Sea Change

Sea Change

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by Alison McLeay

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Katherine Summerbee, the spirited heroine of this engaging historical romance by the author of the well-received Passage Home , has been brought up on a boat by her gruff father with no luxuries and little love. She meets handsome, courageous Matthew Oliver, an Englishman who is smuggling Confederate gold out of Civil War-torn New Orleans on the eve of the Yankee occupation. A tumultuous night ends in lust, a forced marriage and Matthew's quick departure. When Kate travels to England to find her husband, however, she discovers that he is actually the owner of a huge shipping concern, that they were not legally married and that he has a new wife. But her fate is irrevocably intertwined with that of Matthew and his family, and she is soon firmly lodged in the middle of a bitter battle of wills between Matthew and his father, the spirited, dashing and trustworthy Adam Gaunt. McLeay's narrative proceeds apace once Katherine reaches England, and her characters are fully dimensional. But at times their actions seem calculated only for McLeay's ease in forwarding the plot, and the conclusion disappoints. (Mar.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Educated only in the ways of those she meets, 17-year-old Kate Summerbee has had a peripatetic childhood on her father's riverboat. The Bellflower is berthed in New Orleans as the Yankees are about to take the city in 1862. When adventurous Englishman Matthew Oliver commandeers the boat to move some gold, he captures Kate's heart as well. She follows him to England, but neither he nor the life there are what she expected. Romance readers should be pleased with this novel, which combines a bit of American Civil War history with scenes among the English gentry, family conflicts with personal adventures. Characterizations are occasionally shallow and some of the situations seem contrived, but the action is fast paced, the settings well evoked. A good representative of its genre, McLeay's latest novel should be in demand, especially by fans of her Passage Home (S. & S., 1990).-- Ellen Kaye Stoppel, Drake Univ. Law Lib., Des Moines

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