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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reissue edition (2 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553581171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553581171
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.4 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,549,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of my personal favorites."
--Linda Howard
"A writer of uncommon brilliance."
--Romantic Times

"One of my personal favorites."
--Linda Howard

"A writer of uncommon brilliance."
--Romantic Times

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Elizabeth Thornton, author of the nationally bestselling Whisper His Name and You Only Love Twice, combines ravishing romance with spellbinding suspense in her most dazzling love story yet....
Throughout Sara Carstairs' trial for the murder of her sister's husband, Max Worthe had studied her cool demeanor in the dock, fascinated by her even as he was convinced she was guilty as charged. For three years after the ravishing heiress was acquitted, he used the power of his newspaper to pursue the truth--hoping to find the still-undiscovered body of the murder victim and at last prove Sara's guilt. But not only had the body disappeared without a trace, so had Sara Carstairs....
When Max finally catches up with Sara by sheer chance, he doesn't even know it's first. By the time he does, it's too late--they've already spent a night together that both of them know they will never forget and can never repeat. Has he fallen in love with the woman of his dreams or with a cold-blooded murderess? And has she put herself in the hands of a knight in shining armor--or a ruthless scoundrel bent on destroying her?

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I loved this book and found it difficult to put down once I had started reading. I have read several of Elizabeth Thornton's books. They are all of a high standard - writing, plot and characters. Sara and Max were both strong characters and the story unfolded from both their viewpoints - which is much my preferred format. This is a love story and a murder mystery and I was carried along in the flow - always wanting to know more as layer after layer unfolded.

