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BEFORE THE DAWN
by Beverly Jenkins

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Colorado, 1870s

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Louis Montagues death sends Boston-bred Leah Barnett to the mountains of Colorado on a search for Montys long-lost sons. In the high Rockies, Leah finds herself face to face with Ryder Damien, who will not allow anyone to cheat him out of what is rightfully his, certainly not a beautiful, city-bred woman claiming to be Montys widow.

To Leah, the dangers of the West are part of the adventure. Shes determined to discover the truth behind Montys abandonment of his children.

Ryder carries many scars, some of which have never healed. But the feisty Leah gets under his skin, and when shes called accountable for Montys 30-year-old debts, Ryder offers to pay them off, if shell be his hostess. Soon she has him thinking about forgiving and falling in love. But as Leah and Ryder strive to build a fragile relationship, someone is out to destroy them.

A tangled web of family lies, murders, hatred and pain comes to light in this powerful drama, which presents an accurate picture of the West and a cast of unforgettable characters. SENSUAL (Oct., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Avon

Published: October 2001

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