Pocket, Sep 27 2011, $7.99
In spite of being the offspring of an affluent business mogul Vivienne Bancroft was raised by a single mom in the Paris slums. After her mother died, her father Sir William Christie brought his illegitimate daughter to London where he arranged for her to marry Viscount Miles Durham. Following their wedding night, Viv ran away.
In 1880, she and her beloved half-siblings (Alexander and twins Gareth and Gwyneth) are in New York for the reading of their bombastic late father’s will. Also there is Viv’s husband. Executor Alain Delavoir informs Viv she is to manage the Christie Diamond Brokerage House in Kimberley, Cape Colony. Stunned she asks where that is; Miles responds the South of Africa and he plans to be there with her.
The first Christie offspring Victorian thriller is an exciting action adventure tale starring a married couple who has one night under their belt though wed for a couple of years. The key to this terrific entreating story is the vivid depiction of dangerous 1881 Cape Town. Readers will enjoy the rogue and the illegitimate finding love the second time around in the South of Africa.