Sarah MacMillan just wanted to forget. To forget that she worked for an antiques firm that was laundering money, forget that her ex-boyfriend had left the country so he wouldn't be convicted of drug charges, forget that she didn't really have enough money to renovate the house she purchased. She loved the house in Harrison Corners, a small town in the Ontario woods and was determined to fix up the small lakeside cabin for her brother, Michael, who was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident. Sarah was happy just to work on renovations and dream of her new antique shop she planned on until Pierre Martin walked into her life.
Pierre Martin was determined to wipe drugs off the street - no matter what it took. After losing his beloved wife, Sue, in a drug hostage situation gone wrong, Pierre felt he had nothing left to live for. He was so close to busting up a big drug ring and then he could take a break. At first, Pierre thought that Sarah was involved. After all, with her background and her purchase of a house that had a reputation as a drug house, it just couldn't be a coincidence. However, the more Pierre gets to know her, the more convinced he is that she has nothing to with drugs - but there is something about her...
Sarah felt that she knew Pierre somehow, even though she knows that they have never met. When she starts having strange dreams and hearing someone talking in her room, Pierre tries to tell her that it is just stress. But then she finds the diary hidden up in the chimney and discovers the story of her ancestor, Captain George MacMillan, Queen's Volunteer Cavalry, who disappeared in 1838, leaving his wife and child behind. No one knows exactly what happened to George, but there is a rumor that he ran off with a woman he met during the war named Isabelle. Determined to figure out just what is going on, Sarah heads for Quebec and starts digging for clues, only to discover that Pierre is a descendant of Isabelle. The more Sarah investigates, the more mysteries come to light - what happened to George? how are Pierre's distant cousins involved? who else knows the story of George and Isabelle? why are women being attacked and murdered who have vital information for Sarah? As Sarah struggles with her feelings for Pierre, she also must come to believe that life and love come when you least expect it...
This report prepared by Debbie
Novel, May 2002, 246 pp.
In 1838 in the Upper Canada wilderness, Queen's Volunteer Cavalry Captain George Macmillan steps into a snow hidden animal trap. A man arrives, but is pleased to have snared George. Instead of rescuing the injured soldier, the man bids George a good life in heaven where he might eventually meet Isabelle.
Sarah Macmillan fled Toronto because she needs to start over after taking blows professionally and personally. Her employer, antique dealer/interior designer, apparently laundered money while her former-boyfriend sold drugs before leaving town for the Caribbean. Unfortunately for Sarah her newly purchased remote abode has a reputation too as drug dealers used the house. Mountie Pierre Martin thinks three connections to illegal operations are too coincidental and so he decides to go undercover and observe Sarah. He persuades Sarah to rent him a cabin. However, the last thing the law enforcement official expected is to have feelings for landlady especially since he loathes anyone connected to drug trafficking after dealers killed his family. Stranger is the sense that he and Sarah share a past that someone else is aware of and plans to insure the duo remains apart even if the actions of 1838 are repeated in the present..
BELOVED STRANGER is a fascinating reincarnation romance that never slows down until the final page is written as the audience is hooked into needing to know how the plot ends. The story line is loaded with action that leaves the audience believing in the impossible. However, the key to the tale resides in the two prime stars. Both are flawed individuals struggling with relational problems from their current life and coping with what seems insane, connections to mysteries of 1838. Fans of paranormal romance will delight in Patricia Crossley's exciting novel.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner