Marriage of convenience or a love for life? It's 1732 in Gothenburg, Sweden, and strong-willed Jess van Sandt knows only too well that it s a man's world.
She believes she's being swindled out of her inheritance by her stepfather and she's determined to stop it.
When help appears in the unlikely form of handsome Scotsman Killian Kinross, himself disinherited by his grandfather, Jess finds herself both intrigued and infuriated by him.
In an attempt to recover her fortune, she proposes a marriage of convenience.
Then Killian is offered the chance of a lifetime with the Swedish East India Company's Expedition and he's determined that nothing will stand in his way, not even his new bride.
He sets sail on a daring voyage to the Far East, believing he's put his feelings and past behind him.
But the journey doesn't quite work out as he expects...
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Choc Lit
- Publication Date: 26/08/2010
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9781906931230
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Review by deborahswift
This novel is a light read that will appeal to those readers of historical fiction who seek to escape from the Tudors in England, as it is set initially in Sweden, and this makes for a refreshing change.It is strong on character but weaker on a sense of period, but then I'm sure that is what the author intended.The main characters are likeable - Killian the irrepressible Scot, and Jessamijn Von Sandt the feisty swedish beauty. There is of course no doubt that they will end up romantically attached, but the plot of "evil stepfather withholds inheritance" has enough twists and turns to keep you reading, even though you are aware you have to suspend your disbelief whilst you are being thoroughly entertained. This is published under the Choc Lit imprint and it is exactly right for escapist chick-lit fans, to sit on a cosy sofa on Sunday afternoon with a box of Black Magic to hand. Cristina Courtenay takes us on a breathless journey from snow in Sweden to the bustling streets of Canton in China.It is very well done, and I suppose my only criticism would be that it lacked any kind of sub-text or underlying theme or substance that would make me want to read it again.