Coffee Time Romance & More






ISBN# 978-0-06-112180-7
April 2007
Avon Books
850 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Mass Market Paperback
384 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Francesca is “the heiress” of the season. Her mother’s long illness before her death and father’s hasty remarriage long delayed her debut. She feels very alone and despairs that anyone will ever love her for herself; self-pity leads her into a very difficult situation.

Justin, the new Duke of Colster, wishes that he were a Scottish blacksmith again. His new position is confusing and he does not know whom he can trust. He is reluctant to trust even his twin brother. A disastrous first marriage means that he cannot trust his feelings for the beautiful Francesca either.

The new Duke of Colster has thoroughly compromised London’s wealthiest heiress. Each is reluctant to trust in the other, though their attraction for each other is very real. Justin’s past comes back to haunt him when his ex-wife seems to want him back and another of his clansmen is in search of the Sword of McKenna.

This series gets better with each book. I really liked Tavis, as Justin was known in the last one, and was happy to read his story. Francesca is the perfect historical heroine, she is independent and spunky and just a bit unconventional. I did not think much of her father or her selfish and self-centered stepmother; it seems that everyone let Francesca down both before and after the death of her mother. Her mother’s supposed friends were no better and fail to support her now. The subplot of the sword is very interesting and will make for an exciting end to the series. Ms. Maxwell always captures this era and its customs very well and her characters are so real that I felt I knew them by the end of the book. I only hope the next one comes out quickly.

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