by Alexandra Bassett

July 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7786-6
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Mass Market Paperback

Nathan Cantrell has returned from war a hero and flat broke. After inheriting his father’s estate and along with it, its debt, he turns to the only man who could possibly help him, Sir Harlan, who just happens to own the mortgage on the estate. Nathan has a grand plan for the estate and if Sir Harlan will agree to it, Nathan should be able to pay back his father’s debt and make his family home once again a place to be proud of. Unfortunately, Sit Harlan has other plans for Nathan. If Nathan marries one of his three daughters, within a certain time-frame, then Sir Harlan will forgive any and all debts as well as settle a handsome settlement on his chosen daughter and they will want for nothing for the rest of their lives.

Now here is Nathan’s problem…of the three, the oldest is a widowed shrew; who he wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole and the youngest is recently out of the schoolroom and is notorious for flirting with any man, no matter what age and has been caught with a certain ‘someone’, and caused a slight scandal in their small village. Now the middle sister, Abigail; now there is someone he could certainly spend some time with, not to mention the rest of his life…if only he can convince her of that before the time limit is up, that’s going to be a problem.

This is a wonderful story. It’s almost like a Cinderella story, revamped! Take three sisters and the handsome stranger. He has to pick one of the father will call in the mortgage and take away his home. Ms. Bassett makes up such colorful and fun characters; you instantly fall in love with each one. Abigail is the most sensible of the three sisters and you’ll just fall in love with Nathan and his determination to convince Abigail that his feeling are true and he loves her not just for his home, but for her.

I loved this story, it was one the best that I’ve read this summer…and believe me, I’ve read a lot of books! Happy reading!

Reviewed in August 2005 by Debbie.

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