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5.0 out of 5 stars This novel will win fans easily!, 4 Mar 2003
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This review is from: The Affair (Mass Market Paperback)
Seeking help for his orphaned niece who has been tortured by nightmares since her parents' murders, Gannon Finn takes her to Treadwell's academy for young women. Imagine his surprise to find the woman he had a brief and temptous affair with twenty years ago now retired from her life of running a gaming hole to be the headmistress of this new, prestigious school.
Christiane vows not to let the tumultous feelings she has for Gannon affect how his niece, Claire, is treated. However, she does not manage to keep herself from the uncle after all. At the same time, she is battling to now let others or herself see her as old. Only in her early forties, the idea of a new life with a man she loves is appealing and frightening.
The secondary love story is a sweet romance between Claire and a young Quaker man. Yet, all is not sweetness and light, or fiery passion either. There is a dark secret concealed in Claire's dreams, one that must be solved before anyone can find happiness.
***** Christiane will make readers cheer, as she is an older heroine in a genre traditionally populated with heroines who are extremely young. A strong and vital woman, she provides a decided contrast to young Claire. However, with dual heroines, this novel will appeal to a broader spectrum of ages. With repressed memories, warm humor, and a dog who is more like a person, this novel wins fans easily. *****
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5.0 out of 5 stars A REAL TREAT-ROMANCE AT IT'S BEST, 10 May 2004
This review is from: The Affair (Mass Market Paperback)
This book is a real treat from Sandy. It tells the story of Christiane d'Oliveri, an English aristocrat whose reputation was ruined by a manufactured scandal out of spite and jealousy. Rather than hide away, the young Christiane went to France, opened a gaming house, then took a lover. Enter Gannon Finn, a young Irish peer who fell violently in love with her, but whom Christiane scorns, although not before one stolen night of explosive passion.

Twenty years later, Christiane, whom we met earlier in the wonderful The Suitor, is running a girls finishing school, when Gannon shows up with his neice in tow, wanting her to be a pupil. He is shocked to see her, but it isn't long before he is kissing her passionately and persuing his lifelong love for her. I won't spoil the story by saying more, but as always, this is a wonderfully crafted tale, passionate and sensual. When I say sensual, that is what I mean-even the food is described in detail as a real treat for the senses. I also liked the way Christiane is no vapid girl but a mature woman, sexually experienced, able to recognise how extraordinary is the passion between her and Gannon. Another unusual factor is that Christiane is past the age of childbearing, and speaks frankly about this. Gannon, however is not phased by this, declaring he is not particularly worried about having 'an heir and a spare' as it were,he just wants to spend the rest of his life with her. He is convinced they can be happy together, and his conviction is very seductive.

This book also contains a secondary love story between Claire, Gannon's neice, and a young Quaker, which is very appealing. Another character, Mrs Treadwell, Christiane's partner at the school, is very hostile to the unfolding love affair between the two, and convinced that Christiane will simply be lead into another scandal. Her fears, and also her jealousy of Christiane's love affair, are a hurdle that Christiane has to overcome-it is not until she truly trusts Gannon that she finds lasting happiness.

I loved this book and really recommend it to any lover of romance. I would also recommend her other books, particularly The Suitor, which is just as good.Happy reading!
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