by Patricia Waddell

June 2002
ISBN: 0-8217-7324-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

A Stylish Wedding is not what I thought. I thought a stylish wedding was a wedding of grandeur and opulence. Well, boy, I was wrong in my assumption! I don't know what I was thinking, it is a historical book and I should have known better. A stylish wedding is where the wife is a decoration for her husband and doesn’t do or say anything without his permission. And Regina refused to have that type of wedding or marriage. In fact she did not want to married at all, she was perfectly happy with her life. She owned a boarding house and was helping with the suffrage movement in the town.

In walks - or rather knocks, Jonathan Belmont Parker, the towns’ newest resident and owner of the mill. He has decided to marry, and guess who he selects after much investigation? You guessed it, one Ms. Regina Van Buren who just happens to be his neighbor and who lives straight across from him. He thought they would get along well together, and from the first meeting sexual awareness was there for both of them.

Besides suffrage being a passion for Regina, her other passion is astronomy, she loved looking at the stars and dreaming of what it would be like. That telescope let her fantasize about more than just the stars and led her into trouble.

A part from Jonathan exploring and bringing to life Regina’s sexual awareness, the sexual awareness and tension between Regina and Jonathan; they have a mystery to solve. Someone is killing members of the suffrage group, and with Regina being the head of the group Jonathan knew she would be next.

Ms. Waddell brings us a romance that has a mystery as well as sexual tension and awareness. A 'who done it' that will leave you amazed once the murderer is revealed. The main characters are a treasure to see how they react to one another as more about their personality and secrets are discovered. The secondary characters are well suited to the main characters and show us that they are real with all the hurts and feelings involved in the mystery, and the love that seems to be blooming amongst the main and some of the secondary characters.

Reviewed in September 2002 by Pam.

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