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QUESTIONS OF HONOR
Genre: Historical Romance
Welsh writes of a time in history that's rarely featured in romance novels -- the beginnings of unionization in the coal mines of the United States. The plot is compelling, with several subplots that add complexity to the story. The well-developed characters are likable and make the reader care about what happens to them. The only drawback is the book's abrupt ending, which is a little weak and doesn't seem consistent with the nature of the characters and plot.
Joshua Wheaton, whose father owns Wheaton Coal, returns to Wheatonburg after 10 years of learning the mining trade in Europe. He's reluctant to see Abby Kane, his childhood friend and lover.
Abby and Josh became lovers just before he went overseas, not realizing he had fathered a child. As Josh tries to enact safety changes in the mines, he's blocked at every turn by members of the AMU Workmen, who are becoming increasingly violent. Josh works to earn the love of his son and the woman he never stopped loving while trying to unravel the mystery of who is trying to destroy the mines and his family. (HARLEQUIN, Mar., 288 pp. $5.99)
Reviewed By: Linda Roberts
Published: March 2009