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Kensington, Dec 2002, 5.99, 336 pp.
ISBN: 0821773224

In 1895, Nicole Cuvier finds out that someone murdered her husband. She also learns that he was a bigamist with three wives of which she was number two and legally entitled to nothing from his estate. She owns Rosewood, a failing sugarcane plantation, and desperately needs a spouse so her unborn child will not be horrifyingly labeled illegitimate.
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From the day he was born, Maxim Viel received one lesson over and over again: that he lives only to recover his ancestral home Rosewood regardless of personal cost. However, the current owner, Nicole, refuses to sell the place. Max disguises himself as a drifter in order to find a way to force Nicole into selling. She likes him so she asks Max to marry her so her unborn has a name. She will pay him with half the harvest before he drifts on. At any cost includes the price of bachelorhood so Max agrees to wed Nicole, but will never divorce her as he has completed his life's quest. However, his quest soon changes as he now wants his wife's heart. He loves Nicole, but fears once he reveals his perfidy she will loath him.

Though there are unnecessary subplots that add intrigue such as the arrival of his out of wedlock son, THE PRICE OF MOONLIGHT is an exciting historical romance. Readers will relish the tale because of the lead couple, each with a past and an obsession until love threatens everything they cherished. This Cuvier widow sequel is a strong stand alone novel that will send the audience seeking the previous book (see SUNLIGHT ON JOSEPHINE STREET) and anxiously awaiting Layla's story.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Marriage/Married    -   Yes Marriage subplot:    -   marriage of convenience spurring real love Making a living subplot    -   Yes Making a living:    -   working ordinary lives Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Is really...    -   after his/her money

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   farmer Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   farmer


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death 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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