THE WEDDING DRESS
Cates' story has an interesting premise and a strong connection to historical
legend. Although the novel's pacing is rather slow, and some characters speak and behave in an unbelievable manner, there are some creative myth and mystery elements that remains captivating throughout the story.
Jared is haunted by ghosts -- medieval ones, yes, but also personal specters that keep him from delving into romantic relationships. In spite of their "hate at first sight," or maybe because of it, Jared finds himself battling his feelings for Emma. Jared and Emma have to do some soul searching to deal with the issues that arise, and neither expects the discoveries they make -- on the archeological site or within their cautious hearts. (HQN, May, 448 pp., $6.99)