"Wonderful contemporary romance"
Colonial Era archeologist and historian, Carter Wessex
agrees to accept a grant to dig on Farrell Mountain if she
obtains the approval of corporate raider Nick Farrell. She
is very excited about trying to solve the Revolutionary War
mystery of what happened in 1775 to the Winship party and
the gold they carried until she meets Nick. He is nasty
and tosses her off his property.
When Nick connects the name to a business partner, he sees
an opportunity to insure the man owes him favors as Carter
and her father have been estranged since her mother died.
Nick invites Carter to dig on his mountain, but never
expected to fall in love with her. He worries what will
happen when she learns the truth that he manipulated the
situation as a business venture, but not as much as the
concern he feels for her safety when a rival abducts her.
Solving an eighteenth century mystery using modern day
archeological techniques is fun to follow and the varying
relationships are all delightful to observes. However, an
extra intrigue caused by a lunatic peer and Carter's
misunderstanding of her parents' relationship seems
unnecessary and contrived. Still Carter and Nick are a
pleasant duo and his nephew, Carter's partner and his
daughter make for a wonderful contemporary romance that
will leave readers appreciating Jessica Bird's talent.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 25, 2003
Carter Wessex is an archaeologist on a mission. She wants
to find a fortune in missing gold but she needs permission
to dig on Farrell Mountain first. The trouble is, sexy Nick
Farrell is renowned for keeping people off his property.
When Carter approaches him anyway, sparks fly at their
first meeting. The ruthless corporate raider doesn't want
his vacation home disturbed by yet another trespasser, even
if she's a beautiful one. Things change when he realizes
Carter, who is the estranged daughter of another financial
tycoon, could be useful to him.
When Nick invites her to come to the mountain and dig,
she's suspicious of his change of mind and well aware of
his ruthless reputation. But, as she gets to know him,
their initial attraction becomes an undeniable passion. As
skeletons are unearthed, and the details of the gold's
disappearance are gradually unveiled, they embark on a love
affair which touches Nick's heart in a special way. He
realizes he's falling in love with her but tragically, it's
too late. His plotting is revealed before he can stop the
events he put in motion and Carter suffers a betrayal so
deep, she fears she will not recover.
Can Carter forgive the man she's given her heart to and
learn to trust him again? Will the mystery of the gold be
solved? As Carter comes to the end of the dig, she finds
more than she ever bargained for up on Farrell Mountain.