Against the backdrop of the English
Civil War, when sons fought against fathers and family turned against family, Cornick pits a young Royalist woman against a strong, hardened man who fights for Parliament in this intense, emotional and sensual story of honor, trust, courage and love.

Lady Anne Grafton had promised to marry Lord Simon Greville. When her home, Grafton Manor, is under siege, she has no alternative but to strike a bargain with Simon not to attack. Simon doesn't trust Anne, and the order to storm the manor still stands. Simon wins the day.

Attending to the affairs of Grafton brings Anne and Simon together, and the old spark is rekindled. Simon wants her, and he means to have her for his wife. Though he offers her his protection, she will not reveal anything about the hidden treasure rumored to be at Grafton. The tentative peace between them comes to an end with a demand for the treasure. Will the trust and love between them be destroyed ? (HARLEQUIN, Dec., 300 pp., $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond