Carie has a lovely and unique
way of bringing history to life.
The characters' tragedy provides
a poignant realism to the story
and a beautiful opportunity to
illustrate hope and forgiveness.
Sadly, it's a missed opportunity.
Even though the story is enjoyable
and has stirring emotional moments,
it's not compelling.

During the French Revolution, Count Christophe St. Laurent loses his entire family to the guillotine. He barely escapes to a forgotten castle in Carcassonne where, wrapped in solitude, he delves into a lonely world of science. He stumbles upon a beautiful widow named Scarlett, who rekindles his ability to love. But upon learning her husband was related to the man who murdered his family, Christophe finds his desire for revenge awakened. Scarlett embodies love and forgiveness. Can she show Christophe how to love his enemy and open his heart to her? (B&H, Jul., 320 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Terri Dukes