"A serious but entertaining historical novel"
In 1916 Paris, budding actress Liana Wycliffe falls in love
with World War I fighter pilot Ace after only meeting him
ten days ago when they both attended two showings of Birth
of a Nation. However, when they make love, he drops her
claiming she is just another whore. Heartbroken because
loves him, Liana returns to the States to pursue a career
the budding new movie industry.
Four years later, director Spencer Sloane has had two
successful movies, which has led to his receiving carte
blanche control to film "Tehani of the South Seas" on
location. To play the heroine of this controversial movie,
he wants Liana, who he has not seen since Paris. When he
finds her, she refuses to act in his movie until he forces
her hand. When a scandal breaks out centering on her
parents, Spencer insists she remain as the star. However,
this is one location that could prove dangerous to the key
cast and filmmakers, as powerful interests do not want this
This is an engaging historical romance with a deep reminder
that focuses on the mistreatment (some call it rape) of the
South Sea island paradises by missionaries. The story line
is loaded with action and deep characterizations. The
audience will adore Liana, but Spencer carries too much
baggage on top of what Liana contends with so that the
audience sympathizes with him when he discusses the plight
of the people, but not in his dysfunctional reactions to
beloved. Fans of deep early twentieth century tales will
appreciate this strong powerhouse.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 17, 2003
He broke her heart...Now a struggling actress must put on
the performance of a lifetime...
Orphaned at the age of thirteen, actress Liana Wycliffe
no stranger to life's cruelties. But nothing had prepared
her for the despair she felt when the man she loved
betrayed her. Known as Ace, he was a devastatingly
fighter pilot stationed in Paris--and he was everything
Liana wanted. But after one night of blazing passion he
disappeared, leaving her with a brusque note--and a broken
heart. Liana swears she will never again allow a man to
violate her trust. But when the man who never stopped
haunting her dreams returns, can she keep her vow?
"Ace" has become Spencer Sloane, renowned director of the
silent screen--and he wants talented Liana as the star of
his next film. He has never forgotten the ingénue who came
closest to piercing his disillusioned soul, and he will
stop at nothing to ensure that she fulfills his vision.
This time Liana is determined to have him only on her
terms. In the face of such powerful desire, who will be
first to surrender?