Date: August 2003
Reviewed: Trade paperback
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age of 13 Kendra was "sold" to Tony Salvatori by her father
in payment of a debt. Salvatori, the biggest crime boss in the Southeast,
renames Kendra "Angel" and marries her. He keeps her a
virtual prisoner, always watched by his goons. When she defies him,
he physically abuses her. When Kendra discovers he was instrumental
in the death of her mother, she refuses to be his wife, but becomes
pregnant when he rapes her. Salvatori does not want her to have
any children and forces her to have an abortion. On the way from
the hospital she is able to steal their car. By various means she
finds herself in Black Mountain, North Carolina. There, bleeding
from her abortion, she seeks shelter in a horse barn.
finds her barely alive, pleading that he not let anyone find her,
that "he killed my baby." Garth enlists the aid of his
veterinarian friend, Thad Browlee, who recognizes her as Salvatori's
wife. He advises Garth not to be involved as Salvatori is powerful,
dangerous and a killer.Garth, who has problems of his own coming
to terms with the death of a hostage, refuses to abandon Kendra
and nurses her back to health.
meantime,e Salvatori has sent inquiries and investigators searching
for Kendra vowing to make her pay for leaving him. Tony's efforts
to find her are filled with violence and brutality. The final confrontation
between Tony and Kendra is gut- wrenching.
This is a
fast paced, suspenseful story with compelling characters. We watch
the transformation of Kendra from an abused girl to a woman, determined
to be free from abuse. It is a delight to witness the gentle love
which develops between Kendra and Garth.
is French's third book, each with a different theme and each outstanding.
She is superb at whatever subject she decides to explore. She writes
with a wealth of feeling and understanding for her characters. There
is assuredly a bright future for Christy Tilley French.