First off is the final book in Nora Roberts´s Irish trilogy, Heart of the Sea (Jove). This time out is stubborn, mercenary Darcy´s turn for love, though you know she´ll fight it every step of the way, especially if it means she has to stay at home. And along for the ride is Trevor Magee, in Ardmore to build the new theatre. As always, Ms. Roberts´s characters are real and draw you into the story. You´ll be laughing and crying along with them on this stroll through the Irish countryside. I´m going to be sorry to see this family go, because they´ve been delightful. Cupid´s lent me four and a half of his five arrows for this one.
Next up is Wrong Child by Patricia Kay (Berkley). If you´re a parent, this will scare you to death, like some recent news stories. But Abbie Bernard finds out accidentally that her beloved daughter Kendall couldn´t possibly be her daughter. That discovery sends her searching for her own child. Logan O´Connell is more than a bit skeptical when he learns that his daughter Erin isn´t his, but the two parents want what´s best for both their daughters. Except that might not be what everyone else wants. Some of the family members in this tale are so familiar, it´s frightening. Wonderfully told, so have your tissues ready. I´m giving this one four arrows.
Finally this week, we have "Love´s Labyrinth" by Anne Kelleher (Jove Time Passages). Olivia Lindsley and her best friend Alison O´Neill are traveling through England both for pleasure and work--Olivia is finishing her late father´s research. While dressed in costume for a revel on their tour, the pair gets lost in a maze on an ancient estate. When they emerge, they find themselves in 1586, and a plot is afoot to force Lord Nicholas Talcott from his home forever. But Olivia finds that something she´s done may help that along, changing history, and she must set it right and in doing so, be certain that the man she´s come to love will not die in the Tower. Very interesting detail, but the story wasn´t convincing for me. This one earns only three of Cupid´s arrows.
Until next week, stay warm and happy reading!