by Cindy Harris

April 2002
ISBN: 0-8217-7072-1
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Mass Market Paperback

Lover’s Knot is the fourth in the “Dublin Dreams” series, and apparently wraps up some of the preceding stories. Four women have been given homes in Fountjoy Square, and although they believe that they are aware of the name of their benefactors, it’s not until this volume that the truth is revealed.

Devon Avondale is the handsome widower who has become so essential to the well-being of the residents of Fountjoy Square. He has watched as Rose, Dolly and Millicent found happiness with new husbands, and has remained a close and dear friend to Lady Claire Killgarren. But he knows, deep inside, that he wants more than friendship. Claire, on the other hand, is loud in her sentiments about staying single and content for the rest of her life. Devon’s change of feelings is quite unwelcome. Or so she says!

There is a lot going on in this book, and because it is the fourth in a series, it’s probably wise to go back to the beginning and discover these people at the start of their adventures. However, suffice it to say that this is an engrossing story of two would-be lovers, and the issues that stand between them and happiness. Devon is really wonderful hero material. He’s considerate, kind hearted, good looking, and so what if he’s just a little over-the-top when it comes to the subject of his sainted late wife!! For a guy like that, a girl should be able to adjust!!

But Claire is a really long way away from adjusting to anything. Her issues are deep and intense (family dysfunctions and all!!!) and she has to face her own mortality in order to get her thoughts untangled. I understood her, but can’t say I sympathized with her very much – she was such a conflicted Victorian woman! There were several places where I think a well-placed boot up the bustle might have helped matters along.

However, there’s a kind of seductive appeal to this book – almost a voyeuristic lure, as we watch Claire’s hesitant progress towards sensuality, and eavesdrop on Avondale’s thoughts. I’m not sure if I really liked it, but I do know I couldn’t put it down!!

Reviewed in July 2002 by Celia.

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