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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

NOT Your Run-o'-the-Mill Romance

Although there are a millions of romance novels circulating out there in America, this is one author who absolutely knows her business when it comes to creating a love story that not only offers passion and romance, but also offers a complex plot that will keep readers ...
Although there are a millions of romance novels circulating out there in America, this is one author who absolutely knows her business when it comes to creating a love story that not only offers passion and romance, but also offers a complex plot that will keep readers intrigued until the very last page. This New York Times bestselling author has once again written a book that will have no trouble breaking more records.

We begin at the funeral of the Earl of Cromarty, who is being laid to rest in Charlton Abbey in England in the year 1812. The Earl had one daughter, Jocelyn, and, unfortunately, no sons. Of course in the British world, a daughter could not inherit the lands from her father, so Jocelyn's priceless home falls into the greedy hands of her Uncle and his horrific wife, Elvira. But, there was one more surprise. At the reading of the will, Jocelyn is told that she will not even inherit her father's money UNLESS she is married by the age of twenty-five.

In London, 1815, Major David Lancaster is wasting away in a hospital bed. He is in an incredible amount of pain, and is paralyzed from the waist-down due to his injuries at Waterloo. Not only is he waiting for death, but he's also extremely scared to leave behind his younger sister, Sally, who has no means of support once David 'meets his maker.'

A very beneficial meeting occurs when a woman named Jocelyn - who is just about to turn twenty-five and only has eyes for one man who is a confirmed bachelor - walks into the hospital and makes a bargain with the Major. If he marries Jocelyn, she will provide five hundred pounds a year for Sally's care and well-being. This is a wonderful match, seeing as that Jocelyn really doesn't want to be married but must get her inheritance, and the Major is close to death.

However, Sally is extremely upset. She thinks Jocelyn is absolutely horrible for using her brother and wants this woman to simply disappear. She goes on a quest for the perfect doctor and finds herself in the office of a "mad-Scot" named Ian Kinlock. This Doctor is also smart enough to find it quite odd that if Sally's brother is paralyzed.then why is he in pain?

Soon, Major David Lancaster finds himself on the mend - in his wife's house - where Sally moves him so that she can make Jocelyn's life a real pain. But will this man who was near death, and this high-society female with a total fear of marriage, find that they are actually meant for each other?

Unbelievable plot, fantastic characters, and a romance that is truly a 'dream.' I can never say enough about this fantastic author except I, for one, hope she writes for the next fifty years.at least!

posted by MindMade on April 16, 2011

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6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

not what it seems

this is not the book that is summarized. Its about two different characters and totally different story line

posted by 6339527 on April 6, 2011

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