UNRAVELED BY THE REBEL
The sisters unite once again in the second installment of the Secrets in Silk quartet. Plenty of action keeps the story moving, while class prejudice and Juliette’s own fears stand in the way of the star-crossed couple’s happily ever after. Paul’s courage in the face of danger and his willingness to assuage Juliette’s concerns enhance this worthwhile tale.
Juliette is only 14 when she shares her first innocent kiss with Paul, who is five years her senior. They write when he goes away to medical school, and eventually he asks her to marry him. But she stops answering his letters. When he returns as a doctor, she attempts to convince him she’ll never wed. Paul is unaware Juliette is carrying a dark secret. Her vicious neighbor, an earl, wants her parents’ land and burns them out. He also wants Juliette. Paul is instrumental in helping Juliette rebuild, as the earl had his father hanged. But Paul has a secret of his own: He wants Juliette to accept him as a doctor — not the viscount he’s recently become. (MONTLAKE, Sep., 350 pp., $12.95)