"Romantic Novel that echoes with an adult theme of "Oliver Twist."
If you enjoy a novel more than reading romantic interludes,
you will enjoy this tale that echoes with an adult theme
of ?Oliver Twist.?
We start out with the hero in his private coach in the Five
Points slum district of 1880's NYC being held up by the
heroine. Two years later the circumstances are different
when they meet again.
Mystere, now a woman grown, was an orphan taken from the
slums of NYC and educated to fit into society by greedy and
abusive Paul Rillieux. Presenting Mystere as his debutante
niece to New York?s Gilded Age society and the societal
matriarch, Caroline Astor, Paul is masquerading as one of
Railroad magnate Rafe Belloch has vowed retaliation against
the society that drove his parents to an early grave. Only
Rafe connects his former theft and the mysterious jewel
thief known only as Lady Moonlight with Mystere. Mystere
seems enterprising and tough and just additional spice
added to his revenge plans. He wants retaliation for the
humiliation two years before.
Even though there are romance scenes, I did not feel there
was much to redeem Rafe and until the end his attitude
toward Mystere was only ?to use her.? He is a ?tortured
hero? who must come to terms with his past and until he
does, there is no room to admit any softer feelings. I
liked Mystere as she tried to cope with what life dealt her
and with those around her. As Paul?s criminal scheme
begins to fall apart, she is faced with some impossible
There were many historical characters [almost to the point
of name dropping] and event references weaved into the
story to set the scene. 1880?s New York society is an era
of social changes and is well depicted. Mrs. McKinney?s
writing style was easy to read and involve yourself in the
story. The final chapters pave the way for the sequel that
will hopefully conclude the search for her long-lost
brother and answer questions of Mystere?s heritage.
Cy Korte © Copyright 2002
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Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted February 4, 2002