Valerie Sherwood, Author Dutton Books $15.95 (535p) ISBN 978-0-453-00614-9
As this sprawling, frothy romance set in 18th-century England and Portugal opens, orphaned 15-year-old Charlotte Vayle falls in love with dashing young adventurer Tom Westig. It is the day when ``she first realized what it could be like between a man and a woman.'' When Charlotte learns that her profligate uncle plans to pay his debts by marrying her off to foppish Lord Pimmerston, she and Westig make a dash for Scotland (where they can be legally wed), but are intercepted by her uncle's men, who throw Tom off a cliff, presumably to his death. Charlotte is then tricked into marriage with the violent, mysterious but sexually charismatic Rowan Keynes and bears him two daughters, the elder closely resembling Tom Westig. Charlotte and Tom meet again in Lisbon but are found out by Keynes; Charlotte is abandoned and Tom, presumably, put to death again. After following the lives of Charlotte's daughters in England, the narrative brings the entire cast to Lisbon for the denouement. This first hardcover offering from the bestselling paperback novelist ( This Loving Torment ) is fast-paced, despite its predictable fairy-tale plot. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1989
Release date: 09/01/1989
Genre: Fiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-451-40220-2
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