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Harlequin, July 2003, 304 pp.
ISBN: 0373218311

After being away from her family home for eight years, Mariah returns to Henry Island, North Carolina to spread the ashes of her deceased father all over the isle. However, when she reaches the Outer Banks Island, she finds widower Gray Hallowell using the home she inherited from her father. He has a lease so she moves to one of the other cottages, but her odious extended family occupies all the rooms except that normally used by the cook.
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Gray is surprised that he is attracted to Mariah because he has been woman dead since his beloved spouse died from cancer while carrying his unborn child, who also died with her. Though everybody wants him to leave, Gray refuses as he promised Mariah's dad that he would investigate the boating accident that killed the man's wife. He refuses to quit because he cannot believe how nasty his deceased client's relatives are. As he and Mariah fall in love, he revises his quest to keep her safe from a nasty ex-husband and thugs who covet the sale of the island to pay for the debts run up by the heroine's cousin.

Though the extended family is too eccentrically nasty and incredibly selfish so that no one will like any of the adults, fans will be fond of the rest of the cast. Dixie Browning is a fantastic romance writer and UNDERTOW, her first single title release will not be her last as she shows great talent for writing the longer and deeper books. Her characters ring true, her pacing is on target and the story line is fascinating. What more can one ask from a book?

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by authorities/family Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   angst over dead lover

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   small businessman


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment 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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