by Kristina Cook

May 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7779-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Derbyshire, England 1824

A spinster because she had no choice, that is how Jane Rosemoor lives her life. Knowing the consequences of what would happen were she to succumb to romance, marriage, and child-birth was the reason for her decision. In yielding to those things Jane would put herself at risk of the madness that afflicts the women in her family once they have babies. Jane has feared this ever since she was a girl and had to hide her own feelings of melancholy every time they appeared. Up until now Jane has been safe, but then she meets the handsome neighbor of her cousin Emily, the arrogant Earl of Westfield.

Hayden, the Earl of Westfield, is stunned by Jane Rosemoorís rare combination of beauty and intelligence. How is it that this captivating woman has managed to elude marriage up until now? Hayden does not want love, because those he has shown the emotion to have died nor does he want to go to London for the season and have to be a part of the nonsense of choosing a bride from among the tonís silly chits! However, he is in desperate need of a wife and sees his friend Emily Tollandís cousin as a sensible solution to his dilemma. Jane is everything that he would require in a wife and more. Thrown in is the added bonus of how Jane stirs his blood to passion! Therefore, why she has adamantly refused his offers of marriage is a mystery, but Hayden is determined to have her, one way or another!

Rarely is it that I read Regency novels, but Kristina Cook has made a Regency romance convert out of me! Unveiled is a wonderfully spun romantic tale that will touch your soul with its powerful message of love triumphs over all. Ms. Cook gives a very real portrayal of what it was like in the 19th century for the mentally ill without the benefits of what is available today and all we take for granted. Jane fears what might happen if she chances to have what she so desperately wants. Hayden also believes himself to be cursed and does not want to jeopardize Janeís welfare if he dares to love her. A sweet story with powerful issues, Unveiled, is a fabulous read!

Reviewed in June 2005 by Bonnie.

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