by Carolyn Jewel

February 2004
ISBN: 0-8439-5309-8
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Mass Market Paperback

Captain Sebastian Alexander never thought he would inherit the title. He enters the Navy with a happy heart, thrilled to be on the sea and commanding a boat. Now, heís back at Pennhyll, the family estate, trying to make sense of his brotherís murder. There are too many loose ends and unexplained events. To ease his heart and mind, he has to find the answers.

Olivia Willow is trying to be gracious and blend into the background at the house party the new earl is having. She had been there when his brother and sister-in-law were shot, but she canít remember anything. Olivia has returned to Pennhyll to find out what happened that fateful night.

Searching for the murderer brings these two opposites together. In each other, they find the other half of themselves. But will love and trust survive the treachery of murder?

Although the characters can get confusing at times, the story is an interesting mystery. The main characters are strong independent people who have learned to accept who they are. They have found their place in the world. The characters also manage to grow though, to become stronger because of each other. With a hint of the paranormal thrown in with the sighting of the castle ghost, The Spare is an entertaining read.

Reviewed in April 2004 by Jenni.

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