by Nita Abrams

May 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7561-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Ms. Abrams takes us to 1813 London, when Napoleon is retreating under the British advance.

Trained in military intelligence, James Meyer should avoid any plots that eventually result in his capture. But, getting captured is just what he does, by the French. They tortured him and left him not only emotionally scarred, but physically too. An injury that he hopes no one will ever see. Upon his return he agrees to go through with an arranged marriage with Eloise Bernal, the sheltered daughter of a Jewish couple.

Eloise is shocked at Jamesí behavior towards her. He is assuming that she is with child. After all, who in their right mind would marry someone they donít know and someone that is crippled. Though she needs his protection and name to visit her ailing grandmother in France, she intends to absolve the marriage upon their return. The only thing that might get in the way of an annulment is her falling in love with James and making love to him.

For those readers who read my reviews, you know that I donít give low ratings lightly, but I just had to do so in this case. The story line is very weak and the hero and heroine leave much to be desired. James is a wimp and canít stand up for himself, in a literal sense. Eloise is a featherbrain who couldnít do anything for herself if you gave her handwritten instructions.

I am very sorry to say this, but this book is rummage sale bound.

Reviewed in October 2003 by Debbie.

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