Bantam, Jul 2003, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1837, a man slips past the security protecting members of the royal family of Akora as they reside in their London estate. The intruder sneaks into the bedroom of Princess Amelia. He manages to abduct her and with the help of an associate escapes with Amelia as his prisoner. His compatriot implies to Amelia they expect a ransom for her, but they have a different agenda. They allow her to escape in a manner in which she thinks she did it on her own. Then Kentucky born Niels Wolfson happens to come along on horseback to complete the rescue of the Princess.
Amelia senses that Niels is hiding something from her that leaves him filled with remorse and guilt. Though quite attracted to the doubting cynical Yank, she needs to know what his game truly is. Niels cannot help but falling in love with the courageous woman he kidnapped, but once she learns the truth, he expects their relationship to end.
The latest Akora historical romance is similar to the previous tales, but is freshened up by the cunning American and by fast forwarding a score of years. The return of lead protagonists from the previous novels, albeit a generation older, adds a feeling of homecoming even while readers will appreciate the delightful duo Amelia and Niels. Though Akora seems too perfect, readers will cherish this story and look forward to a late twentieth century island paradise.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner