Bantam, Jan 2001, 5.99, 375 pp.
In 1897 just outside Mexico City, archeologist Elysia Carlisle, works alone because men refuse to accept a woman of science. Currently, she is carefully excavating an Aztec burial site. Ellie shares every artifact she finds with her fiancé Viscount Peter Wentworth except for the talisman she took off the remains of a priest. Peter, claiming he needs the return on his investment, steals everything and deserts his betrothed.
Instead of crawling home to her aristocratic father in England, Ellie continues her quest with the talisman she hid from Peter. She locates the companion piece owned by Matt Deveraux. Knowing she needs help and protection even after the way Peter burned her, Ellie joins forces with Matt. While he seeks the thugs who killed his friend Angus, she seeks the legendary Montezuma's treasure, but both soon find love changes the dynamics between them.
TOUCHED BY GOLD is an exhilarating historical romantic adventure that never slows down for even a paragraph. The story line is sort of a late nineteenth century Romancing the Stone, complete with its action and passion. Ellie is a believable heroine struggling in a sea filled with outraged chauvinists while Peter is the “wicked” rogue who willingly would die for his beloved. Kristen Kyle provides a vivid description of the time and place to supplement her wonderful lead characters, leaving her audience with a wild thrilling ride.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner