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“Stormswept” by Deborah Martin/Sabrina Jeffries reminds me of how far the historical romance genre has come over the past few decades. I normally enjoy this author’s stories but I had trouble with the characters in this particular book and wasn’t able to really connect with any of them. I felt sympathy for the trials and tribulations that the two main couples were forced to undergo but I didn’t really feel that I knew them. The villains and secondary characters seemed weak and wishy-washy and their justification for their actions didn’t ring totally true for me and I found myself annoyed at most of them. I did like the concept and was intrigued by the struggle to keep the Welsh culture alive and thriving but overall I think this was not my favorite story by one of my adored authors.

This is a reissue of a story that was originally published in the 1990s under a different pseudonym and follows the challenges facing Juliana St. Albans as she becomes enmeshed in the struggle by those who fear Wales is becoming smothered by the English. Her attraction to Rhys Vaughan, one of the ringleaders of the rebellion, is complicated by the actions of her father and brothers and results in a heartbreaking event that casts her into limbo for years. The reacquaintance between Juliana and Rhys is challenged by the horrendous events of the intervening years but their attraction to one another is still strong. They just have to discover whether it is strong enough to overcome all of the obstacles in the way of their relationship, a difficult proposition when neither is ready to trust again.

Book Blurb for Stormswept

New York Times bestseller Sabrina Jeffries reignites a daring love affair in this intriguing tale of desire and deception—originally written as Deborah Martin and newly revised for today’s audience.

The first wedding night that Lady Juliana St. Albans spent with the dark and daring Rhys Vaughan was intoxicating, the heady culmination of her new husband’s driving hunger and her own awakened sensuality. When he mysteriously disappeared the next morning, she waited for him in hope and desperation. And when he was finally proclaimed dead in a shipwreck, she bitterly mourned the loss of her love.

The second wedding night that Juliana spent with Rhys Vaughan was six years later, after he returned to claim her just as she was about to wed another. This Rhys was different—bolder, harder, and convinced that she’d betrayed him. Only their blazing passion remains from their years apart. But is it enough to light their way through the maze of mystery, menace, and mistrust—to the love they once shared and would have to find again?

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2016 3.50