I am sure I will be re-reading it very soon, and would heartily recommend this book and author.
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A scintillating love story based on suspicion, murder and dysfunctional families. I absolutely loved it and have no hesitation in recommending both author and her historical novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner complete with plot twists and surprises. 4 Mar. 2000
By Bonnie Gilbert - Published on
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Throughout her trial for the murder of her brother-in-law Sara Carstairs remains impassive and quiet. Everybody knows that she is guilty but she is still set free because they can't find the body. Newspaperman Max Worthe had studied her cool demeanor throughout the trial and although she was deemed innocent he vowed to the truth. The problem was that Sara had disappeared after the trial.
Three years later Sara and Max meet by chance. At first Max doesn't recognize her but he quickly realizes his error and vows to stick by her side for the story. Although he knows that Sara is a possible murderess and has had a leigion of lovers, he finds himself attracted to her. Is the woman that he falls in love with a murderess or is there something that the heiress is covering up?
Strangers at Dawn is a page-turner that will have the reader hooked from the first page of Sara's trial to the last page. Mystery, intrigue, romance and family scandals will sure to please. This is one of those books that can't be put down, complete with plot twists and many surprises. I highly recommend clearing the day to read this excellent book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Original 4 Aug. 2003
By anonymous - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When Sara Carstairs is acquitted of the murder of her brother-in-law, Max Worthe knows instinctively that she is hiding something, especially when she disappears without a trace after the trial. For the next three years, he uses his newspaper to keep the story alive and find the truth of what really happened the night William Neville disappeared. After a chance meeting with Sara herself, Max is angry at himself for being very attracted to a woman he believes is a murdering slut. Despite his feelings, Sara is apparently in some serious trouble and he is determined to help her whether she wants it or not. Sara's feelings for Max are just as jumbled. She hates him for the condemnation he has subjected her to in his newspaper, but is also mutually attracted to him. However, someone wants her dead and Max isn't giving her a choice in his protection so she grudgingly accepts his help. Together, they come up with a plan to draw out her enemy but the closer they get to the truth, the more desperate he becomes and the more danger they are in.
Strangers At Dawn is a definite page-turner with great characters. The two leads are strong people who are very likable. I wasn't sure if I would like Max at first. He comes off in the beginning as very judgmental and harsh, but he develops into a great hero and he is able to own up to his mistakes and apologize. And don't we all secretly want someone like Max who is determined to protect and defend us? Sara is also a very lovable heroine. She's strong, caring and mature. She's had a very hard life, but she doesn't let it warp her. This is my first story by Elizabeth Thornton and I was very impressed. I'll have to read more of her work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Passionate Regency Romance 5 Jun. 2003
By M. Rondeau - Published on
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The opening pages of this romantic intrigue has the heiress Sara Carstairs, appearing to the public as a demure, respectable beautiful young girl, on trial for the murder of her sister�s husband. Public opinion had her condemned as not only a cold-blooded murderess but as a scarlet woman whose sexual appetite was legendary. Max Worthe, Lord Maxwell, owner of The Courier was mesmerized by her cool, unattached demeanor so that when the verdict came down as not guilty and she was acquitted of the crime, he was bound and determined to uncover the truth. The fact that Sara, quickly disappeared after the trial did not daunt Max as over the next three years, he would continually run pieces re-hashing the crime as the deceased�s father would increase the reward for any information leading to his son�s body.
Now, three years later, after living in obscurity, Sara is being taunted with threatening notes and she is on her way back home, where she plans to marry and break the trust she holds to distribute the funds to her family. She then plans to go to America to start a new life. Whether accident or providence, in attempting a midnight tryst, Max would stumble onto Sara and the instantaneous attraction would leave him totally shaken. Not until later would Max realize that the beautiful woman who haunted his dreams was the woman he labeled a cold-blooded killer, or would he discover that she was truly an innocent, protecting someone dear to her.
This very passionate romantic intrigue has become the trademark of this outstanding author. She couples very strong lead characters together with edge of the seat nail biting suspense as the reader tries to determine who did what to whom! The pages will fly and the book hard to put down as the characters are revealed layer by layer, and the twists and turns of the plot become as exhilarating as the burgeoning sensual romance. This should definitely be on everyone�s read list!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read this one if you can 6 Dec. 1999
By Sarah - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What a delightful read. Ms. Thorton weaves a wonderful tale of love, ambition and intrigue. Her characters come alive as you read about them. Sara's development throughout the story is a pleasure to be a part of. Her love of her family never dims, though there are reasons enough to be doubtful. Like a true hero, or matriarch (though she is quite young), Sara does what is best for her loved ones, even at the sacrifice to herself. You never quite know what she is or is not capable of.
Max is also an interesting character to read about. He has high morals and is not afraid to admit when he is wrong. (Which he does quite a few times.) Everything is not about selling his newspapers, though that is definitely important. It is nice, for a change, to have characters who communicate as opposed to a typical "misunderstanding plot". My biggest criticism (and its quite minor at that) is that I felt that Max was swayed a little too easily in his faith in Sara. He spent 3 years of with a complete conviction of her guilt, yet was willing to believe in her after a fairly short acquaintance. The confirmed bachelor, still running with his college friends, would probably not "fall" so fast.
Strangers at Dawn is a great book, not to be missed by those who want an enjoyable read.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Publisher stalks woman he thinks is guilty of murder. 7 Nov. 1999
By Affaire de Coeur - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sara Cartairs who was put on trial for the murder of her sister's husband was acquitted and disappears from public view. She makes a new life for herself in obscurity. Max Worthe, Lord Maxwell enters her life and they become lovers. Max, owner and publisher of the Courier covered the notorious trial. He became convinced that the beautiful young woman on trial was guilty, After the acquittal, he uses the power of the press to keep the case alive. For three years he searches for her. But when he does find her, he doesn't recognize her. And when he did realize who she was, it was too late--they were lovers. Elizabeth Thornton's imagination has taken a grand twist with Strangers At Dawn." Our hero must reconcile his preconceived notions with the woman he has come to know intimately while Sara must trust a man who believed she had done murder. A page turner with great plot twists which tighten in drama and heighten in passion.
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