by Diana Palmer

ISBN: 1-55166-617-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

While vacationing with a friend, sheltered small-town girl Gretchen Brannon is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. When an emergency calls her friend back home to Texas, Gretchen is left to explore the fascinating city of Morocco on her own before reporting for her new job in the nearby land of Qawi. A handsome sophisticated stranger befriends her and volunteers to guide the captivating young woman around the beautiful city.

Intrigue surrounds Sheikh Philippe Sabon. He is a man of hidden depths and strengths but he hides a secret pain behind his public face. In public Philippe presents the picture of an urbane sophisticated man, but there is a burning passion deep in his eyes that suggest that there may be more to this man than meets the eye.

In the shadow of an old enemy’s vengeful gaze romance blossoms between these unlikely lovers. However, a tragic past makes Philippe reluctant to bare his vulnerable heart to Gretchen even she is quickly becoming more and more important to him. Gretchen makes him feel whole again. Can he trust the love he sees shining from her eyes to endure? Will she be able to accept the man he really is?

Ms. Palmer is famous for her emotional and sensual stories filled with memorable characters in rural settings. Long-time fans of her work will have a wonderful time catching up with several characters from her previous books. I had a fabulous time reading this book and I hope you will too. The dialogue is intelligent and enjoyable. While the overall story is sweetly romantic, ala Cinderella, it is also very arousing; just the way a romance should be. Enjoy!

Reviewed in September 2003 by Cynthia.

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