DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: South Africa, 1883
Olivia St. John arrives in South Africa, ready to claim her inheritancea
boardinghouse in Kimberly. The only person her lawyer trusts to escort her is
Matthew Quinlan, diamond jackal extraordinaire.
Quinn reluctantly escorts the pretty young woman through the bush as a favor to
his lawyer and friend. Quinn is attracted to Olivia, but believes that a "lady"
is not for the likes of him. Still, their sexual magnetism burns as hot as the
African sun. Olivia is fascinated by all she sees on the journey and by Quinn.
When Olivia receives a box that belonged to her uncle containing
a large stone that she is sure is a
diamond, she insists on going to Capetown with Quinnbut Quinn thinks it
is because she will return to England with the money she gets from selling the
stone. Can Olivia convince Quinn that she loves him and Africa?
This is a fast-paced tale, filled
with adventure and the excitement of discovering a new and wonderful life. Olivia
turns from a rather prim miss into a woman who can handle almost anything life
throws at her. Quinn and Olivia grow both individually and together. Ms. Waddell
is a talented writer
who brings the African bush to life.
SENSUAL (Dec., 400 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed By: Jill Brager
Published: December 2002