& James Lavene:
Flowers in the Night
Books (Ebook), ISBN 1-928670-45-8
But where would romance novels be without conflict? Emilie, left sterile by the polio that withered one leg, desperately wants to adopt a child. Nick struggles with the opposite problem, finding himself unequal to the task of raising his dead sister's children. Nick thinks he can overcome the challenge of parenting his nephew, but he wants something more balanced for his niece. Specifically, Nick wants to find a nice married couple to provide a strong mother figure for the girl. Soon, Emilie's desire to adopt and Nick's search for a perfect home for his niece collide head on.
Hampered a bit by its heroine's almost overwhelming perfection (despite her handicap), Flowers in the Rain still manages to deliver an entertaining romance. The heat generated between Nick and Emilie warms the story nicely. Meanwhile, Emilie's Aunt Elspeth single-handedly upholds the Ferrier family's reputation for eccentricity by spouting cryptic comments and disappearing at odd moments.
My biggest problem with Flowers in the Rain doesn't concern the romance but its editing. As I read the book, I kept tripping over incorrectly used words ("continence" instead of "countenance," "due" instead of "do"), spelling errors, etc. Too often, I found myself wrestling with the text instead of reading it, and much as I might like to, the nature of these errors and their number cannot be ascribed to incompatible browsers or interrupted downloads.
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