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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Fair Trader by Amy Gallow

A Fair Trader by Amy Gallow
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (250 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Dinner at the Captain’s table, dancing cheek to cheek, and that uniform!

The final night of Ruth Lambert’s romantic cruise is pure magic…until Matthew Parker’s duty intervenes. A night of promised passion becomes five years of “What happened?” as letters go astray and pride stifles common sense.

Their next meeting plunges Ruth into a maelstrom where a love greater than anything she’d ever imagined thrusts her higher than the heavens, drives her deeper than the abyss, and threatens every achievement of her career.

At the point when everything she’s valued depends on proving she is a fair trader, her fear for Matthew dwarfs all else, and she discovers the true price of loving.

The title indicate the theatre ground in which this story is played out. Amy Gallow sets her heroine, Ruth Lambert in the fast moving and male-orientated setting. She is constantly under pressure, and equally determined to prove herself worthy of the partnership she is striving for. So how does she meet Ms Gallow’s hero Matthew Parker? She puts them both on the ship Asiatic Princess. Matthew as Chief Engineer, and Ruth as the career woman enjoying a last fling before she adheres to the strictures of, as Amy puts it, “the nineteenth-century prejudices of the male-dominated stock exchange”.

When myths told by another crew member fail to come true, Ruth accepts her future and bows to reality and the demands of her job, and yet… there’s still time for fantasy to blend with dreams. And of course the trouble with dreams is their insubstantial nature. They tend to come crashing down around your ears.

From his introduction, there is an air of mystery about the Asiatic Princess’s Chief Engineer, and it’s not just his low profile among the passengers. There is something compelling about him that draws Ruth.

As in all good novels the author throws in several obstacles of varying sizes for Ruth and Matthew to circumnavigate. These are splice in with scenes of tenderness, laughter, friendship and sensual lovemaking.

My only problem with this story was the complete ‘one-eighty’ of Ruth’s boss. He turns from a cantankerous and obstructive boss, to benign father-figure in the stroke of a pen (and some fine trader dealing by Ruth). His subsequent behaviour is necessary for the plot to move forward, but for me, it remained the weak link in an otherwise well crafted and tightly written plot.

The sharpness of the writing and the depth of technical knowledge in this story impressed me enough to search the credits and noted the copyright acknowledgement: David Andrews.

This story has it all. Good characterization, superbly set scenes, plenty of emotion and interweaving plots that splice seamlessly together at the end and provided the much anticipated HEA.