"Engaging Georgian romance"
In 1772 though she owes a fortune due to her nasty deceased
husband's debts to Jasper Hyde, Millicent Wentworth spends
more than she can afford to buy an elderly Jamaican slave.
Millicent immediately frees Ohenewaa while Jasper goes wild
over learning he was outbid because he obsesses over owning
the aging former slave.
Needing money badly, Millicent agrees to wed Lyon
Pennington, a wealthy invalid wallowing in self-pity. His
family pays off her debts and he is moved to her home where
many free former slaves earn a wage. As Millicent pushes
Lyon around and with the aid Ohenewaa a healer, he begins
to recover much of what he lost in the accident that left
his first wife dead. As the English couple falls in love,
Jasper becomes desperate to get hold of Ohenewaa so he can
force her to "free" him from her curse. He is willing to
kill anyone in his way of achieving his goal.
This engaging Georgian romance works on several layers
besides the obvious romance between the lead couple. The
secondary players provide depth to the high morality of the
prime protagonists so that the audience feels the mental
anguish and physical pain of Lyon and the need bordering on
guilt for Millicent to make retribution for her odious
first husband's treatment of people. Though the Jasper
subplot adds little to the prime tale except suspense and
action, sub-genre readers will strike gold with this deep
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 25, 2003