by Catherine Coulter

January 2000
ISBN: 0-515-12721-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

Catherine Coulter delivers yet another great tale of adventure and surprises. You'll get to revisit the Sherbrooke clan in all their glory, and watch as they try to help Helen find the elusive King Edward's Lamp.

Helen Mayberry is the owner and taskmaster of her own inn. Only about two inches shorter than most men, she's a big girl who has learned to take care of herself and her father, Lord Prith. Helen has been searching to something most of her life. No, it's not love or marriage or children. It's King Edward's Lamp. A mythical lamp that legend holds is a very powerful and worth unimaginable treasure. But, she needs someone to help her. Someone who will be her partner and not try to seduce her or make her his mistress. But where can she find such a person in the middle of nowhere?

Enter, Spenser Heatherington, Lord Beecham. A confirmed bachelor, womanizer and general rake about town, he is the perfect 'partner' for Helen's needs. But how to convince him to help her is the problem that Helen faces. So she peruses him and lets him think that she wants more than she's actually willing to give; and when the time was right, she literally throws him to the ground and sits on him. Of course, Spenser can't believe that Helen is actually sitting on him, but he succumbs to her will and agrees to help her find King Edward's Lamp, all the while scheming to change Helen's mind to want him as much as he wants her.

As the story unfolds, and Helen learns that she can't control Spenser any better than controlling their partnership in finding the lamp, she finds the true treasure is not the Lamp, but love. But they also have a big adventure and the help of the Sherbrooke clan, who enjoy sticking their noses and their two cents in, even when it's not welcome.

This is a fun story, full of twists and turns. Ms. Coulter will keep you guessing if they will ever find King Edward's Lamp or if it's just a bedtime story kind of legend. Helen and Spenser are a perfect match, not only in height, but also in stubbornness and courage.

I loved this book and I hope you will too.

Happy reading!

Reviewed in December 2001 by Debbie.

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