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Swear by the moon
Busbee, Shirlee.
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Warner Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Warner Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
407 pages ; 18 cm
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Haunted by tragedy and scandal, Thea Garrett guards her wounded heart by never giving a second thought to love. That is until the brooding handsome Patrick Blackbourne, a man protecting wounds of his own, lays eyes on the remarkable Miss Garrett.

Author Notes

Shirlee Busbee was born on August 9, 1941 in San Jose, California. She received a certificate from the Burbank Business College in 1962. She has worked as a receptionist for the Marin County Title and Abstract Co., as plant supervisor for Fairfield Title Co., and as secretary and drafting technician for the County Parks Department of Fairfield, California. She started writing historical romance novels in 1977. She has written over 18 books including Gypsy Lady, Lady Vixen, Love a Dark Rider, A Heart for the Taking, and Love Be Mine. She has received numerous awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award and Affaire de Coeur's Silver and Bronze Pen Awards.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Thea Garrett did the unthinkable for a wellborn young girl in England in 1788: she tried to elope with a rake, an event that ended in disaster for all involved. Now, ten years later, her peers marginally accept Thea, but she is still haunted by the scandal and tries to live within the narrow dictates of society until she meets Patrick Blackburne, another man with a bad reputation. They become embroiled in a dangerous plot involving extortion and murder and try to protect their loved ones while working together to find out who is behind the threats. Their close association does not go unnoticed, and Thea tries to keep Patrick safe from gossip, but who will save Thea from her own rebellious heart? The two muddle along until they receive help from family that ensures that true love will once again prevail. Busbee's enchanting new romance sheds new light on the stereotype of the fallen woman. --Patty Engelmann

Publisher's Weekly Review

Busbee's latest 18th-century romance (following At Long Last) depicts a pair of charming lovers who become enmeshed in an improbable mystery. Thea Garrett is notorious because of a scandal that occurred in her youth. When she was 17, she was wooed and raped by a fortune hunter, and her brother was killed defending her honor. Although her aristocratic lineage and extensive fortune ensure that she is still received by most of society, she's convinced that no man will ever be worthy of her trust again. This notion is promptly upset when she meets dashing Patrick Blackburne. As it happens, both have fallen prey to the same blackmailer, and they join forces to defeat him. In the meantime, meddling relatives on both sides take advantage of the couple's attraction to forge a more permanent bond between them. Readers will quickly identify the villain at the heart of the story, and certain plot elements are never resolved. Nevertheless, the passion between Thea and Patrick is genuinely steamy, and both hero and heroine manage to avoid the usual pitfalls that stem from not communicating. Although this tale lacks the historical detail present in her previous romances, her well-developed characters make this a satisfying, if not exceptional, read. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved