by Katherine Sutcliffe

January 2004
ISBN: 0-7434-1198-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Pocket Books
Mass Market Paperback

Trey Hawthorne, the Duke of Salterdon has one mission in life to make his grandmother, the Dowager, pay for her sins. Having lost the women he loves to her meddling, Trey has become a rogue and caused one scandal after another all to ease the pain he feels at his love’s betrayal. However, on the day he is to wed another woman, Trey discovers that Maria did not leave him but was locked up in an insane asylum instead. Trey is determined to right all the wrongs he has done Maria and rushes off to save her. Upon his arrival Trey finds a broken and lost woman instead of proud and caring women he remembers. Taking her home, Trey is determined to bring her back to life. Maria Ashton had been deeply in love with the Duke of Salterdon when his grandmother forced her into the hellish asylum and took the one thing that mattered most to her, their child. Maria has no reason to trust Trey whom she believes is responsible for her predicament. However, as Maria begins to heal and Trey starts to find his compassion once again, forces are at work trying to tear them apart again. Together Trey and Maria must learn to trust each other before it is too late.

Katherine Sutcliffe’s newest novel Obsession tells the story of a man forced to give up the women he loved and lengths he would go to get her back. Maria is a lost soul who has been taken advantage of by almost everyone around her. Her character’s ability to rise above it all is remarkable and inspiring. The love that blooms between Trey and Maria is a healing love that deeply touches the reader and transforms both characters into different people. The dowager duchess makes a perfect enemy throughout the novel, although the reader does come to understand her motives if not her methods by the end of the book. The theme of renewal and rebirth is interwoven throughout the story line as both Trey and Maria learn to live again and to love again. The secondary characters are wonderfully written and provide a sense of balance for the reader, as emotions often run high in this novel. This is sweet love story that will touch the heart to anyone who reads it and makes a wonderful afternoon read.

Reviewed in December 2003 by Jen.

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