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'rare, unexpected gift of love' a bit long in coming ...
on 23 May 2005
As usual Julie Garwood 'creates a rich and tender tapestry of sweet revenge, stunning intrigues and sensuous love' (as said by others). However, this time it is a bit long in coming. Johanna only starts exerting herself by the middle of the book. The reader cannot help but admire Gabriel for the patience ... and patience he extends towards his young wife - in waiting for her to find her feet in her new surroundings. Johanna is a hair's breath from being portrayed as insipid. But, the book does pick up pace and ends in the usual blissful "all's well that ends well" way of Julie Garwood. One does, however, miss the even paced fun and games (and sensuous love) of books like The Prize and The Bride.