by Edith Layton

April 2005
ISBN: 0-06-056712-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Edith Layton has created another masterpiece of love and romance. Alas, My Love introduces readers to a wonderful new hero, which you may have already met, in her previous novel, The Return of the Earl. Amayas St. Ives was adopted into high society when he helped to save the son of an earl. Now having gained entrance into high society, Amayas wants to find a wife that will secure his position in society. However, life has different plans for him.

Enter, Amber a women who enchants Amayas but who is not high born and has never been interested in entering the world of the ton. Amber is the adopted daughter of a seaman. She was found on the beach after a terrible storm, the only survivor of a shipwreck. Amayas has come to Cornwall to see if he can find his family who abandoned him at birth. However, what he finds is a love he never imagined with a woman who captivates him and his every thought.

Unfortunately for Amber and Amayas, the road to love becomes a bit bumpy when Amberís missing family comes to claim her and takes her to France. Once there Amber realizes that her family is holding her hostage so she will marry a man of their choice. Soon Amber acknowledges that Amayas is her only hope for survival in this new family. Together, Amber and Amayas must face a world that has risen up against them and triumph in order to survive.

Alas, My Love is a wonderful touching novel that tells the story of two star crossed lovers who must rail against fate. The characters are wonderful; Amayas is strong yet has hidden weaknesses that make him irresistible to both Amber and the reader. Amber is a strong woman that knows her own mind and I identified with her throughout much of the book. The plot is exciting and moves quickly catching and keeping the readers interest until the story ends. What I enjoyed most about this story was that Amber and Amayas are two lonely people who are trying to find out who they are and create a family and life of their own. This aspect really creates a sense of conflict in the book that has the reader rooting for them both. This is a wonderful, touching story that will warm the heart.

Reviewed in March 2005 by Jen.

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