QUEEN OF HEARTS
May 30, 2007
Rating: 5 Cups
After ten years of gambling, James Lawrence has the ability to keep a poker face. When he gathers his winnings, he realizes the years have finally paid off. He has enough money to buy back his family’s home.
Cecilia Ashby hides a deep secret. She dreams of being a physician but the town has no need for any female doctor. The last one was driven out after twenty people died. She wonders if her dreams will ever become a reality.
James needs the big win to buy back Bell Grove, his family’s plantation. After being stabbed and left for dead in an alley killed his dreams. He awakens penniless in the care of Cecilia. As soon as he is well, James plans to make the assailant pay for his actions. Cecilia is not happy. Her brother, Hank, is not a good master at the plantation and his gambling gives her fits. She fears his gambling will force them to sell the plantation and their sugarcane field. When Cecilia finds James in the alley, it appears her life is about to change. James and Cecilia feel an intense attraction for the other, but once James learns the secrets of Cecilia and Hank, things really reshape.
Queen of Hearts is a mesmerizing read and captivated me as soon as Cecilia entered the picture. I absolutely loved the theme of this book. The story had me on the edge of my seat until all the loose ends were tied up. Phyllis Campbell encapsulates the sensations of her characters, and the soothing chemistry she creates between James and Cecilia, is like slow moving lava, it really simmers. James certainly showed that chivalry is not dead and exhibits a true gentleman in all areas. This extraordinary book reads like a vintage wine, excellent.
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