"Entertaining historical romance"
Seventy-two years old General Streathern appears near death
having suffered apoplexy. Besides his beloved great-niece
fourteen year old Gabriela Carstairs and her governess
Jessica Maitland, his great-nephew Lord Vesey who likes
young girls and the pervert's wife Leona who likes men
attend the death watch. Miraculously, the retired military
officer recovers and warns Jessica to take Gabriela away to
her guardian Richard the Duke of Claybourne. That night a
visitor kills Streathern.
After the reading of the will in which Gabriela inherits
everything, Jessica flees with her charge for the safety of
Claybourne because she knows that the Veseys will try to
control the estate through Gabriela. Richard does not want
visitors as he still mourns the loss of his wife and child
four years ago in an accident but also plans to kill
himself. Everything changes when the Veseys arrive because
Richard refuses to hand the innocent teen to this depraved
duo. Shortly afterward, whether it is the Veseys or some
unknown assailant, someone wants Gabriela dead.
THE HIDDEN HEART, the sequel to the delightful Regency SO
WILD A HEART, is an entertaining historical romance that
readers will relish. The fast-paced story contains strong
characters. Richard is a wonderful protagonist whose
suicidal thoughts end when he finds something to live for,
the love of Jessica and Gabriela. The heroic Jessica risks
her life for the safety of her beloved Gabriela who seems
too mature for her age. On the other hand, the Veseys are
purposely treated as caricatures of odious individuals.
Thus the audience will enjoy this fun tale and demand more
from the heart of Candace Camp.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 15, 2002