A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


The Last Wicked Scoundrel by Lorraine Heath is January 2014 Avon publication. I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for a honest review.

Winnie's ball has been a magnificent success. The widow is also walking on air after a kiss from Sir William Graves, her doctor and her friend. Her happiness is short lived, however, because she has been having trouble with misplacing things and could swear she can smell her deceased husband's scent. She is afraid she is going crazy. When she confides this to Graves, he is very concerned, but not because he thinks Winnie is going crazy, but because he is afraid the evil Duke Avendale might still be alive.

This novella centers around Winnie and her road to recovery after her husband was killed in a fire. She also has had to recover not only emotionally, but physically. Not from a fire, but from a brutal beating. Sir Graves nursed her back to physical health and has watched her become mentally and emotionally stronger over time. He is in love with her, but for many reasons, he can not marry her.
As Winnie becomes more and more troubled by strange incidences, Graves and Winnie's closest friends must decide what steps to take to free her from her demons and keep her safe.
In a brief time the author manages to tell a sweet and intriguing love story and draw attention to domestic violence. Times being what they were, domestic violence was not addressed and many women simply had to live with it because they were property. The author doesn't get preachy or turn the novella into a pulpit or anything, she just allows the reader to understand the situation and empathize with Winnie and with Graves, who also has his fair share of demons.
Overall this was a very meaty novella which is a part of The Scoundrels of St. James series. I'll give this one an A.

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