"Exciting nineteenth century romantic intrigue"
Inventor Professor Michael Rowen breaks the heart of Helena
Cabot because he believes she, as the daughter of the most
powerful US Senator, would never marry him. Pregnant with
Michael's child, Helena turns to New York's Junior Senator
Troy Barnes. They forge a loveless marriage of convenience
that has fooled the international upper crust into
believing this couple shares the perfect matrimony.
Almost a decade later, two events destroy the Barnes couple
alliance. First her father dies leaving Helena with no
protector. Second Troy learns that William is not from his
seed. Fearing retribution for herself and her son from her
authoritative abusive husband, Helena tries to obtain a
divorce, but no attorney will go up against Troy.
Desperate she flees to Upstate New York and opens a woman's
shelter, but also turns to Michael for help. Though
neither trusts one another William is Michael's son and
Helena, knowing Troy has a rep to maintain, is coming.
Names aside (Helena and Troy!), ENCHANTED AFTERNOON is an
exciting nineteenth century romantic intrigue that provides
readers with a vivid look at the plight of women in a
society granting no rights. The story line is fast-paced
once the key cast members are introduced so that the reader
understands how they react to tribulations. Though how
Troy hid his true colors from his spouse even if she lived
in Sarasota Springs while he in Georgetown for much of that
time seems a stretch, the audience will relish Susan Wiggs
delightful historical tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 15, 2002