Unlikely sweethearts enliven this thin post-Civil War romance from Amos (A Long Walk Home). In 1868 Bekah Benson travels from England to Londonderry, N.H., to find the other half of a mysterious medallion she's had for years. The medallion belonged to her missionary parents, and Bekah believes it holds the secret to the location of a treasure. In a wild coincidence, Bekah happens across the missing half of her medallion, but it's hanging around the neck of Zachariah Thompson, a cardsharp who moments before they first meet was sentenced to death for killing a man. (Zachariah claims he is innocent.) Zachariah agrees to give her his half of the medallion if she'll break him out of jail. With a little help from a sticky-fingered street urchin, Bekah springs Zachariah from the hoosegow. An amorous adventure ensues. Though the romance is as sweet as corn syrup, the matchup of Bekah, a naïve single woman, with a convicted murderer strains credibility. Though light on period details, it's a serviceable romance. (Aug.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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When Rebekah Benson discovers half a medallion in the stuffing of her childhood doll, she is convinced finding the other half will lead to treasure. Bekah travels from Britain to New England to begin a romantic adventure she never envisioned when she started her quest. Diane Amos, author of the historical OUTLAW HEARTS, takes us on a merry chase from the moment her proper British heroine saves the unkempt, uncouth and uncivilized Zachariah Thompson from the noose. Her motivation, getting the other half of the medallion hanging from his neck. Despite the accusation that he is a drunk, a thief and a murderer, she believes him when he proclaims his innocence. Amos weaves an endearing tale as the two lead characters, with nothing in common but a mystery, set out to find the real murderer and the origin and meaning of the medallion. Amos interlaces the tale with humor, countless obstacles to test the mettle of the main characters, and secondary characters who add a bit of spice to the concoction. As in all her other novels, Amos¿s dry sense of humor shows up in her dialogue and the situations, albeit serious, she puts her characters in. She is a master at turning children and animals, and in this case a lady¿s fine hat, into colorful secondary characters. Thirteen year-old homeless James and the crippled and slobbering Beauregard are perfect examples. Boy and dog play major and entertaining roles in moving the plot to its romantic and happily-ever-after conclusion.
In England Bekah Benson has possessed half of medallion that once belonged to her missionary parents who worked amidst the Abenaki tribe in Maine. In 1868, the now twenty-four years old Bekah believes that the entire medallion will lead to a treasure so she crosses the Atlantic seeking the other half. --- In Londonderry, New Hampshire, Bekah meets the other half as the medallion resides around the neck of gambler Zachariah Thompson. However, there is a slight problem as Zachariah is sentenced to be hanged for killing a man. He swears to her he is innocent and will giver the medallion if she gets him out of jail. Bekah agrees and to his amazement succeeds albeit with some urchin assistance. Instead of just leaving her with his half as he promised, Zachariah joins Bekah on her quest, but the naive American and the cynical card player learn what the greatest treasure of all is, love. --- Although most readers will have difficulty accepting any relationship between the lead couple as she is gentle and law abiding while he is a consummate con artist convicted of murder. Still fans will enjoy their teaming up as they search for a lost treasure that might not exist. Reconstruction Era romance readers will appreciate this fun tale filled with an interesting twist as Bekah and Zachariah learn what a treasure truly is. --- Harriet Klausner