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Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday Flashback

From April 2002:

Ride the Winter Wind by Christina Kingston. Historical romance.

Good timing on this one---that "Winter Wind" of the title was just what I needed now that the heat & humidity have decided to stay!

Our hero, Michael, is one of those wonderfully damaged heroes we all love. He's lost the use of one arm through imprisonment & torture, and feels like he's a burden to his friends and has nothing left to live for. Even though he saves Alissa's life more than once, he feels he has nothing to give her. Silly man.

Our heroine, Alissa, will lose her inheritance to her uncle if she doesn't marry in the next week. Not only that, but her grandmother & young blind cousin Robin will be left to fend for themselves, & she herself will be shut away in an insane asylum. Unfortunately, accidents tend to befall her suitors. In a last ditch effort, she asks her best friend's widower to marry her & save the family, but he's attacked on his way to her.

Uncle Gerald is a truly evil, greedy man. He'll stop at nothing to get his hands on that inheritance. What happened to him at the end was perfect. Much more satisfying than if he'd simply died.

Alissa's grandmother was a sharp woman. I loved how she put Michael on the spot & asked him to marry Alissa. Hard to get mad at her for meddling, when it was what they both wanted.

Bly was a real character. The scene where he explains to Alissa how to get Michael to overcome his scruples is priceless. I'm intrigued by all the Lucky Seven---are they in other books?

One small quibble with the cover artist---Michael's left arm was paralyzed, but on the cover he's holding his hat & gloves in it. Tsk tsk.

All in all, a satisfying read that kept me turning pages to find out what happened next.

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thanks for the review. I might have to try it after I finally read Twilight... everyone keeps saying how good it is... and I keep meaning to start it
Oh, good--I'm not the only one who hasn't read Twilight yet. It's on my list, but my list is soooooo long. :)
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