by Sandy HusebyOctober, 2000
Surviving temptation Temperance O'Neil has taken on the most chauvinistic powers of New York in the early 1900s as an advocate for women's rights. In Jude Deveraux's Temptation (Hardcover), Temperance is forced to deal, not with abstract issues, but the personal lives of the people of McCairn's Island, and James, the island laird. Her stepfather's scheme to match Temperance with his nephew, James, takes its own convoluted course as Temperance puts her organizing skills to work on both James and the island folk. Developing cottage industries isn't enough, however, as Temperance refuses to settle for a reluctant bridegroom.
Sandy Huseby writes and reviews at fireside in Fargo or in a hammock under the northern Minnesota pines.