by Mary Blayney

September 2004
ISBN: 0-8217-7507-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lavinia Stewart is raising her niece and nephew. An encounter at the river brings to her attention that her neighbor is guardian or parent of a small boy that desperately needs tutoring. Being a woman of action she takes it upon herself to see to it that his guardian allows her to tutor him and supervise him while he is away on his ship.

Captain William Braedon Chartwell will never admit that he actually appreciates Lavinia’s forceful nature. He is finding himself more and more attracted to her as time goes by.

Much of the plot for this reader was hard to get into. The main facts are easy to recognize, however the talk of his ship was a bit confusing. Because of this fact, I found this a difficult book to read and wouldn’t recommend to anyone else.

The characters while at times bringing a chuckle never found a place in this reader's heart. The boys were two that did somehow make the novel somewhat enjoyable. As they in their antics, time and again prove their gender with the mischief they continually find themselves in.

There are constant things going on around the story, that are central yet due to how it was written I found myself missing some key elements as I trudged through this novel.

Reviewed in February 2005 by Katy.

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