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Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Fair Amazon by Janis Susan May

The Fair Amazon by Janis Susan May
Publisher: Awe-Struck Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (245 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Jilted by her long-time love for another, Georgina Montcalm has been trying to keep the family estate going until the heir, a distant and unknown cousin arrives.

Out riding, she saves a young gentleman from a highwayman; not long after her godmother calls her to London, determined to marry her off. To her astonishment, Georgina becomes a Toast of the Town, with any number of suitors seeking her hand.

There is only one man she loves, however, and she is unwilling to take less in spite of her godmother’s attempts at matchmaking. Georgina is willing to risk anything--everything--to prove that love does conquer all.

The wide-range of characters that inhabit Georgina Montcalm’s world brings to light her many attributes. Whether she appears to be a hoyden or a queen, she is a Regency lady of note that stays true to herself while respecting the rights of the many lives she touches.

The suitors in her life; Trevor, her childhood companion and the one she vowed to wait for when he went to war; Garrick Courtland, the one she rescued from the highwayman; and Tomas Montcalm, the very distant cousin from Virginia that inherited her home, as well as many would-be suitors create a whirlwind of social maneuvering that keeps the reader guessing and the adrenaline pumping.

The despicable characters with their vices, deceits, and posturing finagle their way into the Polite World of London Society seeking position and financial security.

Janis Susan May’s delightful handling of Regency’s unique language and phraseology makes THE FAIR AMAZON sparkle. With intrigue, suspense, and humor, she slips the reader into that time in English history when dress, social functions, to see and be seen with the “right” people were of the utmost importance.

Ms. May’s tangling and then untangling the plot makes a tantalizing tale that keeps a grip on the reader to the very last page.

Regency readers will recognize the elements often used for story set in that time, but Georgina Montcalm’s story has its own special twists and turns that make it hum with undercurrents and unrequited emotions that are captivating.