Jack Caldwell is desolate over his supposed cowardly and traitorous behavior—behavior which resulted in wounds that have sent him home to recuperate. While attempting suicide, he is saved by a beautiful young woman who recognizes him as the man who had saved her from the French mob many years earlier.

Marianne is kept a prisoner by her guardian, who accuses her of being mad in order to control her inheritance. These two lonely, desperate souls find comfort and love with each other. Now, each is determined to find a way to rescue the other from the nightmare that life has become.

Allison Lane tells a tale of two KINDRED SPIRITS, who can't believe the best of themselves until they see it reflected in the eyes of a loved one. This touching tale is flawed by the main characters' overindulgence in morbid and fruitless ruminations, which do little to move the story along. (Nov., 224 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Teresa Roebuck