by Jacquie D`Alessandro

September 2000
ISBN: 0-440-23551-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Dell Publishing
Mass Market Paperback

This is the first book I've ever read by Jacquie D'Alessandro, but it won't be the last. Whirlwind Wedding was an awesome book. The heroine was imperfectly perfect. Utterly charming. Elizabeth Matthews is a strong, determined woman who has a knack for getting what she wants. And in this case, what she wants is to help the ninth Duke of Bradford find the brother he believes is dead.

Austin, the Duke of Bradford, loves his family very much and is the perfect match for Elizabeth. He's a man who doesn't fight too hard against love but is understandably skeptical of Elizabeth's psychic gift. But when proof stares him in the face and stomps on his foot he's not so pigheaded he refuses to see it.

The emphasis on this story was well placed on the love of Elizabeth and Austin as well as that of various side characters. Unfortunately, because the focus was on the romantic aspects of the story other areas were weakened, particularly the plot's underlying 'suspense'. Austin's desire to find out more about his brother's "death" and Elizabeth's desire to help him realize his brother wasn't dead played a crucial role in helping bring Elizabeth and Austin together. This mutual reliance on each other helped keep them together long enough for them to recognize their love for each other. The villain who was trying to keep them from finding Austin's brother could have been more convincing in his role but he never really fleshed out. For the majority of the book he was this vague shadow figure causing the hero a few problems. It wasn't until the last few chapters where he made any kind of impact. Even then, he was severely overshadowed by the other events going on. I'd love to tell you what those events were but it gives away too much of the story.

All in all I'd recommend Whirlwind Wedding. With two strong leading characters and a few interesting if underdeveloped subplots it was in no way a hardship to read.

Reviewed in August 2001 by JaToya.

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