by Shannon Drake

February 2004
ISBN: 0-8217-7547-2
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Mass Market Paperback

When her twin brother gets into debt, the widowed Lady Maggie Graham is asked to make the ultimate sacrifice - marriage to a wealthy older nobleman willing to pay the debts. Since she vowed never to remarry after losing her beloved husband, Maggie is reluctant, but willing to meet the gentleman. When she discovers that it is the powerful Viscount Langdon, she is somewhat relieved. He is a kind man, and she remembers him fondly from her debut season. He appears quite eager to wed, hoping for a feminine influence for his teenage daughter, and enamored of Maggie’s mature beauty. Maggie agrees to the marriage, even though she feels strong opposition from Lord Jamie Langdon, his nephew and heir.

Fraught with misconceptions and miscommunication, When We Touch is a story filled with drama. Is Maggie a heartless gold-digger who only marries the elderly viscount for his money, or is she just a victim of circumstance? Jamie’s desire to protect his uncle and young cousin gets caught up with his desire for the attractive widow, putting him at cross-purposes.

While there were interesting parts of this story, the whole of the book did not appeal to me. There was a subplot about exposing mesmerists that I found distracting, and when the epilogue appeared written in first person for no apparent reason, I was glad the book was over. It has been a long time since I read a Shannon Drake historical. If this book is any example of the recent ones, I think I will leave them to other, more appreciative readers.

Reviewed in February 2004 by Paula.

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