Friday, August 1, 2008

Not On Her Own-Cynthia Reese

Not On Her Own
Cynthia Reese
Harlequin SuperRomance, Aug 2008, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373715077

In Braselton County, Georgia artist Penelope Langston wants to construct a sculpture studio for her to work by herself on her art on her grandfather’s farm. Deputy Brandon Wilkes offers to help her build her studio but hides his agenda from her. He sees this as an opportunity to persuade her to return the land that he believes her grandfather stole from his uncle.

However, she refuses to believe his story that her grandfather is an evil thief. She believes it is no more than a rationalization fable by his uncle. They argue over their relatives’ relative morality even as they fall in love; an emotion he loathes because of her roots and she embraces to overcome her loneliness. Still it all comes down to answering whose land is it?

The battle between the artist and the cop is worth the price of admission as these two enemy combatants quibble and debate their way to love. Part of the fun is that Penelope and Brandon seem like polar opposites, which enhances their dispute and sparring. The strong eccentric support cast adds a regional feel to an enjoyable rural Georgia romance.

Harriet Klausner

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