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The Charade (Sonnet Books) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 2000
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From the Back Cover
From award-winning author Laura Lee Guhrke comes a captivating tale of shadowed passion set against the fiery storms of the American Revolution....
Honor, freedom, liberty...those were mere words to Katie Armstrong, a savvy thief and indentured servant on the run in colonial Boston. For the sake of survival, she agreed to a British lord's bribe: unmask the identity of the patriot known as John Smith, or be returned to her brutal master. But soon the cagey John Smith was making the same threat -- unless she spied for him. Katie planned to play both men against each other...until, masquerading as Smith's mistress, she lost her heart to the seductive stranger she had set out to undo.
Ethan Harding's steely heart was ready to risk anything to end British tyranny -- even if it meant taking on the false identity of John Smith, putting his own life in jeopardy, or blackmailing a beautiful and terrified young woman. And if that woman's angelic face made other men spill their secrets, so much the better. But now, Katie Armstrong's charms were about to betray his heart and his cause -- and his desire for the elusive temptress would turn the tables on everyone and everything he had pledged to protect.
About the Author
Laura Lee Guhrke isn't one of those lucky authors who knew from her childhood onward that she wanted to be a writer. As a child, she was sure she was going to be a marine biologist when she grew up and study the iguanas on the Galapagos Islands. Then she dissected her first (and last) frog in high school biology class and decided that a different career choice was in order. When an English teacher told her she could never be a writer because her stories were "too sappy", Laura vowed that someday she would prove that teacher wrong and become a writer, but her parents wanted her to go to college first (mainly so that she wouldn't spend her lifetime living in their house with no gainful employment while writing the Great American Novel).
It took four years of college studying business, and seven years on the corporate fast track before Laura decided it was time to fulfill the vow she'd made to herself and prove her English teacher wrong. She wrote her first novel in 1991, had her first published novel in 1994, and now has six published historical romances to her credit. For her 1997 book, Conor's Way, she has been honored with the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Historical Romance. Her latest book, The Charade, is a March, 2000, release from Pocket Books.
Laura loves writing historical romance because she has always wanted a time machine and this was the closest she could get. Historical romance enables her to go back in time, experience excitement and adventure, and capture the hearts of handsome heroes, all without leaving the safety and comfort of her home, dishwasher and cable tv.
Laura lives in Eagle, Idaho, a small town outside the state capital of Boise, and when she's not writing, she helps her parents run their construction company (which explains why they wanted her to get that business degree). She loves living in Idaho because she gets to ski and fly fish, and because she doesn't have that big-city, over-an-hour-each-way commute to work. Besides, her golden retriever, Sam, would HATE living in a big city because you can't chase pheasants and roll around in the mud when you live in a big city, and according to Sam, there would be no point to life if you couldn't roll around in the mud.
Laura loves hearing from readers, and you may write to her at P.O. Box 1143, Eagle, ID, 83616, or you may e-mail her at email@example.com.
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She is one of the authors that I started to read one book and got into reading
every one I could find from her
Her characters are great and their is romance in them.
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After reading Prelude to Heaven (Harper Monogram), I thought I'd found a new gem of an author. Now, after just barely making it through Breathless (Sonnet Books) and not even getting halfway through THE CHARADE, I'm wondering if the first book was just a fluke.
My biggest complaint? This was not romance with a historical backdrop. This was history with a little bit of romance thrown in to spice it up. There were huge sections that read like they were out of a textbook. Whenever there was a long scene of the hero discussing the growing unrest in the colonies and their need to be free of England (and there were a lot of them), my eyes would glaze over. I read romance novels for the romance, not to read about political struggle. It's fine for added interest, but not as the main focus of the book. If that's what I was interested in, I'd read historical fiction, not romance.
While the characters were pretty likeable, they weren't ones that capture your heart or stick with you for very long. I couldn't force myself to keep plowing through the dry history to find out what happened to them, because I found that I just didn't care all that much.
Another reviewer has said that this book is romance "formula". She's right. I don't always mind formula writing, as some authors can make it feel new again. I thought that Guhrke was one of those writers. Maybe I was mistaken.
I will try this author again, because I don't believe that THE CHARADE really shows her best work. I guess she's one of those hit-or-miss authors. If she's on, then the book is brilliant. If she's off, then it's rather boring. Unfortunately, I found THE CHARADE to be from the latter catagory. Not recommended by this reader. Try PRELUDE TO HEAVEN instead. It's much better.