Jarrett, Miranda - CRANBERRY POINT (Pocket - 1998) (3+)
This is the story of two lonely people who are ultimately compelled to question the most basic of beliefs about themselves. Miranda Jarrett writes with a flowing style that gracefully and unerringly moves the reader from scene to scene. Even though the first third of the book is taken up with relating pertinent details about the prequel, THE CAPTAIN'S BRIDE, the story line fairly flies after that. The writing in CRANBERRY POINT is not particularly sensual, but the delayed wedding night scene near the end of the book is beautifully done. It captures the emotions of two people discovering they each make up one-half of a much more complete whole. ~Connie Ramsdell for Bookbug on the Web
Jarrett, Miranda - MOONLIGHT (Pocket/Sonnet - 6/99) (4)
Amelie and her sister live above their dressmaker's shop and have established a reputation in the area as the best at their craft. Being American born but of French descent, and therefore hated by many Americans, it is critical that they live without scandal of any kind. Before their mother's death, she stressed the importance of this to her daughters, along with the fact that they should never trust a man or fall in love...for fear of heartbreak and ruin. It takes a great deal of trial and persuasion by Zach and his family to change Amelie's strong beliefs.
MOONLIGHT is a lovely, romantic story, and Ms. Jarrett uses subtle humor to develop the varied relationships between family and friends. It was a pleasure to watch the friendship between the hero and heroine develop into love. Zach is an adorable hero, demonstrating protective, tender, and sensitive qualities. He also exhibits a strong store of patience towards Amelie as she struggles with her feelings. This young captain has just the power of persuasion necessary to help his seamstress learn to trust in true love, and you will be excited when the whole Fairbourne family visits and helps him win her over. The plot twists will even have you liking the villains before the end. MOONLIGHT is a great addition to the Fairbourne saga, and I hope there are many more stories on the way! ~Carol Carter for Bookbug on the Web
Jarrett, Miranda - WISHING (Pocket/Sonnet - 1/99) (4)
Polly Bray, a young woman who was orphaned and left to earn her own way after her father died, is near exhaustion as she hauls in fish on her boat. She discovers an old bottle and excitedly opens it, hoping the paper inside is a treasure map. Instead she finds a dinner receipt with scribbling on the back—listing the characteristics of a lady too perfect to exist. Polly decides it was put in the bottle by a man who drank the contents of the bottle before writing it! When the wind begins to gust, she tucks it into her pocket...before she is whacked by the boom and thrown into the sea. As Polly begins to sink, she is sad thinking she has to die this way and realizes there is no one to mourn or miss her.
When the crew of The Morning Star pulls in a body they found floating in the sea, they think it is a young lad because Polly is dressed in boy's clothing. Samson considers the victim's family who will soon be grieving, and looks for some type of identification—surprised to learn this is not the body of a boy! Meanwhile, Polly begins to regain consciousness as she hears men discussing her. The crew witnesses the "corpse" come to life, and when Polly learns she is onboard a ship in the Mediterranean, she is equally shocked.
Thus begins the tale of WISHING, a fun adventure and a story about two lonely souls: Samson, who doesn't trust women; and Polly, who is completely overwhelmed by feelings she doesn't understand. These are two strong, fiercely independent characters who like life the way it is and do not want change. Polly is a feminist in an historical age and she keeps Samson, a confirmed bachelor, in a quandary because he can't stop thinking about her. Ms. Jarrett fills the pages with high adventure, sweet romance and humor. Readers will look forward to the next story in the Fairbourne family saga. ~Carol Carter for Bookbug on the Web
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