by Laura Kinsale

April 2006 Reissue
ISBN: 0-425-20979-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Trade Paperback

Folie Hamilton had written to her husbandís cousin for years as a way to pass the time. In her mind he was a solider with hero qualities by his letters, he could do anything. She and her daughter are about to meet him. They are on their way to his home in London, he has become their guardian after Folieís husband dies. What she discovers is a man whose mind is overwrought with madness.

Folie is in total shock, she can not believe the man standing before her is the same man who wrote about dragons, castles, beautiful tales in his travels. She needs to find out what happened to him and make every effort to help him come back and be once again the man she knew on paper.

Folie and Robert only know each other by what the other wrote in letters. When they discover the other is not what they thought, they will need to get to know each other all over again. But with the state Robertís mind is in, that may be an impossible task. Robert will have to come to terms to what has become of himself and he will have to allow Folie to be his anchor.

Released in trade paperback, this classic is as fresh now as when it was originally published. I related more to Folie, than anyone else in the book. She is a strong, caring woman, she wants to help her friend, even when he seems beyond help.

Reviewed in January 2007 by Pat.

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