"A delighful but complex contemporary."
In Bitter Creek, the Blackthorne and Creed clans have
detested each other for eternity (or at least three series
that has begot double-digit novels). Billy Coburn loves
his father's daughter Summer, but they do not share a blood
relationship. He is the illegitimate son of Jackson
Blackthorne while she is the daughter of the lover of
Billy has an affair that results in a child. He wants
to raise the boy with Summer, but the biological mother
sees the infant as a chance to bleed money from the wealthy
Blackthornes. Billy proposes to Summer feeling he has a
better chance of winning custody if he is a married man.
She loves Billy and though angry that he deserted her once
before, she marries him. They return to his family home
since he feels he needs to help his dying mother and his
pregnant sister. However, Billy's female relatives loathe
Summer though she is kind and sacrificed a comfortable
lifestyle to marry her beloved.. The rest of the broods
are in the midst of a soap opera too.
The latest tale in the Blackthorne-Creed universe, THE
LONER, requires a scorecard to keep track of the players.
The tale will remind readers of when Bay City and Another
World were running stories at the same time. The
characters are fun to watch as hatred flows stronger than
love in most cases. Fans of the series will find Joan
Johnston's latest entry a triumph. For newcomers; develop
distribution chart to follow who does what or wants to do
what to whom.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 29, 2002