by Donna Simpson

May 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7395-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lady Rachel Neville is a ton favorite. Envied for her beauty as well as for her totally proper betrothed. But, Rachel isnít happy and she canít quite figure out why. Maybe itís because her fiancť is a little too proper and very stuffy. She never felt that way with her childhood friend and neighbor Colin Varens. Except for the fact that Colin was extremely homely and constantly asking her to marry him, he wasnít such a bad sort. What really makes her upset is that lately, she has been thinking a lot about Colin. Though she had rejected him numerous times, Colin still wants to remain friends. But can she do that?

Colin Varens has always loved Rachel Neville. He canít remember a time in his life when he didn't. When he comes to London he approaches her to become friends once more and to let bygones be bygones. He and Rachel spend time together as friends and find her once-haughty manner thawing into the warm and exciting woman he once knew. Surely he can be satisfied with nothing more than the platonic friendship they have now, or can he?

Ms. Simpson brings us a wonderful, sweet story of childhood friends with a past of one sided love. Colin and Rachel are very likable characters. Ms. Simpson leaves nothing to the readers imagination and very skillfully explains about their past. Neither is very strong willed, but compliment each other well. Colin may not be the most delicious apple in the barrel, but he is very sweet on the inside and when Rachel finally discovers this, she falls head over heels in love and wonders why she didnít see him for what he really was; a kind and deserving man who truly loves her.

This is my first Donna Simpson book and I have to say that I enjoyed it very much. Let me know what you think.

Happy reading!

Reviewed in August 2003 by Debbie.

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