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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449005852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449005859
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Setting: Cornish coast of England, 1800s

Sensuality: 7-8

Susan Carroll's newest historical will make a believer out of the most pragmatic soul! Carroll acquaints readers with Lancelot St. Leger, the son of Anatole and Madeline St. Leger--the perfectly matched main characters from her bestselling novel, The Bride Finder. Lance, a cynical soldier just home from battle, is unwilling to shoulder the responsibilities of the family's holdings, which his role as elder son requires. Instead, he focuses his attention on recovering the recently stolen icon of St. Leger power, a magnificent sword called the Bride Finder. Lance's talent for "night drifting"--letting his spirit leave his body to roam free--which he uses to search for the stolen sword, also leads him to Rosalind, a naive young widow who believes him to be the ghost of Lancelot from King Arthur's Round Table. By day, Lance's scandalous reputation and far-from-chivalrous behavior provoke Rosalind, but by night his portrayal of the ghostly gallant Sir Lancelot woos the romantic long hidden inside her. When the St. Leger's Bride Finder declares Rosalind to be Lance's soul mate, the fun begins! Add a meddling ghost, a secret enemy bent on destroying the St. Leger power, a sensuality rating of 7-8, and The Night Drifter becomes a read you won't want to put down. --Alison Trinkle --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In a desperate search for a stolen family sword, Lance St. Leger uses his "night drifting" ability to let his spirit slip through the walls of the local innAand right into the presence of Lady Rosalind Carlyon, who romantically assumes he is the ghost of Sir Lancelot looking for Excalibur. But Lance is definitely real; and when Rosalind faints at the sight of him in the home of the St. Leger Bride Finder and then revives to learn she has been named Lance's intended bride, her sheltered life abruptly takes a turn for the more adventurousAand the more romantic. Old rivalries, real danger, and an ancient curse combine in this mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful love story that will linger in readers' minds. The award-winning Carroll, who continues the story of the mysterious, strangely gifted St. Leger family begun in her best-selling The Bride Finder (Columbine: Fawcett, 1998), lives in Rock Island, IL.AKR
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Thank you Ssusan for a wonderful, magical story.
Whatever my criticisms, I did enjoy reading the story, and look forward to all the sequels I know/hope Ms. Carroll will write for us.
This is a terrific fantasy romance, and I would highly recommend it.
Suzanne Elaine Smith

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on December 11, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read "The Bride Finder" I was eager to continue with the story on the children from Anatole and Madeline. It takes place after the battle of Waterloo in which Lancelot the eldest twin son and heir has returned from the war and while his parents are on a grand tour has been left in charge. Lance, having been wounded by an affair of the heart, has turned rather cynical and would rather not have these responsibilities, but as the heir apparent, is forced into it. One more disappointment he would rather not have to divulge to the `dread Lord' his father is the loss of the St. Leger Bride Sword - a priceless family heirloom that gets passed on to the brides found for St. Leger men by the `Bride Finder'.
Most of the St. Leger descendants usually have some kind of supernatural power, Lance's is the power to separate his soul from his mortal body and night drift. Thinking this a great way to search for the stolen sword he happens upon the very young widow Rosalind, who believes him to be Sir Lancelot de Luc of King Arthur's Round Table. Rather than let her know the truth he plays along with her misconception and tells her he is looking for a missing sword - well that was part of the truth.
As it turns out, Rosalind while visiting the Effie Fitzleger, granddaughter of the original `Bride Finder' is astounded when Lance shows up with his brother Val and Effie is hit with the `tingly' feeling that Rosalind is meant to be the bride for all eternity of Lance St. Leger. Rosalind does not recognize Lance as her nightly apparition and wants no part of this reputed St. Leger rakehell. In order to woo the naïve widow, Lance has to continue as Sir Lancelot at night in order to convince her to give Lance St. Leger a chance to redeem himself during the day.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1999
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The Night Drifter is a wonderful continuation of the Bride Finder and I pray only the 2nd of many in this rich, saga. I had difficulty keeping my eyes tear-free so that I could read. The characters are so very down to earth and yet so magic filled.
I can hardly wait for the next installment; which will surely be the story of Val's bride. But of course there are Lance's children (surely)to consider. What wonderful traits will they develope? Ooow what possibilities.
The Mortmain family introduced in The Bride Finder made a reappeance in The Night Drifter, but with a difference brought about by Lancelot St. Leger in his attitude toward his contemporary ,Rafe Mortmain. This more enlightened openness of Lance brings the hope that perhaps this generational family enemy may, in time, grow from a bitter and bleak family group to reclaimed souls who do not automatically intend death to the St. Legers.
The Night Drifter and its predecessor, The Bride Finder, gave much joy. I am so glad I found them, and now must wait for their sequel(s); which I'm sure are in Susan Carroll's writers' aura.
Bravo Ms. Carroll, what a delectible banquet you prepare for your readers enjoyment!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dakota on February 21, 2006
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THE NIGHT DRIFTER by Susan Carroll is second in a trilogy of paranormal romances about an 18th century English family blessed (or cursed) with inherited magical abilities. In this book, Lance has the ability to separate his spirit from his body to roam the night in spirit form. That's how he meets Rosalind, a young widow who comes to believe she has met the ghost of Sir Lancelot of Camelot fame. Rosalind, of course, falls in love with the ghostly knight, never once suspecting he really is Lance, who she can't stand in person. And little does Lance know that Rosalind is his chosen bride, so now he must compete with "Sir Lancelot" for Rosalind's love.

The book is well written, the story engaging and fluid. I read it in one sitting, and enjoyed it a lot. Lance was a strong hero, and I especially enjoyed his relationships with his saintly brother, Valentine, and his shady friend, Rafe. In fact, in some ways, I felt this book was less a romance story between Lance and Rosalind, and more about how Lance dealt with both the people in his life (including Rosalind) and his magical powers.

What I didn't like about this book was Rosalind's character. She was a strong character, yes, but she also irritated me with her absolute devotion to loving a ghost. It seemed a little too much. I wanted her to get over it, and fast. Another thing I found strange was all the talk about how much of an experienced rake Lance was, yet we didn't get much of a love scene. Sigh.

Anyway, it is definitely a book worth reading, though you may enjoy it more by reading it in order of the trilogy. The first book, THE BRIDE FINDER, is the best in my opinion; it is also about Lance's parents. Lance's book, THE NIGHT DRIFTER, is number two in the trilogy. The last book is about Lance's brother, Valentine, and it is called MIDNIGHT BRIDE.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reviews No More on January 29, 2006
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First off, if you are a fan of mystery romance novels by Victoria Holt, I encourage you to seek out this book, because you will enjoy the living H-E-hockey sticks out of it. Susan Carroll goes one better than Holt, however; she manages to stick fantasy and mysticism into her stories that are not only charming, but are believable and touching. I can easily imagine Colin Firth as Lance--at least the one by day that Lady Rosalind believes is a cad, so that image was fixed in my mind early on. I also came to admire Rosalind for her meekness, humility, and bravery. Lance's brother Val was another of my favorite characters and, just like him, I didn't like Raif Mortmain, who would be excellently portrayed by Cary Elwes.

Rich with action, and a sweet romance that only contains one unsickening intimate scene, this is a lovely novel that genuinely makes you care for every character involved, and I can't wait to read some more of Susan Carroll's books after seeing the brief, affectionate interplay between Lance and Val's parents!
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