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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Thief of Hearts

Thief of Hearts
By Patricia Gaffney

This is a historical romance set in Victorian era England. I would like to say first and foremost, the jacket cover did NOT do this novel justice! It was actually a very well written book, complete with a wonderfully twisting plot! Just when you thought you had figured out the ending, Ms. Gaffney threw you a curve ball! It had me guessing all the way to the end.

This is the story of Anna Jourdaine. Her father owns Jourdaine Ship Building, and she is the only living child. With an ailing father, Anna is more than relieved to be marrying the gentleman she fell in love with 8 years ago, Nick Balfour, who just happens to be her father's right hand man. Unfortunately, Nick is murdered the night of their wedding, and Anna has to try and pass off his twin brother, John Brodie, as Nick. No easy task, since John was only hours away from hanging for murder, is no gentleman, and cusses like the sailor he is.

Both Anna and John want to prove Nick is innocent of selling Jourdaine ships to the Confederates from America. They also want the person who murdered him in cold blood to pay. Ms. Gaffney shows us that sometimes you don't always get what you want, even in a romance novel!

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