by Cynthia Pratt

October 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7489-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

First off let me say, the back cover is incorrect in the name of the hero in this book, which; from the beginning, had me not interested in the story. Here I am, reading along and expecting a hero named Nathaniel LaPlante, only to be confronted with a hero named Phillip LaPlante, which is not even close to Nathaniel. That being said, on with the review…

Camilla Twainsbury has always been strict about following the rules of society. When she is sent to stay with her mother’s old nurse, she is excited about the adventure of a new place and new people. That is until she reaches her destination and discovers havoc at the old nurse’s home and is forced to acquire the aid of their nearest neighbor.

Phillip LaPlante, newly coming into his title, arrives home only to find a woman half frozen and covered with snow in his driveway. After taking her into his home and thawing her out, Camilla explains why she has come. Of course, being the gentleman that he is, Phillip insists that Camilla and the old nurse stay with him and his sister-in-law until things can be brought to right.

This story is very sweet, but that’s about as far as it goes. There’s tension, but not of a sexual nature…more of a predatory nature and that is coming from the sister-in-law. Camilla comes off as being a bit naive and Phillip, a man not sure of his own worth. If the author would like to do a follow-up story, Phillip’s young nieces would provide some great story fodder. But that’s just my opinion.

Reviewed in February 2004 by Debbie.

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