by Meredith Bond

June 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7821-8
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Mass Market Paperback

Love of My Life is about one of the Merry Men Quartet. This is Julianís story. I will tell you that the stories are printed out of order. So you might know that some of them are married before we read their story. But that does not deter from how the couple came to be a couple and married.

We already know a little about Julian from the prior stories. But we didnít know a lot about him. Julian lives and works in Calcutta. He is not treated well by the Indians or the English as his father is English and his mother is Indian. This leaves him stranded in neither society. He wants to be accepted by the English and the one that shuns him the most is Mrs. Renwick, his boss' wife.

Cassandra was in London for her season but she overhead a disturbing conversation that left her running to India to be with her family. It seems she can not get away from the balls, parties and society in general when all she wants to do is just hide for a little while. Her mother will not allow it. But she does attend these functions and meets Julian.

Cassandra is adventurous, outgoing, and stubborn. But she also is caring and canít seem to let anyone get hurt, even if it means she might get hurt. Now Julian, seems to be the silent type taking it all in, his surrounds and just watching and waiting for his moment. He is also adventurous and daring. They would both have to be to take the risk they do.

Love Of My Life is a wonderful story full of rich history. Ms. Bond is able to paint pictures of Calcutta and letting us be there beside Cassandra and Julian as they see the sights, sounds and even the smells. It is nice to see all the familiar faces of Merry, and Fungy. This is the third book printed in the Merry Men Quartet and I canít wait to see what happens to Fungy. For those that would like to read them in chronological order and not the way they are printed is: Love of My Life, Wooing Miss Whately, Miss Seton's Sonata and then Fungy story in Dame Fortune.

Reviewed in May 2005 by Pam.

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