WALTZ WITH A STRANGER
4 December 2012
Rating: 4 Cups
Aurelia Newbold never thinks a handsome stranger will ask her for a waltz. Since the accident that has left her face and body scarred, young men have stopped asking the debutante to dance at all. But this waltz changes everything for Aurelia. Determined to overcome her handicap, she goes to a special hospital on the Continent and reinvents herself as a newer, more confident young lady.
James Trevenan never expects to do anything but run his family’s mine in Cornwall. When the sudden death of his cousin leaves James an Earldom and a pile of unpaid bills, he realizes he must marry an heiress or lose all. Though his heart cannot forget waltzing with a shy, young lady on a night long before, his good sense suggests an amenable alternative. Amy Newbold is beautiful, sensible and willing to say yes.
James soon finds himself in an untenable position–engaged to one twin, and falling deeply in love with the other. His honor is pledged to Amy. Yet it is the newly returned Aurelia with whom he matches wits and shares a love of the sea. How can a man marry one sister when it is the other who is his heart’s desire?
Ms. Sherwood’s tale of two sisters treats the reader to the ups and downs of not one, but two romantic relationships. Readers will enjoy the vibrant contrasts between twins Amy and Aurelia. A lively cast of secondary characters and a mystery weaves action and a bit of piracy into the mix. Though a long read, it is a worthwhile one.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More