The malaria fever he first caught in India returns so Eric
Ford leaves a London dance he was attending to walk home.
Camille Croft, who has loved him since childhood, informs
her brother Miles and Eric's brother-in-law that before he
left he looked very ill. They chase after Eric because
they are concerned and want to insure he gets home all
right. Near his home, a man offers Nell for a night to
Eric. Needing to lie down, he takes out his wallet, but
the man hits Eric and steals his money just as Camille and
her brother arrive. As Eric recovers, Nell stays with
Eric knows he is too old and too ill for Camille, but he
begins to fall in love with her. Nell's cousin attorney
Dana Bartlett courts Camille in front of a jealous Eric.
When he feels fully recovered, Eric decides to tell
Camille he loves her. They agree to marry. At the party
where they plan to announce the upcoming nuptials, things
go wrong. Camille is abducted and Eric's life is endangered.
RITA award winner Edith Layton known for her "C,"
Regencies provides her fans with a fine romance focusing
on a warm male protagonist falling in love with a caring
woman whom he always treated like his little sister. The
support characters add depth to understanding how Camille
and Eric feel about life and each other. Though the final
abduction of the heroine adds unneeded suspense, readers
will be glad to have read a wonderful tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 1, 2003