"exciting story line"
In 1819, Princess Tatiana Pruzinsky must find the Heavens
of Avalonia, jewels that will legitimize her claim to the
throne of the Kingdom of Greater Avalonia. In 1767, her
great-aunt Sophia smuggled the jewels to England during
dangerous times. Tatiana plans to visit the homes of the
descendants of the three ladies (Hutchins, Helmsley, and
Cranston) who graciously helped Sophia upon her arrival in
England. Tatiana pretends she is writing a biography of
her great-aunt. To further disguise her mission, Sophia
asks the lord she deserted after only one week of marriage,
Matthew Weston to pretend to be her spouse.
Matt remains angry with his wife. After she left, he
learned about her royal blood. Still, needing money, Matt
accepts Tatiana's offer to pay him to be her husband though
his hidden motive for agreeing is to know why she left. As
they pretend to be what they really are, both want to
forget the other, but love flourishes making regret the end
The story line is exciting and the lead male character is a
likable individual trying to recover from love lost.
However, Tatiana is an unpleasant person as she is a phobic
liar who fabricates even when there is no reason to do so.
This makes it very difficult for readers to empathize with
her plight leading to the question of whether she has the
moral fortitude to ascend to the throne. Still the tale
furnishes readers with an engaging historical tale, as fans
will wonder if Matt will stick around long enough to learn
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 6, 2002