CINNAMON AND ROSES by Heidi Betts Review by Barb Deane, Barb's All Romance Book Store
New author Heidi Betts has her debut book, Cinnamon and Roses, out this month from Leisure Books. Cinnamon and Roses is a American historical, set in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1880. Heidi has created a warm and wonderful picture of the old west that is definitely worth your time to visit.
Rebecca grew up in a storeroom in the brothel that employed her mother, literally exposed to the seediest sides of life in Kansas City. When the madam suggested that Rebecca was old enough, at 13, to start earning her keep, Rebecca snuck out of town in the back of a stage coach. When the end of the road was Leavenworth, Rebecca was lucky enough to be "adopted" by a loving widow who not only gave Rebecca the first home she'd ever known, but a means to support herself as well by teaching her to become a seamstress.
When Caleb Adams brought his mistress to the local seamstress for a new gown, it never occurred to him that the dowdy little seamstress would be of any interest to him. However, when he fails to pay his bill in full, Rebecca turns the full power of her passion and survival instincts on him. He not only forks over the disputed sum, but gives his heart to the beautiful and independent young woman as well. The sparks that fly between these two strong-willed characters are very interesting and intriguing.
Although several incidents threaten their happiness, including a marriage of convenience, Caleb and Rebecca's struggle to find a life together is well-written and enjoyable. Heidi shows real talent for creating likable characters, including Caleb's younger sister Megan. I hope we are going to see Megan come into her own in a future story. Great work, Heidi, especially for a first book. I can't wait for the next one! Barb Deane Copyrightc 1999, Barb's All Romance Book Store. All rights reserved