Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Notes in Review

by Carol Cox

The year is 1893; the setting is the Chicago World’s Fair. Handsome Columbian guard Stephen Bridger delivers a lost child to the Children’s Building. In the busy, chaotic atmosphere, children often become separated from their parents. It’s nothing new.

Emily Ralston signs the little boy in, unaware that the action means the end of life as she knows it. The charming toddler, obviously suffering more than just separation anxiety, is only the first small piece in an intricate puzzle.

Two days later, the body of the child’s mother is found on the fairgrounds. In an effort to protect little Adam from the dangers that claimed his mother’s life, Emily and Stephen make themselves targets to the same deadly enemy, risking their lives—and their jobs—as they do so. But as they work together to keep the little one safe, Emily finds herself in danger of losing her heart to the gentleman guard.

Can they keep Adam whole and happy without forfeiting their own lives? And will it prove possible for a young woman raised in an orphan home to claim the heart of one such as Stephen Bridger, whose past and future seem so far removed from anything she dared ever dream for herself?

A Bride So Fair is the third in Carol Cox’s A Fair to Remember Series. Several characters will be recognizable to readers of the other two books, and it’s so much fun to see what’s happening in their lives now—after the “end” of their story. Given the author’s flair for creating unbelievably real characters, it’s like running into old friends and catching up on their lives since you saw them last. The added little touch of history surrounding the Fair is a pleasant bonus…to say nothing of the sweet, delicately woven romance threaded throughout the storyline.

I loved the previous World’s Fair books, and A Bride So Fair did not disappoint. It’s another beautifully written tale packed full of all the components that make a reader long for the next book from any author. Good job, Carol Cox—keep ‘em coming!

Reviewed by Delia Latham
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