Leisure, Jun 2002, 5.99, 352 pp.
Though she kept the debt collectors away for quite a long time, by 1816 Joanna Fenton is desperate as creditors hover closer and closer to ruining her family. Her brother has vanished and the Chinese sacred two-headed dragon statuette is stolen. She needs help so she boldly goes where no woman has gone before. She enters a dive of a pub seeking to gain the assistance of nearly retired smuggler MacDonald Archer.
Mac's plans to become respectable as an above the board shipper ends the moment he meets the intrepid Joanna. He follows her as she takes him on a tour of London that would frighten dockworkers. As they work in close proximity on recovering the artifact, they fall in love, but both have reasons to avoid commitment.
ROGUE'S PROMISE is a strong Regency romance that never allows the audience to catch their breath. Yet while all that action is occurring, the talent of Peggy Waide shines through the plot as she provides the audience with two complete lead characters whose motives are understood and make sense. Ms. Waide endows readers with a powerful historical tale worth reading by anyone who enjoys good writing.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner