Bantam, Jun 2001, 5.99, 370 pp.
In 1861 Scotland, Marquess Haydon Kent resides in prison waiting to hang for a murder he swears he did not commit. However, though weary, he refuses to allow a guard to abuse a child. He intercedes and takes a beating for his actions.
Genevieve MacPhail hates seeing children thrown into prison. She bribes the prison governor to release the children to her. Though she wants to help the bruised Haydon, she knows she cannot. Instead she leaves with her latest charge unaware that Haydon has followed them to her home. Unable to refuse to help a person in need, Genevieve brings him into her home not realizing that she and Haydon will fall in love even as they try to prove his innocence.
First of all this novel does not star Patrick McGoohan. Instead, the tale is an exciting nineteenth century romance starring two strong protagonists and several children and ex-cons, wards of the heroine. The hero is flawed, blaming himself for the death of his child that he knows will haunt him to the grave. The heroine is too perfect but readers will forgive Kathryn Monk because they too will fall for the charm of the abused children.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner