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by Beverly Swerling

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Sensuality: MILD
Setting: 1812 New York

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Swerling sweeps readers into a grand and entertaining saga of New York on the brink of war. She skillfully blends history, suspense, a treasure hunt, treachery and love into a sprawling story, captivating readers who will beg for a sequel. It's so hard to let such appealing and unique characters simply disap- pear once the book is closed.

The sequel to City of Dreams is set in Manhattan as the city struggles with the consequences of the British blockade. Gorant Blackman, a secessionist, and Joyful Patrick Turner, a skilled surgeon
who lost a hand in the war, face off when Joyful discovers Blackman has kidnapped Manon Vionne, the woman he loves. Joyful must expose Blackman as a traitor and rescue Manon. This isn't as easy as
it may seem since a fabulous diamond, brought into the city on one of Blackman's ships, evades the blockade and is at the center of a treasure hunt that involves Joyful, Blackman, Manon's father and a fortune. Excitement builds as the war closes in on them. (Simon and Schuster, Jan., 496 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Published: January 2007

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