by Wendy Lindstrom
Category: Fiction / Historical
0 pages; ISBN: 0-312-98294-4
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Denise M. Clark
By Wendy Lindstrom
St. Martin’s Press – April 2003
Reviewed by Denise M. Clark
The second in a trilogy about the Grayson brothers, The Longing picks up where the first book in the series, Shades of Honor, left off. Kyle Grayson is reeling with heartache and a deep sense of betrayal from a ruined courtship, a courtship which saw his fiancée marrying his older brother, Radford.
Burying his disappointment in work, he is disturbed by his long time mentor and friend’s hesitance to repay an overdue debt. Confronting the man, he is again emotionally battered when, in the midst of an argument, the man suffers a heart attack and dies, his last request pleading with Kyle to marry his daughter, Amelia.
Circumstances force Amelia and Kyle to do just that, but past secrets and mistrust prove an almost insurmountable barrier for them to overcome. They both long for love and stability, yet both must first deal with their pasts before they can even think of looking forward to any kind of a future together. Whether they’re strong enough to do that remains to be seen.
Ms. Lindstrom’s fantastic characters are a treat, as is her rare ability to immediately develop conflict while at the same time introducing characters with enough depth and dimension to instantly captivate the reader in their dilemma. Her plots are expertly rendered, forging a relationship that compels urgent, can’t-put-down page turning. With The Longing, the author has proven her writing skills, and as such, this reader knows Ms. Lindstrom will never disappoint.