Avon, Jun 2002, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1818 England Lady Juliet confronts Morgan Pryce, who “abducted” her two years ago. Juliet remembers his kisses, which have spoiled her for no other man seems to measure up to Morgan. However, the bounder insists he is Morgan's identical twin Sebastian Blakely. Apparently, the Bow St. report was incomplete and filled with misinformation.
Though Sebastian is quite persuasive, Juliet refuses to believe that he is not Morgan because the sparks between them remain as strong as those between her and her abductor proving the kisses could not be from two different males. Juliet rejects the notion that she is so fickle that she has fallen in love with two men. Instead Juliet concludes Sebastian is hiding something from her and when she discovers the truth she will know why he deserted her two years ago when they eloped.
AFTER THE ABDUCTION is a humorous Regency romantic romp that uses a partial The Comedy of Errors twins misidentification theme to quite amusing levels. The story line never takes itself very seriously though a taut subplot involving smuggling and Morgan feels more like tension relief interference from the comedic exchanges between the delightful couple. Sebastian is a wary responsible individual carrying the weight of two men on his shoulders. Juliet is the novel with her courage, persistence, and love. Wait till you see her using Holmes logic during a test at the end because that sums up one of the better female protagonists of the year. Sabrina Jeffries provides sub-genre readers with an entertaining novel that will bring her fan and critic accolades.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner