|Publisher: Avon/Harper Collins
Date: Sept 2004
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|Reviewer: Barbara Buhrer
The Return of the Earl
In 1810 Geoffrey
Sauvage and his 12 year old son, Christian, were transported to
New South Wales. Sauvage had been convicted of theft. He was framed.
While serving his time in exile he amassed a fortune.
years later Christian returns to England to claim his title of the
Earl of Egremont. The title is claimed by his cousin, Hammond. Julianne
Lowell as a child knew Christian. Her brother was Christian's best
friend. Her childhood recollections could help identify him. The
woman who is engaged to marry Hammond, invites Julianne on a visit
in hopes of proving Christian an imposter. Julianne knew him as
a child and now is confronted with a suave and handsome, mysterious
man who is a far cry from the young boy she knew. She finds him
too attractive and secretive and therefore too dangerous to her
peace of mind. A battle rages over who is the rightful heir. There
follows a trail of deceit and danger.
As are all of Layton's,
this is a well written entertaining story. It is an action packed
story of intrigue, betrayal, deceit and, of course, romance. The
characters are all well defined with Christian a sensible and likeable
hero and Julianne a mature woman who is not easily fooled.