Lady Maggie Graham has to marry to save her family from debtors prison, luckily, her uncle has settled on someone on her behalf. Disappointingly, it isn't the gorgeous Jamie, but his great uncle, Charles, who she must marry. Sparks fly when the nephew thinks she is a money-grubbing woman, and she cannot stand him in return. Of course this is all to hide a heavy case of lust from one each other. Maggie continues her charity work with the prostitutes and exposing the frauds who hold seances despite Jamie's misgivings. Add in the start of Jack the Ripper and a command from the Queen to Jamie to investigate and you have a very interesting time.
This report prepared by Manda
Zebra, Jan 2004, 6.99, 444 pp.
In the enlightened late nineteenth century, widow Maggie Graham learns from her Uncle Angus that she and her twin brother Justin are broke due to her sibling's gambling. Angus says that wealthy elderly Viscount Charles Langdon mentioned his interest in Maggie's welfare. He would make an ideal husband that would eradicate the Graham debt though her first reaction to her kind fiancé is that he looks more like a corpse than a living person.
However, Langdon's nephew Jamie is appalled with the nuptials between his beloved great uncle and a gold digger who scandalized all by once marrying a commoner. Though attracted to his “aunt”, he wonders if she is a deadly black widow as rumored when Langdon dies. As Jamie and Maggie become acquainted over what is best for Langdon's recalcitrant daughter, they also become embroiled in the Ripper case and end up falling into an unwanted love.
WHEN WE TOUCH is an exciting Victorian romance that fans will appreciate due to its deep look at the late nineteenth century (especially female options) and a strong cast anchored by the lead couple. The story line is fast-paced with no one quite like they first appear. The Ripper subplot adds danger and a sense of the era so that the audience receives a powerful historical police procedural inside a charming romance between two combatants.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner