This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for Swear by the Moon
Date of Review: 11/28/01
Shirlee Busbee is well known for having a fine collection of historical knowledge, strong characters and good sense of humor in her story-telling. This latest title, SWEAR BY THE MOON, is no exception, with a nicely laid plot, an intriguing mystery and some delightfully cunning familial interference.
Thea Garrett is everything the ton expects her to be; outrageous, notorious and oblivious to their soft spoken barbs. With her scandalous past, how could she be anything else? In reality, she is loyal to her family and determined to never marry. Using her sordid past as a barrier, she hides from her personal demons and devotes herself to the comfort of her family - particularly her spoiled younger half sister, who's husband has squandered her inheritance through his gambling debts.
Patrick Blackburne is a wealthy American plantation owner and known scoundrel who has traveled to London to renew ties with his mother. Soon after his arrival in London, she asks for his help to recover some embarassing letters from her past that have recently surfaced.
An unlikely pair, Thea and Patrick are unwittingly thrown together as co-conspirators in a web of blackmail and deceit, pitted against a common enemy in a desparate search for a murderer. For both, family honor is at risk, and neither are willing to give up the game once it has begun. As their attraction for one another grows, so too does the mystery that surrounds them...a mystery which must be solved before they can truly find happiness.