by Brenda Novak

October 2003
ISBN: 0-373-71158-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #1153
Mass Market Paperback

Hope Tanner faces the ghosts of her past, and returns to the town she grew up in to see her family. She wants to make sure that none of them are ready to accept help and try to make an escape from the lifestyle that has trapped them since birth. When her sister, Faith comes to her for help she is thrilled to be able to help her escape the town and heritage she has become accustomed to. Faith is nineteen years old and pregnant, and her husband begins stalking them trying to convince Faith to return home. Scared, and on the run the girls abandon Hopeís home and flee to the only sanctuary Hope knows, The Birth Place in Enchantment, New Mexico.

Parker Reynolds is stunned to see Hope return to Enchantment. Unsure of how to react, he tries to fight his attraction to her and shun her. When the threats from Faithís husband get out of hand he steps in to try and ward him off. In the process, he gets to know Hope and the woman she has become. But there are still secrets from the past that heís not ready to reveal her. What will happen to their relationship when Hope discovers the truth about all those years ago?

A fascinating look into polygamist communities, Sanctuary will have the reader spell bound from the beginning. This author shows you in depth encounters with some of the beliefs and lifestyles of the people that live like this. It leaves the reader room to question things and draw their own conclusions about some of the motivations behind such a lifestyle or group following. There is also a wonderful suspense element going on while Faithís husband is contacting the women. Throw in a little romance going on between Parker and Hope and itís a book that will capture not only your attention, but will steal a special place in your heart reserved for those wonderful stories that you canít just read and forget so easily.

The characters each have their own strengths and are drawn out so that you feel as if you can really understand them. Even the secondary characters take on a persona that the reader can actually visualize and in some cases, understand. This is part of the new Birthplace series put out by Harlequin. While not a big series romance reader, Sanctuary didnít strike this reviewer as the typical series type. It didnít skimp a bit on characterization or plot lines and while there is plenty of sensuality and romance in the pages, it didnít take over the entire story. I highly recommend picking up a copy of Sanctuary and when you're done, you might want to clear some space on those keeper shelves because you will soon have a new addition with this one!

Reviewed in October 2003 by Katy.

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