"fun contemporary village romance"
Isabella Hutchinson takes a leave of absence from her job
in Manhattan's oldest antiquarian bookstore Belvedere
Books to bury her beloved mother Matilde. In Ipswich by
the Sea, Massachusetts, Isabella reads a letter from her
mother that leads her to a hidden box containing a family
secret. Inside are a crystal and a B&W photo of a man
with the phrase Worth Village, Scotland.
Unable to resist, Isabella travels to the remote village
in search of her roots, but she becomes lost. A person in
the road holding a gun yells at her to go back, which she
does, finally finding her B&B. Though friendly towards
her, the townsfolk deny knowledge of Isabella, but she
manages to locate a birth record with a different last
name. Isabella meets that crazy guy (who had the gun)
again. He turns out to be wealthy Graeme Mackenzie, new
owner of Worth Castle. He does not trust her as he hides
since every single woman in the country wants to marry him
due to his loot, title, and looks. Still Graeme and
Isabella fall in love.
Readers will take immense pleasure from the delightful THE
SECRET GIFT. The mystery of Matilde hooks the audience as
much as it grips Isabella as readers will want know what
is going on past and present in Worth. Graeme is an
intriguing protagonist who finds fame and fortune is not
worth the price of his freedom. Fans of a contemporary
village romance with a touch of intrigue will find this
novel is just the gift for them.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 7, 2003