Hampshire, England 1832 - 1844 Sometimes the best thing to do for yourself is to save someone else. That is what Lady Aline Marsden thought, she wanted nothing more than to save John McKenna from the terrible threats her father had made. Aline loved McKenna enough to give him up, push him away, but after he left a terrible accident left her even more sure of her decision to stay alone in a self imposed exile from most of society. McKenna thought never to return to Stony Cross after the way Aline had hurt him, but after he made a fortune and proved he had higher ambitions he decided a little revenge was in order. Spending just a few days in the presence of Aline, Livia and Marcus (younger sister and older brother) knew what McKenna was after and feared for Aline’s and McKenna’s hearts.
Very predictable storyline, even with the subtle twist (also predictable), a heartfelt rekindling of emotions, while the undertones of vengeance were never strong, the feeling of being disappointed in each of them is more real. (** Spoiler **)The best part of the book (for me) is the surprise relationship between Livia and Gideon Shaw. The struggles that Gideon face with his business, his own family as well as his drinking gives him the ‘tormented soul’ persona and then he steps up. Gideon has the best line (IMHO) of the book, “You don’t have to say it back. For once, I want to have the pleasure of loving someone without asking for anything in return.” The strength of character that he shows till the end is so encouraging. This is an older Avon Historical Romance form 2004
Oct 29, 2008