by Janet Chapman

July 2006
ISBN: 1-4165-0527-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Pocket Books
Mass Market Paperback

Sara Banks had been in a loveless marriage for years, and planned never to find herself in that position again. Now widowed, she works as a housekeeper for the Knight family. She loves working for the elder Knight and his sons, but she’s especially fond of his two grandchildren. When they get word Alex, the children’s father, has been killed, Grady talks Sarah into marrying Alex by proxy, and adopting the children. His only thought is to protect the children from their maternal grandparents, who would try and take them away. Sara is more than happy with the arrangement until Alex shows up at the front door – very much alive.

Alex is taken by surprise when he arrives home after almost losing his life to find out he’s married. Having been married to a money hungry wife once before, he automatically assumes Sara has some type of agenda. He kicks her out of the house in the middle of the night, and not realizing she doesn’t know how to drive, Sara begins the long walk to town in the freezing temperatures.

When Grady arrives home the next morning and discovers what Alex has done, he sends him after Sara. Sara grudgingly agrees to come back home with Alex, but she plans to have a talk with Grady as soon as possible. Though not comfortable around each other, Alex and Sara slowly begin learning about the other. When Alex offers to give her a driving lesson he has no idea what’s in store for him. The other Knight men are very aware of her lack of driving abilities and sit back to enjoy the show.

While there is a secondary story involving some pretty bad men in the area, for the most part, the entire book deals with Sara and Alex. The author thoroughly reveals their fears and their feelings for each other and Alex’s desire to make her his wife in more than just name only. Those fans who’ve read her Puffin Harbor series will be entertained by the cleverly infused mention of its characters.

I enjoyed this book from the very beginning and never tire of this author’s talent at bringing to life such incredible characters. I’m very much looking forward to the next book in this Knight Loggers series.

Reviewed in July 2006 by Jackie.

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