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SLATER HOUSE
PATRICIA ROSEMOOR
ISBN# 0-373-22924-0
June 2006
Harlequin
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, M3B 3K9 Canada
Paperback
$4.99 U.S./$5.99 Canada
256 Pages
Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4 Cups

Melanie Pierce is an award winning documentary video director. Her latest video, The Weaker Sex, shows victimized women how they can learn to live positive lives. When a PI informs her that he has been hired by her grandfather to find the whereabouts of her mother, Melanie refuses to believe his accusations. The man claims her mother is not Olivia Pierce, but rather Olivia Slater, who ran away from home at the tender age of eighteen.

Olivia Pierce/Olivia Slater wishes to keep the past buried and leave well enough alone.

Ross Bennet, an architect, has been called in to restore a wing and bring it back to life in the Slater home. After meeting Melanie, a simmering passion gradually forms.

After all these years, Melanie never knew the real truth about her mother. She thought her grandfather was dead, but a private investigator tells her otherwise. Melanie believes if she goes, she can unlock any past secrets. There has to be a reason her mother ran away at eighteen, changing her identity. After she arrives, Melanie meets Ross, who is refurbishing some of the Slater house. He finds Melanie striking and hopes to learn more about her. He is unaware about any curse that many say resides in the Slater home and the family members, but someone plans to make Melanie disappear just like her mother. The Slater house carries many secrets and Melanie’s newly discovered grandfather would like for her to stay on and learn more about the family she never knew. With her mother in possible danger, and Melanie also possibly falling prey, she finds herself trusting in Ross. He wants to help her flee a tragic past, while sharing a future with her that is filled with new memories.

Slater House is a book filled with interesting characters, crisp dialogue, and back-biting action. Melanie is a great heroine exhibiting a wide range of emotions after learning past secrets her mother hoped to stay buried. Ms. Rosemoor pens a tale that takes center stage with vibrant characters, imagery that sparkles through the pages, and entertainment at its best when Melanie visits Slater house. Her remarkable style of writing makes this book a page-turner. This reader could practically feel the intensity that spins through all the characters as twist and turns abundantly flowed in this superb tale. This is a wonderful read.

Cherokee
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
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