05 March 2011

The Chain of Destiny


First line: The rose bricks of the gracious old manor house shone warmly in the late August sunshine, and the small groups of people walking towards it paused to admire the pleasant sight; it wasn't one of the great country houses but it was early Tudor, still occupied by the descendants of the man who had built it and well worth a pleasant drive through the Wiltshire countryside on a bright afternoon.

Publisher's Synopsis:

Alone in the world without a job. That was Suzannah Lightfoot's unenviable position when Guy Bowers-Bentinck rescued her. She had to accept his help - though she didn't want to be beholden to such an infuriatingly arrogant man.

"He's so tiresom and ill-tempered and impatient and he must hate the sight of me," Suzannah reflected as fate kept throwing them together.

So it was just as well, she told herself, that she wasn't prepared to join the queue of females wanting to marry him...

Last weekend the Metropolitan Library System had their huge annual booksale at the fairgrounds. People come from all over the state and even from neighboring states to attend this sale. I went with my mom, sister, aunt and a friend. In addition to the thousands of books laid out on tables, they have sealed boxes that you can buy. I bought a large romance box for $7.50, which had 160 books in it, almost all Harlequin, Loveswept, etc. type books. I'm still going through the box, a little at a time, but this is the first one I actually pulled out to read.

This is also the first book I've read by Betty Neels (that I remember anyway), though of course I see her name all the time. I love the old quaint Harlequins, and this certainly qualifies (published in 1990, the year my first daughter was born). But it was a little frustrating also. Throughout most of the book, the hero and heroine hardly ever see each other and it's kind of hard to see how they could fall in love.

Suzannah Lightfoot lives with her elderly aunt and works as a tour guide for an historical home. When her aunt dies, and then she is let go from her job, she finds herself looking for employment and a place for herself and her cat to live. Guy Bowers-Bentinck is a brain surgeon, who, while not really caring much for her or being too impressed with her, finds himself worrying about her future and trying to help her find a way to support herself.

It's a pleasant little read, but not especially compelling.

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