"This author has oodles of talent"
In 1818 Gunnisloe, Baron James Harkness, who rarely
comes to the Cornish village from his Pendurgan home, hears
a nearby auction whose bidding and commentary seem strange
to him. He wanders over to take a look when he is stunned
to see a woman on the block instead of cattle. Unable to
sit idly by while the "wife sale" continues, James overbids
and wins the prize. Gilbert Russell sells his wife Verity
to "Lord Heartless" as the locals call James in order to
pay off his debts.
Though she starts with doubts about her savior due to
the rumors that he killed his wife and child, Verity
quickly notices his compassion towards people even those
not deserving of it. She begins to fall in love with her
benefactor and he feels the same attraction, but the
secrets he keeps from everyone including her leaves no hope
for a real relationship.
Candice Hern places a classic style gothic romance
inside a Regency tale so that the audience receives the
best of both sub-genres. The story line engages the
audience due to the lead characters, the dark brooding but
caring James and the innocent bewildered Verity. Though
James overdoes his secrets better than the CIA, the
audience will want this charming duo to find happiness.
His demons and to a lesser degree her first marriage makes
for a rocky path that provides delighted readers with much
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 16, 2001