.

Susan Wiggs has created memorable characters in both Blue and Isabel. They are very complex and have many sides to them, which she has explored well. The reader gets into the minds of both characters, but especially Blues. He seems the more complex of the two and as the reader, I found myself really wanting him to unbend a little because he had such tight control over his feelings. Isabel is much more willing to explore her feelings and can relate to her attraction to Blue.

There is a strong plotline throughout the book. The mystery surrounding Isabel’s injury deepens into a murder investigation and a lot of cover-ups. The author handles the tale with skill of a well-established writer.

Secondary characters include the Calhoun family. There are quite a few members and all are interesting in there own right. I would have liked to know more about Belinda, Blue’s sister. I wonder if in time she will get her own story.

Because the story is so deep at times I felt I was getting slightly bogged down because it was a slow read, with such a lot of detail in it. That is why I am giving it 4 roses. I liked the story but felt maybe it could have been a little shorter.

Reviewed in July 2003 by Mary.

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