"Once bitten, twice shy" is the law that Oriana St. Albans lives by. The young widow was wrongfully used by a dissolute lord and so ridiculed by the gossips, that "privacy" is the goal she strives for.
Meeting Dare Corlett, she feels an instantaneous flame spark between them. Dare is determined to have her and is a gentle persistent suitor. The evolution of the emotion he declares as "an affectionate, loyal, decent feeling" to the true discovery of his love for Oriana is displayed against the background of the Isle of Manx and the lives of the people high and low.
The author has let us peer back into the daily life of estates in 1799, when landowners in essence were the givers of life and death to the people living and working on their lands. The mines were a dangerous place to work and Margaret Evans Porter has shown an insight into the hero's attempt to help his people live a decent and healthy life.
Though "Improper Advances has several sensual scenes, they were tastefully done. It was nice to see a hero really contemplate his actions and try to understand why the heroine acted as she did. This coupled with his sincere desire to win her love, gave this book an undeniable glow. Thank you Margaret!
This report prepared by Marilyn Malone