Saturday, July 24, 2010

Book Review: Vanishing Bride

Author: Magali
Title: Vanishing Bride
Publisher: Mystique Books
Publish Date: August 1977
Rating: 5 Stars
Book Blurb: "Your husband will never find you..."
In the desolate mountain fortress, Marion Maresco tried to piece together the shattered remnants of her life. But her precious calm was soon swallowed up in a maelstrom of intrigue and trickery, which swarmed through the ancient walls of Castel Terralba.

Not the least of her problems was the fiercely handsome Marquis, Don Carlo de Terralba, who did not suspect the real reason for Marioun's sudden appearance in remote Sardinia.

Fearing detection, Marion attempted to escape another situation that had become unbearable to her. But no one escaped the Marquis!

Review: For a book that is well over 30 years old, the story holds up really nicely.

Marion starts out a bit wishy washy, but when she returns home after a near death trip, she over hears her husband talking about her and how he plans on swindling her company out of everything, to his sister. (A sister Marion didn't know existed)

She takes things into her own hands and ends up in Italy as a governess while a PI and her attorney sort out her soon to be ex-husband. But she isn't in Italy without duties. She's supposed to find out how the family is treating a little girl, Lucy, who had been kidnapped 3 years prior from her cabaret singing mother.

Marion gets close to the family of the little girl and her conscience kicks in. She also finds herself more than a little bit attracted to the Marquis. I really liked that the writer didn't have her act on her feelings especially as she didn't know how the dissolution of her marriage was coming along.

She also proves her strength when Lucy was again kidnapped and she hunts down the PI and singer who were trying to spirit her out of the country, even though most of the family felt that she might have been helping them take the girl away.

This was an excellent book for the time period it was written in. Well worth reading.


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