by Janice Sims

July 2002
ISBN: 1-583-14243-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Arabesque Books
Mass Market Paperback

Janice Sims newest novel For Your Love is wonderful story which takes place in the heart of Africa. It is filled with delightful characters, a plot that is full of twist and turns, and tons of African culture. If you are attracted to romances filled with passion and excitement than this book is a perfect choice to curl up with for an afternoon.

Dr. Solange DuPree is a successful archaeologist who has come to Ethiopia to help friends rescue their missing daughter. While in Africa, she meets Rupert Giles, an ex-spy and insurance investigator. The two are immediately attracted to each other. After the rescue is successfully completed; Rupert invites Solange to accompany him on a tour of Ethiopia. After much debate, Solange agrees and the two begin the adventure of a lifetime! Along the way, they are joined by a guide who is also a pick pocket, and provides a glimpse of the life of a poor child in Ethiopia for the reader. Together the three of them begin to explore this glorious African country.

However, all is not well between Solange and Rupert. As they fall deeper in love with each other, the secret each one has been keeping begins to come between them. These secrets become the center of the story and continue to plague Solange and Rupert until the very end of the book. Additionally, Solange is being watched by Theophilus Gault, a millionaire who wants Solange to find the Arc of Covenant which is rumored to be buried in Ethiopia. Gault, who is desperate, continually sends his butler to entice Solange to help him. When all else fails Solange and her guide are kidnapped by Gault, just as Solange is preparing to leave Rupert for good. Rupert is hurt by Solange’s decision to leave him but determined to find her and discover the truth about their relationship. Once Rupert discovers Solange has been kidnapped, nothing will stop him from finding her. However, Rupert is in for the surprise of his life when he discovers not only where Solange is but also discovers his own past. Solange must come to terms with her secret and her family’s past in order to have a future with Rupert.

This book captured my attention and did not let go until the very end; just as I thought I had the storyline figured out, the novel made an unexpected twist or turn. This story provides the reader with not only a wonderful romance but also a incredible learning experience. Sims masterfully weaves African culture, history, and legend throughout the story, which I found to be enchanting aspect of the romance and something not often seen today in the genre. I found the character of Rupert to be the most fascinating, as he was not portrayed as the typical hero but was plagued with emotions and secrets. I found this to be a refreshing change from the typical romantic hero. The author successfully used words to paint the African views for the reader and I felt that I had stepped into the story alongside the characters. This book was like a pint of chocolate ice cream – sinfully delicious to the last spoonful. Enjoy!

Reviewed in August 2002 by Jen.

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