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by Beth Ciotta

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: 1878 Arizona Territory and California

2007 Small Press Romance Nominee

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Ciotta weaves a web of deceit and love in her western novel. First-time readers will applaud her descriptions, intricate plot and the love that develops between Emily and Seth. Even cynical readers will be enthralled with this most delightful tale of love.

Emily's secret life as an author brings her to the attention of a blackmailer, but help soon arrives in the form of one Phineas Pinkerton, a poet whose preferences are not for
the opposite sex, Emily thinks. But she reconsiders her opinion of the handsome stranger when he gives her lessons in shooting and lovemaking.

Posing as Phineas, Seth is on a mission to take a marriage proposal from his boss to Emily. But when he meets the beautiful, feisty and mysterious
librarian, he's dumfounded. The
closer he gets to Emily, the more
she pulls away. Then he's shot
and Emily's blackmailer lures her
to San Francisco. Seth follows in
an effort to rescue her and win
her heart. (Medallion, Aug., 368 pp., $6.95)

Reviewed By: Faith V. Smith

Publisher: Medallion

Published: August 2007

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