by Pam Rosenthal

September 2006
ISBN: 0-451-21947-3
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Born to feuding Derbyshire families, Mary Penley and Kit Stansell, young, high spirited and desperately in love, married against the wishes of their families. Unfortunately, neither their passion nor their marriage could survive their independent natures and hot tempers. Nearly a decade later Kit has a flourishing career in the military and high hopes for a post in the government and Mary leads a life of intellectual stimulation among the society of poets, painters, and social reformers.

No two people could be further apart yet still so deeply in love than Kit and Mary. When an ‘accidental’ meeting puts the two of them together again passion and tempers flow unchecked making their separation. It would take the ending of the world for Kit and Mary to resolve their differences. When Kit comes across evidence of a plot against the English government, he enlists Mary’s aid in uncovering the traitors. Surrounded by danger and betrayal is hardly the best place to rediscover your first and only love but Kit and Mary are not conventional lovers.

The Slightest Provocation is evocation, opulent historical romance at its finest. Beautifully detailed, and richly depicted this novel will captivate you. Its Romeo and Juliet similarities will not be lost on anyone but that is what makes it so fascinating. It is as if someone asked that question ‘what if Romeo and his Juliet lived, married and discovered that there was much more to love than just passion?’ How can you not be intrigued enough to find the answer to the question?


Reviewed in August 2006 by Cynthia.

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