by Betina Krahn

March 1989 reissue
ISBN: 0-8217-7314-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Kensington Publishing
Mass Market Paperback

Having recently read and thoroughly enjoyed a novel by Betina Krahn, I was thrilled to see this book available recently. It wasnít until I brought it home that I noticed a mention on the flyleaf that this was originally published as Passionís Treasure. Now, not having read much of Betina Krahnís work before (and I have no idea why not), this is of no great matter to me Ė but if you are a fan of her novels, please be advised that this is, I guess, a reissue, albeit with a different title.

Whatever its name, it is a wonderful book!! It is the story of a young woman, Treasure Barrett, who is plucked from her simple Colonial village in 1700ís America, and thrust into marriage with a very upright and uptight Englishman, Sterling Renville, who tells himself sheís a liability, and canít keep his hands off her! Treasure is a ďThinkerĒ, today we would call her a genius, with an ability to absorb knowledge like a sponge, and this characteristic is what lifts this book from the usual romance into the realm of spellbinding storytelling. Not for Treasure the whining, saddened struggles of a transplanted Colonial, nor the uncomfortable embarrassment of sitting at an Earlís table. No sirree!! Treasure gives as good as she gets, and her adventures span an ocean, a political conflict and a manís heart.

Sterling Renville is a study in contrasts, unable to believe in simple straightforward love. His feelings for Treasure are a constant source of confusion to him, and when added to everything else thatís going wrong in his life Ė well, you can sense his absolute frustration. Leisurely in its telling, Just Say Yes moves from the simple village life in Culpepper, Maryland, to the salons of the Ton in London where Prime Minister Pitt and Dr. Benjamin Franklin are daily visitors. And Treasure is there, always learning, always thinking, and always loving her husband in spite of everything. Their romance is truly magnificent, and encompasses every emotion from rage to raging passion!

I was completely immersed in this book Ė and found myself relishing each and every chapter, absorbed most of all by Treasure, the violet-eyed prodigy whose capacity for brilliant thinking triumphs over adversity, and allows her deep and eternal love for her husband to prevail. Itís warm, wonderful and absolutely enthralling! Thanks, Ms. Krahn, for creating such wonderful characters in such a fascinating novel.

Reviewed in July 2002 by Celia.

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