THE LANDLORD'S BLACK-EYED DAUGHTER
Based on Alfred Noyes’ poem, “The Highwayman,” Dennis’ novel reimagines the tale of the star-crossed lovers and incorporates a bit of the paranormal to heighten the suspense and the passion. The fast-paced and clean, clear writing style suit the adventure/ romance so well that you won’t mind the contrived ending.
Ex-soldier Rand Remington is done with war and hypocritical noblemen. He appears to be the perfect gentleman, but he is the feared highwayman who robs from the rich to give to the poor. When he meets authoress and innkeeper’s daughter Elizabeth Wyndham, she seems familiar. Rand haunts Elizabeth’s dreams as the knight in shining armor; he’s even the hero of her latest medieval novel. Did they know each other in a past life? They are thrust together by Lord Stafford’s unwanted advances on Elizabeth, and as the lord swears he’ll bring Rand to justice. The imprisoned couple must use their wits to evade the noose! (SOURCEBOOKS, Apr., 400 pp., $7.99)