Heaven Sent Book Summary and Study Guide

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Leisure, Jan 2002, 5.99, 315 pp.
ISBN: 0843949554

    In 1868 in San Juan Capistrano, California, Matilda Rose Applebee wakes up Cooper Davis in his hotel room while pointing the muzzle of a gun at his heart. Matty plans to bring back Cooper to her family ranch in order for the low down snake oil salesman to marry her younger sister Phoebe, pregnant with his child. Though he admits he attended the social she mentions, Cooper denies having his way with Phoebe or any other woman that night, but Matty refuses to listen to his argument.
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    Cooper is an undercover Pinkerton Agent whose trail of an outlaw gang has gone cold. Since he needs to start over in San Francisco, Cooper decides to escort Matty back to her ranch, which is on the way. He informs her that he will return with her as her prisoner. On the trek to her family ranch, Matty and Cooper begin to fall in love. However, he cannot afford an entangling relationship if he is to remain in law enforcement and she wonders if he sired her sibling's unborn child.

    HEAVEN SENT is a congenial western romance that entices the audience with its likable lead couple. The story line moves briskly forward as Matty and Cooper struggle with their attraction for one another vs. their doubts about anything permanent. Though some intrigue adds excitement to the story, that subplot takes away from Sandra Madden's tremendous Americana historical relationship drama.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   American "wild west" era Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   loving someone from historic enemy Seduction/coercion/force    -   Yes Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   investigating theft/fraud Captor, in love with    -   Yes Who seduces whom?    -   mutual seduction

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   champion of justice


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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