"Exciting Regency romance"
In 1788, at seventeen Thea Garrett feels mature enough
to know what she wants. So ignoring the advice of her
older brother Tom, she falls for the charm of Lord Randall
Hawley and elopes with him. On the trek north, she finds
he turns ugly when things go wrong culminating with his
raping her. Tom catches up to them, but Randall forces a
dual and in the ensuing fight, he dishonorably murders his
opponent. Before dying Tom kills Randall. A stunned Thea
vows never again to trust a male.
A decade later American Patrick Blackburne visits his
English mother. She informs him that someone is
blackmailing her. She does not want any scandal caused by
her to ruin the image of her fiancÚ. Patrick promises to
see what he can do to fix her problem, but soon has one of
his own when he meets and falls in love with Thea, a person
he believes is a nasty pleasure seeker. Though she returns
his feelings, Thea still feels guilt over her brother's
death and rejects all men.
SWEAR BY THE MOON is an exciting Regency romance with
an engaging, solid story line. Still readers will wonder
why a teenage Thea failed to see the true colors of Randall
as a bad-tempered soul even if he oozes charm to disguise
his nature. His pivotal role is short so that the audience
can enjoy the principal battle between Thea and Patrick.
Shirlee Busbee has written a stirring historical romance
starring two individuals whom the audience will like and
want to see together.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 3, 2001