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Witty, Romantic, and Adventurous
on July 16, 2007
This story opens with Sara on her knees, praying in the chapel for God to send her a husband. She has been banished by her father to the abbey because she had failed to find herself a husband, and when her father had chosen one for her, she had blatantly refused him. And now after having spent two years banished in the abbey, Sara is desparate to regain her freedom.
Cullen Longton has come to the abbey on a mission, and he will not leave until he learns the truth about his son's fate, after having just recently lost the love of his life, Aliana. Aliana's father, the earl of Balford, is a cruel man, who sent his daughter to give birth in the abbey and then ordered the baby to be killed, while Cullen had been imprisoned.
When Sara sees Cullen in the abbey, she knows that her prayers have been answered. So she strikes a deal with Cullen. Sara had secretly saved the baby, and then told the abbess that the baby had died of the pox. The nuns had allowed Sara to burry the child, since they didn't want to risk getting infected by the disease.
Sara is willing to take Cullen to his baby, if he will agree to marry her. And when he is reunited with his baby, he can leave her. That way, Sara will have gained her freedom, since she will be considered married even though her husband is away. And her father will not be able to force another husband on her, or send her to the abbey again. Cullen agrees to the bargain.
And from there on out the adventure starts, as they set out to get Cullen's son, and for Sara to get her life back. A friendship blooms between them, and sparks start to fly. The banter between them is funny and memorable, and the sexual attraction/tension sizzles. I also loved how they were honest with each other, always. The reader feels and sees them falling in love, as they get to know and learn about each other, their likes and dislikes, etc.
This was a really good read, not one dull moment in it. Cullen and Sara are very likable characters. Cullen is great, and Sara is a strong yet vulnarable woman.
However, I just found it frustrating that Cullen refused to admit his love for Sara until the last 5 pages of the book. Now I understand and admire the fact that Cullen is faithful to his love, Aliana, who had died but several months back. But the whole "confused feelings" he was having for Sara, and his indecision about the issue, just dragged a little too long.
Nonetheless, this is a very good and enjoyable read!