by Annette Blair

July 2002
ISBN: 0-8217-7383-6
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Mass Market Paperback

Sabrina is a penniless widow and is promised to the Duke Of Stanthorpe in marriage. A promise he gave to his dying friend, her brother-in-law, Hawksworth. What Hawksworth failed to mention was that his bride-to-be was an eight-month pregnant widow with four-year-old twin sons! The Duke is running scared but, as an honourable man, must keep his promise.

Sabrina is the most unlikely of heroines, but a truly delightful one. Gideon, the Duke Of Stanthorpe, is a fantastic hero with his smouldering good looks and a haughty air which hides a wonderful gentleness, to his new wife and ready-made family.

Sabrina has hidden secrets, which she would rather he didnít find out but he is determined to protect his new family from all harm. Her enemies mean to harm her.

The wonderful assortment of elderly characters Sabrina had befriended and given a home at Stanthorpe Place add rich colour to the story. The delightful twins, Damon and Rafe, would win over the hardest of hearts with their escapades and the pets they acquire including the wonderful puppy Drizzle and the unlikely named three-legged cat, Mincemeat!

There is a lot of fun in this story but also a good mystery that the reader gets caught up in. It's easy to feel the real fear of the family as the book builds to its exciting climax.

Annette Blair writes a very good story and has created some unforgettable characters in this excellent tale. I very much look forward to the next story in the Rogues series. I loved this book from beginning to end and highly recommend it as a great summer read.

Reviewed in August 2002 by Mary.

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