THE GREATEST OF SINS
Merrill presents a lovely story that plumbs the depths a manipulative parent will go to in order to keep young lovers apart. It’s not quite Romeo and Juliet, but it has enough emotion to touch the reader’s heart.
Lady Evelyn Thorne has adored Samuel Hastings since he came into their home to be raised by her father. She never understood his sudden departure after medical school to join the Royal Navy or his long absence. Now that she is betrothed to the Duke of St. Aldric, she must act the lady and put aside her youthful passion for Sam. When Sam returns, Evelyn is struck by his resemblance to her fiancé. Sam must face his long-hidden dreams, and he and Evelyn uncover a dark secret that will have Sam fighting to win the heart of the woman he loves. (HARLEQUIN, May, 280 pp., $6.50)