With some darker shading—graphic details of the refugee camps—an unabashedly romantic tale of love and adventure for a...

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A SECOND LEGACY

In a sequel to Legacy of Love, Trollope—“writing as Caroline Harvey”— takes up the story of the resourceful female descendants of Charlotte Bewick, who found love and adventure in Afghanistan in 1849. Here, she details how Alexia and daughter Carly keep up the family traditions in the 1960s and ’80s.

In 1965, when Alexia leaves school and begins working in London, she’s miserably aware of her shortcomings. Unlike her activist mother Carla and physician father Stephen, she’s not a brilliant scholar or interested in politics, but she can cook, type, and organize. Her job making curtains for fashionable society types not only gives her confidence in her organizing abilities but teaches her to sew, a skill soon to be very useful. Wooed by Martin Angus, a student of her father’s, Alexia thinks she’s in love and marries, but two years later Martin leaves her, pregnant, for a former flame. A gift of decaying Bewick Castle in Scotland from her uncle James soon tests her mettle further as she copes with daughter Carly while transforming the near-ruin into an elegant and acclaimed hotel. Doing this, she meets neighbor Duncan Mc Gill, who seems to disapprove of her work. Though attracted to him, she understands he’s about to marry someone else, but that doesn’t stop her running to him when Martin threatens her and Carly. Misunderstandings cleared up, she soon marries Duncan. By 1988, Carly, at 21, is ready to leave the nest. Not wanting to run Mum’s hotel, she decides to visit Afghanistan to experience what ancestress Charlotte did. Joining a documentary team, she falls in love—futilely—with its leader, Tom, and is moved, once in Afghanistan, by the plight of refugees. Back in London, she’s lost Tom but has found something as important—a purpose.

With some darker shading—graphic details of the refugee camps—an unabashedly romantic tale of love and adventure for a contemporary heroine who understands there’s more to life than a man.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-670-03014-7

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2001

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Another success for the publishing phenom.

UNDER CURRENTS

An abused boy fights back, escapes, then returns as an attorney to his beloved hometown, but just as he’s falling in love with a transplanted landscaper, a series of attacks from shadowy enemies jeopardizes their happiness.

“From the outside, the house in Lakeview Terrace looked perfect.” Which of course means that it wasn't. We're introduced to the horrifying Dr. Graham Bigelow, who beats his wife and, increasingly as the boy gets older, his son, Zane. On the night of Zane’s prom, a particularly savage attack puts him and his sister in the hospital, and his father blames Zane, landing him in jail. Then his sister stands up for him, enlisting the aid of their aunt, and everything changes, mainly due to Zane’s secret diaries. Nearly 20 years later, Zane leaves a successful career as a lawyer to return to Lakeview, where his aunt and sister live with their families, deciding to hang a shingle as a small-town lawyer. Then he meets Darby McCray, the landscaper who’s recently relocated and taken the town by storm, starting with the transformation of his family’s rental bungalows. The two are instantly intrigued by each other, but they move slowly into a relationship neither is looking for. Darby has a violent past of her own, so she is more than willing to take on the risk of antagonizing a boorish local family when she and Zane help an abused wife. Suddenly Zane and Darby face one attack after another, and even as they grow ever closer under the pressure, the dangers become more insidious. Roberts’ latest title feels a little long and the story is slightly cumbersome, but her greatest strength is in making the reader feel connected to her characters, so “unnecessary details” can also charm and engage.

Another success for the publishing phenom.

Pub Date: July 9, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-250-20709-8

Page Count: 448

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: April 14, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2019

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A romantic suspense that skillfully balances both elements.

THE DECEPTION

A successful businesswoman hires a smooth-talking bounty hunter to find a lead on her sister’s murder.

Kate Gallagher was the only one available to identify her younger sister Chrissy’s body after she was found dead, having run away from home two years earlier. Since Chrissy succumbed to drugs and turned to sex work to survive, her murder isn't taken seriously by the local homicide department. Kate is filled with grief and regret at not having been there for her sister, and she’s determined to find her killer as a kind of penance. Jason Maddox is the charming man Kate almost hooked up with at a local bar. He also happens to be on the payroll of the most successful investigation company in Dallas. He’s all too eager to help Kate out and spend more time getting to know the blonde he danced with at the Sagebrush Saloon. At first, Kate and Jason vow to keep things professional until the case is solved; there’s obvious attraction that they’re willing to pursue at a later date. But the increasing sense of danger mixed with Kate and Jason’s close proximity proves to be too heady of a combination. The tension never lets up as the pair visit seedy bars and interrogate unsavory characters. With a steamy romance and undeniably hot chemistry, the main characters are well matched. They’re both driven, slightly stubborn, and enjoy the adrenaline rush of catching criminals. Martin (The Conspiracy, 2019, etc.) doesn’t skimp on graphic, violent details as Chrissy’s murder leads her couple to something much bigger: human trafficking. Though not for the faint of heart given its weighty material, this is an un-put-down-able page-turner that’s sure to satisfy fans of romance and thrillers alike.

A romantic suspense that skillfully balances both elements.

Pub Date: Sept. 10, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-335-00769-8

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Harlequin HQN

Review Posted Online: June 17, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2019

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