"engaging Americana romance"
In 1871 Fredonia, New York, angry sawmill owner Kyle
Grayson accuses his friend and mentor Tom Drake of trying
to ruin his business by failing to make payments.
Suddenly, the upset older man collapses and dies from a
heart attack. Feeling guilty that he caused the fatal
cardiac arrest, Kyle buys Tom's lumberyard so that the
man's widow and daughter are taken care of, as he promised
Tom just before his former guide died.
However, the lumberyard is in disarray and heavily
mortgaged making its value almost worthless. Kyle goes to
stop the deal, but is not only too late, he is caught alone
with Tom's daughter, schoolmarm Amelia. They are forced to
marry, but she fears making love because she lost her
virginity to attorney turned banker Richard Cameron years
ago. As Kyle and Amelia fall in love, secrets between the
newlyweds and his best friend slowly surface that threaten
to end their relationship before it truly begins.
THE LONGING is an engaging Americana romance that, though
the story line contains too many secrets weighing down the
plot, remains an exciting Americana tale that focuses on
Kyle, who was jilted by his fiancée for his brother in the
first book SHADES OF HONOR. Amelia is a wonderful
protagonist who brings to life the place of the young
single female in post Civil War society. Kyle is a
workaholic with a conscience. Though his buddy's final
actions seem out of character, fans of historical romances
will appreciate this novel and long for the next stories
starring a different single Grayson sibling.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 4, 2003