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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Somewhere In North Africa by Lindsay Downs

Somewhere In North Africa by Lindsay Downs
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Historical
Length: Short (63 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

Algeria had been invaded by the Allies. Victoria Jackson, Army nurse, never saw a different invasion coming her way in the form of Navy officer Scott Murphy. Separated by the misfortunes of war, including reassignment to different posts, and the horrors of a torpedoed ship, will Scott and Vicki ever be able to make a life together?

Falling in love when the world is at war is not easy. Scott Murphy is caught in a bomb blast and lies unconscious for two days. When he wakes he sees an angel.

Thankfully the angel does not mean he is in heaven. She is his nurse, Vicki Jackson. From the first time he sees her he knows she is the woman he wants to spend the rest of is life with. Luckily for him she feels the same way. You'd think that was the end of the story wouldn't you? In a war situation anything can happen and usually does.

The war pulls them apart and throws them together again. Eventually the time comes when Scott doesn't return from a mission. Is he alive? If he's dead can Vicki live without him?

Ms Downs has written a story of intense love at a time when hate was the prevalent feeling between nations. Neither Vicki nor Scott is afraid to show their love for each other. They know they want to go forward in life together, but the war has torn apart more than one romance.

Tension threads its way through the love, friendship and professionalism of Vicki and Scott. The author keeps the reader interested throughout. Before the army and navy scenes become too much, the story dips into romance, then into the action again. The feelings of haste because time is too short, a calm oasis taken whenever opportunity allows – these scenes make the story well worth reading. The only problem I found was that it was too short.