From Publishers Weekly
Wilkinson populates an unusual premise with stock characters and a meandering plot line. Just outside 1806 Windsor, England in the Lowara gypsy camp, Jade runs away from an unwanted betrothal and encounters Evan Dark, a visiting part-gypsy American. Despite Jade's protests, Evan brings her back to her family, who then force the two to marry. Evan declares the Roma ceremony illegitimate and decides to return to his fiancée in America, bringing Jade and her sister along as indentured servants. When they arrive in his South Carolina plantation, it is clear to Evan's fiancée Gloriana that Jade is much more than a lowly servant, and when Evan reveals that he meant to stay married to Jade all along, Gloriana schemes to pull them apart. Even die-hard gypsy fans will struggle to stay interested. (Mar.)
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Jade, a young Gypsy, ran away from her tribe and lived with a mainstream Regency-era family in England until she was found and returned against her will. Promised to an abusive man, she tries to escape and take her sister with her. Her father, not impervious to her distress over Dimitri, makes a deal to wed her to Evan Dark, the half-Gypsy, half-American grandson of the leader of another tribe. Fleeing this arranged marriage, too, Jade escapes only to be captured by Dimitri. She is rescued by a redcoat, who turns out to be Evan Dark. She marries him but refuses to acknowledge the marriage, making a deal, instead, for Evan to take her as his indentured servant, along with her sister, to America, where he plans to marry a woman who will unite her huge plantation with his. Although Wilkinson’s characters lack deep-seated motivations, the story of a Gypsy rejecting her culture is original, and Jade’s protectiveness of her sister is touching. --Diana Tixier Herald