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Monday, December 8, 2008

Passion and Prejudice

Passion and Prejudice by Gail MacMillan
Publisher: Awe-Struck eBooks
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Sunflower

Veterinarian Dr. Madison Todd believes her father has been murdered by the poisonous emissions for the town’s pulp mill and is determined to make the new owner Clay Archer pay. As Madison sets out on a crusade to close Clay’s mill, Clay just as determinedly begins plans not only to continue production but to expand. When these two unrelenting personalities hit head-on, there’s bound to be fireworks.

Madison Todd and Clay Archer are people with radically conflicting interests. She is the local veterinarian; he owns the environmentally destructive mill that she is sure was the cause of her beloved father’s death. Madison is determined to shut it down. Clay is equally determined to expand his legacy so that he can open a rehabilitation center in honor of his late mother. How can these two passionately committed fighters possibly fall in love? When they do, they are caught in an intriguing battle of principles--and the heart.

I found the premise of this book fascinating, because there seemed to be an unbridgeable gap between the two main characters, Clay and Madison. But despite themselves, and with a little help from their friends and family, their relationship grows. Ms. MacMillan paints a convincing portrait of the prototypical “mill town” where the local economy is tied to the health of the factory, even when the population is getting sick as a result. Obviously, she has done her homework--Clay is a bush pilot, and when she takes us up in the air with him, the action is convincingly exciting. I also enjoyed the wide Canadian scenery and the strong role of animals in the plot, especially dogs and horses.

The end of the book is a little less satisfying, as the author (like her characters) seems determined to tie up every loose end. I found the resolution and treatment of the villain a bit unbelieveable.

All in all, however, Passion and Prejudice is a thoroughly enjoyable read.