"Dodd's best work to date"
In 1843 London, Enid MacLean survives the collapse of
her marriage by becoming a companion-nurse to ailing Lady
Halifax. Enid buries her past though there remains a lot
of speculation about her. However, her idyllic arrangement
ends when she learns her husband Stephen is dying and needs
her. As expected of a wife, she goes to help him with his
final days though she hates him.
Considering her spouse is a wastrel, Enid is shocked to
learn that Stephen is near death due to a bomb explosion in
the Crimea. Though barely recognizing her husband due to
the excessive injuries, Enid takes over his medical care.
When he begins to recover she finds his personality has
changed dramatically from the man she once loved. Perhaps
the brush with death is the cause, but Stephen is kind and
gracious, and soon Enid realizes she still loves her
spouse, but begins to question whether this nice man could
even be her husband?
LOST IN YOUR ARMS is a Victorian romantic rendition of
the movie Sommersby, but you will have to read it to find
out if it has a different ending. The story
line is exciting as Enid struggles with nursing a person
she loathes, but in spite of her independence she still
performs her duty as defined by society's edicts. The plot
works hooking the audience who need to know what will
happen as the relationship between the lead couple changes
as Stephen regains his health. Christina Dodd provides
historical romance fans with her usual affable novel.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 26, 2002