by Donna Simpson

June 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7813-7
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Mass Market Paperback

Savina Roxeter would prefer to stay in Jamaica, which she has come to love as she has grown up there over the past decade. Unfortunately, her future is tied to the traditions of her English heritage and she must return to London to take her place as part of the ton and as a dutiful wife to Lord Gaston-Reade. Her only link to Jamaica will be her loyal maid, Zazu. Poor Zazu is shedding tears of her own since she must leave without her beloved, Nelson.

Fate has other plans for Savinia and her fellow voyagers on the ship back to England after a storm and enemy sailors leave them stranded on a beautiful, but deserted Caribbean island. With mere survival being the order of the day, Anthony Heywood, Lord Gaston-Reade's secretary, seems to be better able to handle difficulties than those of the peerage. The ordeal and hard work of the primitive island life brings out the best in some and the worst in others. Savina sees life from a different perspective and wonders if she can return to her former lifestyle, if they are ever rescued from the island.

The Caribbean setting lends a different twist and flavor to this delightful Regency romance. Savina grows as a heroine who is strong and intelligent and does not go blindly along with the socially accepted prejudices. The author fully fleshes out the all the characters in this compelling tale and is not afraid to show them in a realistic light. Anthony is the kind of hero we all need in our lives. He knows how to take charge and get things done, but he still has great compassion and concern for others.

Lady Savage is a purely delightful reading experience and makes the reader feel it is okay to be in touch with her wilder side if she is to live life to its fullest.

Reviewed in August 2005 by Roberta.

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