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"Kudos to Pappano for this unique and compelling romance!"

At the age of five, Anamaria Duquesne had a vision of her mother's death. Twenty-three years later she returns to Copper Lake to find out what really happened the night her mother died. The authorities ruled the death an accident, but Anamaria senses there is more to the story. Her family's psychic abilities lead her to the town's wealthiest family and she is determined to learn the truth -- even when it becomes clear that some folks would prefer she leave the past dead and buried.

Robbie Calloway refuses to buy into Anamaria's psychic "act." Hired to keep an eye on Anamaria, Robbie soon finds himself helping her piece together clues to a mystery that may expose dark secrets of his own family. Robbie can't deny the soul-stirring connection he feels with Anamaria though he knows she would never fit into his world where race, wealth, and social status are closely scrutinized. Robbie's always been content with the status quo, but he starts to feel that there's something missing. When Anamaria's psychic abilities prove unerringly correct, Robbie finds himself slowly starting to trust her as he begins to doubt his own beliefs. Curses and traditions are hard to break, but if Robbie and Anamaria can overcome the legacies of the past, perhaps they can solve the mystery of Glory Duquesne's death...and discover a destiny neither of them could have ever foreseen.

SCANDAL IN COPPER LAKE is a paranormal "light" romance that unfolds at a leisurely pace meshing nicely with its fictional southern locale. It's not an edge of your seat thriller, but what it lacks in action, Pappano delivers with well crafted characters and an honest portrayal of their struggles. With a confident pen, she has written a compelling romance that tackles some of the sensitive issues that arise in interracial relationships. The dubious history of Anamaria's family could have easily landed this story in the "epic fail" pile, but the heroine's intelligence and dignity shine so brilliantly it leaves little doubt that it's Robbie who is indeed "outclassed." She doesn't need Robbie to save her from danger or a terrible life; she simply wants to know what happened to her mother and dares to dream of a better life for herself. Robbie's internal struggle feels authentic and initially it won't endear him to the reader, however when he starts to question his preconceived notions of his perfect match, I couldn't help but appreciate the growth of his character. Pappano deserves kudos for taking a risk with SCANDAL IN COPPER LAKE and if you crave a unique contemporary romance with paranormal elements, you'll definitely want to add this one to your reading list.

Reviewed by Sonya Harrison
Posted May 8, 2009

SUMMARY

**PNR STAFF TOP PICK**

No one believed Anamaria Duquesne when she had premonitions of her mother's death. Now, years later, the town pariah has returned to Copper Lake to unearth what transpired on that fateful night. Although she has the gift of foresight, she didn't predict falling under the tantalizing spell of a rich playboy who's been hired to spy on her.

Robbie Calloway scoffed at Anamaria's psychic mumbo jumbo about an unsolved murder and eerie family curses. But before long, the prominent attorney was entrenched in her crusade... With danger swirling around them, could they overcome incredible odds to be together?

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Psychic

 

Scandal In Copper Lake
(Romantic Suspense Series #1547)
by Marilyn Pappano

Silhouette
February 1, 2009
Available: February 1, 2009
ISBN #0373276176
EAN #9780373276172
224 pages
Paperback
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