Sunday, July 10, 2005

Review~ A Sister's Quest

Written by Jo Ann Ferguson, published in 2000. What can I say? I really, really liked it. I'm a sucker for a well written spy-adventure romance; especially one set in the heart of Europe (Zurich, Switzerland; Vienna, Austria & Paris).

Dashing Russian spy Alexei Vatutin swoops into a Swiss boarding school & scoops up Miss Michelle D'Orage, the language mistress, convincing her to accompany him to Vienna as his translator. Michelle, reluctant but wanting an adventure, agrees. Naturally there's more to Vatutin's story than meets the eye, but Michelle perseveres. A grand, rollicking adventure in Vienna ensues~ complete with a masterly seduction in a conservatory during a party.

I enjoyed this story more because the characters' feelings evolve realistically over time & the problems they encounter are solved believably (with only one minor complaint about Michelle's stupidity concerning Prince Bartholomew). Even the ending works out well for my modern sensibilities. They plan to marry even as they plan to move to Moscow for their next spying adventure together as man & wife.

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