Book Review

by Michelle Jerott

Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance

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For ten years photographer/author Annie Beckett has been exploring what happened to Lt. Lewis Hudson during the Black Hawk War of 1832. Lewis was accused of desertion; history has branded him a traitor. After reading Lewis letters to his mother and fiancie, Annie disagrees.

Lewis last letter spoke of being in Black Hallow, and Annie feels sure that the answers to the mystery are still there.

Rik Magnusson has been running his familys Black Hallow Farm since the death of his father. Hes initially reluctant to give Annie access to the farm, but eventually consents. Annie rents a room in his Victorian farmhouse, omitting her theory that Lewis body is buried in the Hallow.

Annie is also working with Owen Decker, president of the local Historical SocietyRiks former best friend and the man who stole his wife Karen. Sensual tension and anger are swirling around the farm, making Annie and Riks evolving relationship all the more complicated.

Michelle Jerotts follow up to her debut novel seems sure to be another major success. ALL NIGHT LONG is filled with sensual tension and complex emotions that make it a joy to read. (Nov., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Avon

Published: November 1999

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All Night Long

Submitted by Robin in PA on November 20, 2010 - 11:53pm.

While searching for her family, photojournalist Annie Beckett finds information about a soldier who disappeared during the 1832 Black Hawk War. In search of the soldier's story, she goes to Wisconsin to Rik Magnusson's farm. Antisocial Rik reluctantly agrees to rent Annie a room in his farmhouse. They are attracted to each other, but neither of them wants to start something that they know will end when Annie is done writing her book.

Though the romance between Rik and Annie was interesting, I found the secondary story of Lt. Lewis Hudson more compelling...even if it was only told through letters at the beginning of every chapter. I'd never heard of the little-known Black Hawk War until I read this story. The author says a historical marker commemorating the Battle of Wisconsin Heights gave her the idea for the story. My rating: 3.5 Stars.

A pet peeve of mine is the cover art not matching the story. This one is really off the charts. While the story takes place at a dairy farm in Wisconsin, and Rik is said to be a tall blonde farmer, the cover shows a dark haired man embracing a woman. The pair both look like they are dressed for a night on the town...not ready to milk cows.