by Ana Leigh

August 2004 Reissue
ISBN: 0-505-52564-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Lovespell
Mass Market Paperback

Angel MacKenzie was away at art school, or so her family believed. Unbeknownst to them, she has joined up with what she was led to believe a respectable singing tour on a riverboat. After taking the job and leaving the boarding house she finds herself in a chorus line-up wearing skimpy, leave little to the imagination outfits. The man she thinks herself in love with, has tossed her away and abandoned her. Feeling discarded and facing a tough life, she is relieved when Peter shows up to rescue her.

Peter has spent most of his life in love with Angel. She has never given him an inclination that she might return the feelings. She views him as a big brother. Knowing his last chance to win her love is in saving her from destruction, he marries her.

Will this marriage of convenience become a marriage of love? This is an age old question many historical’s and a few contemporaries have set out to answer. That is what keeps this book from appearing on this reviewer’s keeper shelf. Not a major fan of this type of plot, this becomes a difficult book to review. However, I do think if an author can take a tried and true plot that has been done and redone and redone again and add something, a special spark that keeps you reading anyway, then it is a book worthy of your time. This book does that.

The characters are strong, mostly good but obviously fallible or Angel wouldn’t be in this position in the beginning of the story. And I must admit a very big partiality to the setting. Hearing about Laclede Landing and the St. Louis area, my own birthplace, just makes me feel at home with the story and will have me reading with an increased interest. I enjoyed the setting tremendously and will read future books by this author without a doubt!

Reviewed in January 2005 by Katy.

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