PageFree Publishing, Inc.
Date: Sept. 2003
Reviewed: Trade Paperback
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Janet Elaine Smith
Janet Elaine Smith is the author of 11 published novels, including
best-selling Dunnottar and Affaire de Couer’s 1st
runnerup of best timetravel of 2003 Par for the Course.
She is also a well-known magazine writer, both print and online.
By Alice Duncan
Alice Duncan pens a delightful
romance, set in the post-Civil war era. Phoebe Honeycutt, from Atlanta,
Georgia, lost everything after the war, so she sets out with her
niece and nephew for New Mexico, where her only kinfolk reside.
She hires a driver, who not only takes all of her money, but tries
to take advantage of everything else she has. In desperation, she
hits him over the head with a cast iron skillet and leaves with
the kids and the wagon to make their way alone.
the wagon in disrepair and the mule balking, they seem stranded
and destined to die on the Texas plains. Until Jack Valentine, whom
Alice identifies immediately as a “damn Yankee,” comes
to their rescue. But Phoebe is not about to trust a man again.
Valentine appears gruff and uncouth, especially to a Southern belle
like Phoebe, but underneath his true colors show through when he
spots the condition of Phoebe’s worn and blistered hands.
When he tries to help her with them, Phoebe goes into a fit of silence,
and it is up to Jack to worm his way into her heart—which
he does through the children, who delight in learning his “ways
in the wild.”
convinces Phoebe to go to San Francisco instead of to New Mexico,
and along the way they acquire a third child—a deserted little
want a way to warm your heart this Valentine’s Day, Phoebe’s
Valentine is a sure bet. This one is pure Alice Duncan delightful.
It reminds me of her old Homespun books of years ago. They were
all winners, and so is this one. Very highly recommended.