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by Ana Seymour

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Ireland, 1500s

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This spin-off from the Riordan Brothers trilogy features family friend Dr. John
Black. John has seen enough bloody battles and is taking a well-deserved reprieve.
On his way to Killarney, he encounters some boys dunking a girl into a pond. John
rescues the child and brings her home.

Though grateful for John's concern
for her daughter, Daphne, Lily rejects
his offer of help. Shunned by the villagers and labeled a witch, Lily does everything
she can to protect Daphne from those who believe her daughter's club foot
is a mark of the devil.

John's determination to befriend both mother and child leads them all on
the road to love and danger as John must
protect those he loves from their enemies.

Though not as emotionally powerful as her previous novels, this character-driven
romance is a touching story of a mature love. The addition of Daphne's physical
problems, Lily's family secrets and some familiar characters are all lovely
to a satisfying, quietly moving love story. SENSUAL (Dec., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Jove

Published: December 2002

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