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Wedding Story
by Susan Kay Law
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Avon, 2003 (2003)
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* * *   Reviewed by Liz Cooper

Twelve years before, Kathryn Bright Goodale shared an unforgettable kiss with Lord James Bennett. Unfortunately, she was married at the time, and James was one of her husband's best friends. Kate has carried the guilt of that kiss for years, and with it, fantasies of Lord Bennett stirring in her mind.

Now that her husband has passed away, Kate finds herself penniless. All the money went to his children, and Kate, their stepmother, was left nothing. When she stumbles upon an invitation addressed to her late husband inviting him to participate in 'The Great Centennial Race', she's intrigued, particularly since the winner is to receive the grand sum of fifty thousand dollars a great deal of money in 1899. But Kate realizes she can't embark on such an adventure on her own. Swallowing her pride, she approaches James, seeking his help. He's known as a famous adventurer, and although his last expedition ended in his partner's death, James grudgingly accepts Kate's proposal. As the two of them set out to win the grand prize, the passion they shared so many years ago resurfaces. Soon, Kate and James realize they're in for an experience that may result in a prize far more appealing than cash.

Despite its rather misleading title, A Wedding Story is fantastic romantic adventure. The wedding itself only takes place in the last chapter, and even then is mostly glossed over. As in all romances, the relationship between the hero and heroine is key, and the focus of the story is on 'The Great Centennial Race', which is an adventure worthy of Indiana Jones. It was refreshing to read about a heroine who was able to physically keep up with the hero through all the trials they experienced in the race. Kate is stubborn, determined, and she hates to lose all traits that enable her to push herself to the limit of her abilities, and then somehow find the energy to push herself even further. James is wonderful in his role as adventurer, and the way he protects and cares for Kate is heartwarming.

The writing is beautifully descriptive and imaginative. Kate and James travel all over the world during their journey, and Susan Kay Law expertly describes the surroundings without making the reader feel overwhelmed, or detracting from the fast paced story. If you like your historicals with a dash of adventure, and your romance on the steamy side, A Wedding Story will find a spot in your permanent collection.

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