by Deborah Johns, Linda Madl, Patricia Waddell

April 2002
ISBN: 0-8217-7260-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

The first story is The Knight de la Marche by Deborah Johns. This story really did not appeal to me from the beginning. A young woman sets off by herself dressed as a peasant. But Ginevra Venier is, in fact, from a very wealthy Italian family - and, oddly enough, no one tried to stop or come after her in some fashion. Gatien, Knight de la Marche, did not want her for a wife, but soon she grows on him and honors a promise he made to her. On the night before the wedding, she calls the wedding off because Gatien doesn’t love her and tells him so, and then she starts to leave. The ghost of the little quaint village visits them both where they are staying. The ghost is a Templar Knight and he is granting wishes. Ginevra’s wish had been granted when she wished Gatien would find a woman he could love.

Bridal Cup by Linda Madl is absolutely wonderful. It is of two Scotland clans that have been feuding for centuries. Leonora Camville learned she is the Maid of the Camville Clan upon the deathbed of her Uncle Grant. She made a promise to him that she would return the bridal cup that was stolen from the MacDonnarts centuries before. So she travels from Boston to Scotland to return the cup to the Chief of the MacDonnarts. Ross MacDonnart is relentless to have Leonora stay until after his wedding which is a week away and to present the Bridal Cup at the rehearsal dinner. From the first meeting, Leonora and Ross were very much attracted to each other. Ms. Madl gives us a story of love that seems impossible to overcome. From a groom to be married to another, to taking Leonora off to explore Scotland and give her some of her heritage and a deception that they both must overcome.

Promises to Keep by Patricia Waddell is marvelous. Jolene Chapman sets off for Texas to marry her best friend that she has known since she was young. Once she reaches Texas though, Russell, her fiancé, is not waiting for her but his partner Luke Maddock. Luke has to tell Jolene that Russell is dead and she now owns the ranch. From the moment Jolene steps off the stage, Jolene and Luke are attracted to each other. There is much anguish and misunderstanding between Jolene and Luke, not to mention the sexual awareness when they are in the same room together. Plus the troubles they are having with the men from their neighbors ranch. All the trouble, tension, anguish and misunderstanding comes to a head and leaves Jolene and Luke to deal with it in the best way they know how. And deal with it they did! Ms. Waddell wove a tale of sadness, sorrow, hurt and love found to heal.

The three stories in the book were good, it started off slowly, and then I absolutely loved the second story and the last story was fabulous. The stories have two of my favorite heroes to read about - a Scotsman and a cowboy. You will not be disappointed with this book.

Reviewed in August 2002 by Pam.