by Alice Duncan

May 2002
ISBN: 0-821-77277-5
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Mass Market Paperback

Belle Monroe sets out to make a living for herself and to help support her family in Georgia. Belle takes a job as a nanny to two children in New York, which upsets her parents because she is leaving and earning a living. Belle Monroe is a very beautiful southern lady from Georgia. Belle sends almost all of her earnings to her parents to help them out.

Winslow, Win for short, Ashner is the photographer at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. He sees a very beautiful lady walking with two young children. He thinks the children are Belle’s and he wants to take their photos. Of course he also wants to take photos of Belle alone but it goes against everything she believes in. But she does decide to do it, because her employees wish for her to have the photos taken.

Belle has been warned about the Yankee men and Win is a Yankee (and a man!) which does not sit well with her. They argue all the time over everything. They dislike one another but that dislike slowly turns into attraction then love. But will they admit they’re in love with each other?

Just North of Bliss is a fast paced read with many quirks. Not just quirks, either, but also growth as Belle’s character changes as the story progresses. The scenes from the photography booth to the different booths along midway at the World’s Fair make us feel like we are right there with them. The secondary characters play a role in the story from the Richmond’s (Belle’s employer), to her family and Win’s friends.

Reviewed in September 2002 by Pam.

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