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JUST THIS ONCE
Genre: Historical Romance
After stealing her outlaw husband's loot and running away from his abuse, Josephine Cooper finds herself in Abilene, Kansas, hoping to find a way to get to England and discover her long lost family. That's when ex-patriot Englishman Ethan Savage catches her trying to pick his pocket and decides to use her as a means of fulfilling his father's will.
According to the will's dictates, Ethan must wed. Not wanting to be forced into an unwanted marriage, Ethan plans one of his own, to a woman totally unsuitable, hoping to play a cruel joke on his father, even in death.
What neither Ethan nor Jo count on is falling in love, or the way Jo charms nearly everyone she meets as she tries her best to be the kind of lady worthy of Ethan and his love.
Just when it seems all will be well, Jo's past threatens to catch up with her, and she and Ethan will have to find a way to prove she's more than a "lady."
Leave it to an author of such talent as Jill Gregory to take a familiar plot and add such refreshing characters, witty dialogue and adventure as to create something utterly engaging. JUST THIS ONCE enthralls, delights, and captivates; winning readers' hearts along the way. SENSUAL (June, 360 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: June 1997