by Shirlee Busbee

December 2001
ISBN: 0-446-60925-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

Thea Garrett learned the hard way that many men cannot be trusted. She was deeply wounded and socially ruined when she was just 17 years old by a worthless rake. Now at age 27, Thea has accepted the fact that she will live out her days as a social outcast and never marry - not that she would want to spend the rest of her life with a man anyway!

Marriage has never held much appeal to Patrick Blackburne either. With his parents' hate-filled, warlike marriage as an example, Patrick has vowed never to fall into that trap. However, he and Thea both fall into a dangerous trap of blackmail and murder with only each other to trust - or can they?

Swear By The Moon is action-packed and full of excitement and adventure! Although the villain was easily recognizable early on in the story, there were enough twists and turns throughout the novel to keep the reader surprised. Each chapter ended leaving the reader hanging, making Swear By The Moon very difficult to put down.

Thea and Patrick were very likeable, realistic characters that seemed to be a perfect match for each other. The secondary characters, namely Thea's cousin and companion, Modesty, and Patrick's mother, Alice, added spice and hilarity to the plot by playing matchmakers.

If I had any complaints regarding Swear By The Moon, it would be that I wasn't entirely convinced of Thea's motivation behind becoming involved in solving the mystery of who the blackmailer/murder is. Despite merely her having inclination towards adventure, which is a rather weak justification, there isn't any plausible explanation. Regardless, I found Swear By The Moon to be a fun, enjoyable read for any fan of Shirlee Busbee.

Reviewed in December 2001 by Nicole.

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