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Heart of the Condor Book Review Summary

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Jove, Jul 2002
ISBN: 0515133353

In 1692, Gabriel “El Condor” Cristobel de Espinosa y Ramirez takes a leave of absence from fighting for New Spain against the French and English to find his sister and her new husband though his sibling does not want to see him as he once incarcerated her husband. Though he has a price on his head among his enemies Condor does what he thinks is right anyway and sets sail for Martinique.

Instead of his sister, Condor rescues Englishwoman Lady Sarah Drake from outlaws trying to abduct her. Condor hates the English, but insists Sarah marry him for her own protection. She knows of his reputation, but urged on by the local priest, agrees. However, Gabriel vows to never give his heart to this daughter of his foes, but somehow Sarah makes him break his pledge with her love and caring. Still is that enough to form a trusting relationship with his personal history?

Laura Renken has rapidly gained a deserved reputation for her exciting historical romantic adventure novels. Her latest thriller, HEART OF THE CONDOR, is an exhilarating seventeenth century tale that employs rarely utilized locale to freshen up an often-used theme. The plot never slows down, but still enables the audience to understand the lead couple and hope for the best for them as individuals while praying for them as a couple because fans will care. Laura Renken purveys a wonderful tale that will enhance her esteem as readers will enjoy this book.

Harriet Klausbner

This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   17th century Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   loving someone from historic enemy Marriage/Married    -   Yes Marriage subplot:    -   marriage of convenience spurring real love Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   warrior/knight Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's

Setting

The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   The Caribbean

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   70% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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