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by Louise Allen

Genre: Historical Romance
Sensuality: MILD
Setting: 1816 France

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Allen continues her Ravenhurst Chronicles in her usual entertaining manner, with charming characters, a sweet romance and a bit of gothic-style adventure. Fun, enjoyable and quick, here's the ideal evenings' pastime.

Elinor Ravenhurst is well on the shelf at 26 and traveling with her scholarly mother through France to research churches. She has no illusions about either her plain looks or chances for marriage -- until she encounters her distant cousin Theo.

Disgraced and banished from his family, Theo is in France searching for a chalice that was stolen from him. He sees Elinor as a woman who hides her beauty, and he's intent upon bringing out her best qualities. They're thrust together in the search for the missing artifact as they sneak through an ancient castle and are surrounded by Theo's competitors. Elinor employs her cleverness and boldness to get them out of trouble and into love. (HARLEQUIN, Jul., 280 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: HARLEQUIN

Published: July 2009

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