After being held captive by rebels for 18 months, Matthew Quinn escapes and moves to the country to get a fresh start. Fliss signs on to be his housekeeper, and the sparks fly. But Matthew has some baggage from his captivity that he is afraid to share with Fliss. Still, the more he's around her, the more he begins to have hope that he can once again be the man he was. Though the premise sounds intriguing and fresh, Anne Mather's Savage Awakening (1) is burdened by slow pacing and a tedious tone. Even the characters feel like they're just killing time until they can get to their happily ever after.