Dell, Nov 2002, 5.99, 368 pp.
A destitute American widow, Alberta Brown sails on the Seaward Lady to England to rectify some of the misdeeds caused by her late scandalous husband to include the return of a ring to its rightful owner. On the sea voyage, several accidents occur to Alberta that makes her wonder if someone wants her dead. Only luck and her reactions save her life as unbeknownst to her someone hired Lester Redfern to kill her. At the English dock, Lord Robert Jamison awaits Alberta's arrival, having promised their mutual friend Lady Elizabeth that he would escort the American widow to her country home.
As the attempts to kill Alberta continue, Robert saves her life several times. They begin to fall in love, but she has been burned once in marriage and vowed never again. He knows that he first must uncover the identity of her enemy, not just the thug carrying out orders, to keep her safe before he can plead his loving appeal that they belong together forever.
WHIRLWIND AFFAIR is an exhilarating historical romance starring two delightful lead characters. The story line is typical of the Anglo-oceanic romance, but freshens that theme through several character revealing traits to include the immediate identity of the hit man and the twist that the male aristocrat seeks marriage and not to beget an heir. Though Alberta seems dumb at times as she ignores danger from a wannabe killer and a wannabe lover, readers will admire her all the more for her ethics as she stars in a strong tale that the audience will appreciate.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner