Melinda Jones has married Prescott Rodgers, a man nearly twice her age, and remains faithful to him until his death. When Blake Hunter, Prescotts attorney, reads Prescotts will, Melinda is shocked by the stipulations. She must start a foundation for literacy and marry within a yearor completely lose her inheritance. Hurt that those around her think shes a gold-digger, she considers giving it all up.

Over the years, Blake and Melinda have had feelings for one another but kept them under wraps. To remove the stigma, Melinda, with Blakes help, lays plans for the foundation. Now, a love thats been suppressed is beginning to mature and blossom.

SCARLET WOMAN is an intricately laid out romance with strong-willed, articulate characters. As Blake and Melinda come to terms with their feelings, they attempt to find the truth between all the lies and accusations circulating around town. (Jul., 336 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Pamela Tullos