by Amanda McCabe

May 2005
ISBN: 0-451-21503-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Everyone that Katerina has ever held dear has perished in a tempest off the coast of Italy. Without a penny to her name, Katerina knows that she must travel far to forge a new life for herself. No one would ever accept her if the learned that her mother was Lucrezia Bruni, the infamous courtesan breeding young Katerina to fill her shoes.

Still mourning his late wife, Michael Lindley knows that life must go on and that his little sister and daughter need a woman’s nurturing. When a dark-eyed beauty arrives on his doorstep claiming to be a widowed governess, Michael feels a need rekindle in him that he had thought to be snuffed out long ago. And in Katerina, who thought her ability to love had gone down with the ship, there arises a yearning that only Michael can subdue.

A wonderful story by Amanda MaCabe, although I found myself trying very hard to keep interested in the story. Not reading a smooth as I am used to, I had trouble finishing the book. Her story line is not a very original one, although throwing in that her mother was a courtesan and that Katerina was raised for the sole purpose as to become one too, that was a new twist. The secondary characters were charming and added to the storyline itself, but I was disappointed in the main characters.

Although I would welcome reading another book by Ms. McCabe, I have to honestly say that I did not enjoy this one as much as I would have liked.

Reviewed in October 2005 by Debbie.

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