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by Rebecca Brandewyne

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: England, 1802

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Rebecca Brandewyne returns to her literary roots with a darkly
sensual Gothic tale set on the haunting, inhospitable Cornish
moors. On her way to take up her position as governess for Lord Jago Ransliegh, Verity Collier's carriage is attacked by highwayman Black Jack Raven. Though he steals a lock of her hair, she is left unscathed and rather curious about the masked man.

Once ensconced as part of the household, Verity learns the source
of her concern for the sad, reserved children of Ransliegh: Their mother, Tamsyn, jumped to her death three years before. Strangely, Verity begins
to hear a voice calling Tamsyn's name from the moors. One night, she is
nearly run down by the earl, and is struck by his resemblance to the
highwayman. Verity is determined to investigate, but she uncovers more than
she expects, as the moors are a haven for highwaymen, smugglers, spies
and secrets best left buried.

Reminiscent of Jane Eyre in style and content, THE LOVE KNOT
is a wonderful recreation of the classic Gothic novel, complete with feisty
heroine, brooding hero, a haunting locale and a mystery that shrouds
everyone and everything. Brandewyne certainly knows how to draw readers into a story and keep them coming back for more of her evocative prose. SENSUAL (May, 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Mira

Published: May 2003

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