by Margaret St. George

June 2002
ISBN: 0-373-51194-9
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There are fixations and there are obsessions, and Elizabeth Rowley is probably closer to the latter than the former. An expert in the field of diving and salvage, Elizabeth loves all things historical, and none more so than the fascinating figure of Captain Robert Colter, a brave seafarer whose ship was lost in a fierce sea battle against a Spaniard in the 1700’s.

So imagine her surprise when, on the night of the annual Key West costume ball, she drags an unconscious man out of the water and finds herself face to face with one Captain Robert Colter.

Well – yes – it is kind of standard plot material – yearning woman’s call from the heart summons historical figure to the present. But what is interesting about this book is how the Captain is presented. Certainly he has trouble with the modern plumbing conveniences, lack of servants and women’s lib, but what stands out most is his obvious pain at being thrust so far away from all he holds dear! Usually, the hero falls for the heroine, dusts the past off his hands and embraces her and the microwave!!! Not here!

Ms. St. George gives us Robert Colter, suffering man – he’s homesick, emasculated by this time where the definition of a man is so different than it was two hundred years ago, and falling in desperate love with Elizabeth. She is also torn – she knows she’ll never have another passion like the one she shares with her Captain, yet what he asks of her goes against everything she believes in. She can’t explain to him why she doesn’t “belong” to him or make him understand that it is acceptable for a woman to live alone.

These two lovers fight with all the passion that they bring to bed with them – it’s a sparkling and vibrant affair! Hotter than the Key West sunshine, Robert and Elizabeth face a rough road, but one thing is always there helping them – their love for each other. This is a lovely romance with a delightful paranormal twist – sure it’s beyond belief, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to read!

Reviewed in July 2002 by Celia.

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