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PURSUIT OF PLEASURE
ELIZABETH ESSEX
ISBN #: 978-0-7582-5154-1
December 2010
Kensington
www.kensingtonbooks.com
Trade Paperback
$14.99
352 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Lizzie is a beautiful and wealthy young woman. She is sought after but too headstrong to make men comfortable. She really wants to be independent but does not see how to make this happen.

Jamie is a Captain in His Majesty’s Navy and has been away from home for eight years. He is on a delicate mission for the government.

Lizzie would really like to be a widow. Not that she wishes death upon anyone, she just wants to be an independent woman and being a widow is the only way to do that and retain her status as a woman of good reputation and family. Jamie overhears her stating this to a friend and decides that he and his old friend can help each other out. Jamie is on a delicate mission and being thought dead will only help, especially with Lizzie to oversee his assets. As usual with carefully planned plots, things go terribly wrong.

I did not quite know what to expect after reading the blurb regarding this novel. What was presented as a rather typical “old friends concoct a marriage of convenience that is not” plot turned out to be quite unique. The plot is complex and gripping, fun, suspenseful and emotionally charged by turns. Lizzie is a great character, brave and inventive; she is able to overcome pretty much all of the circumstances thrust upon her. Jamie is less likable for all of his ideals and noble mission. He lets Lizzie down on far too many occasions. His love for her enabled me to forgive him eventually. He is a charming character for all of his faults. Fans of this genre will love this fresh new take on a classic theme.

Maura
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