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WHEN A STRANGER LOVES ME
JULIANNE MACLEAN
ISBN#: 978-0-06-145685-5
January 2009
Avon
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Mass Market Paperback
$6.99
374 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Lady Chelsea Campion caused a scandal seven years ago that ruined her reputation and her father’s political career. She and her family have lived a life of exile on the Isle of Jersey. She occupies her time by writing books that she hopes will one day be published.
Blake does not know who he is. He remembers nothing of his life as the younger son of a duke, but is captivated by the woman who saved him.

Chelsea is contemplating writing a story about a girl who rescues a pirate washed up on her shore, and lo and behold, she finds one. Once the man recovers, he does not remember anything. Chelsea and her family need an heir to prevent a loathsome cousin from inheriting. That cousin is even willing to marry the scandalous Chelsea, a fate she wishes to avoid at all cost. Since her brother and his wife seem unable to produce a child, maybe Chelsea and the stranger can. Chelsea has not thought her plan out thoroughly and the consequences may be dire.

This book has a classic plot but the author manages to make it fresh. Chelsea is too independent for her time, and that spirit leads her into trouble. Blake is her opposite, very careful and the most staid of the Sinclair brothers. I did not like her family much, particularly her mother, who thought that marrying the vile cousin was a good option. Chelsea might have been wild, but the rest of her family struck me as a bit selfish. The setting of the Isle of Jersey is a perfect one for the story. The author describes it beautifully. The plot is full of drama and twists and turns; I never knew what to expect. The love story between the two main characters is tumultuous and compelling.

Maura
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance

 

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