by Kate Rothwell

July 2004
ISBN: 0-821-77754-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Kate Rothwell takes us back to the fascinating time of Tammany Hall and the slums of New York. We are brought into the lives of Timona Calverson and Michael McCann as they search for Somebody Wonderful.

Timona Calverson has traveled the world taking care of her father. To keep herself occupied at her father’s digs, she takes photographs. While in New York, she ends up being kidnapped and taken to a bordello. She manages to get free only to be attacked by a gang of boys as she’s making her way out of the slums. Things have just gone from bad to worse when Mick McCann chases the boys off and takes her home.

McCann can’t believe it. Somehow, he’s found an angel in the midst of the poverty he has lived in since he came to America. He takes Timona to his apartment to help her heal. With a tender heart and a gentle touch, he steals her love. He manages to overlook his disdain of the rich and takes her into his life. Then real life begins to step in as Timona’s brother, Griffin and others from the Calverson Company show up. Mick can’t help but wonder if their love could survive the real world demands placed on Timona.

Ms. Rothwell’s debut is entertaining and enjoyable. Timona is a strong independent character who knows her mind from the first time she meets Mick. Mick is a touchingly gentle man who wants to help everyone. The story moves fairly quickly and keeps a steady pace. All of the secondary characters are interesting and as well developed as the main two. Araminta, the cook, and Griffin, Timona’s brother, are two who need their stories told as well. The villains are a little flat, but it doesn’t detract from the overall story.

Somebody Wonderful is a touching story about two people who find love in spite of wealth and social standing. Grab this book and keep an eye out for the follow-up story Somebody To Love coming in November.

Reviewed in July 2004 by Jenni.

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