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The scarlet thread
Anthony, Evelyn.
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New York : Harper & Row, [1990]

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Author Notes

Evelyn Anthony was born on July 3, 1928 in London. She began her career writing historical romances. She explored the romantic lives of such actual historical figures as Anne Boelyn. However, she eventually became unhappy with this genre and began writing novels of suspense, including The Assassin and The Doll's House, and contemporary thrillers replete with espionage, terrorism, and smuggling. Yet, her thrillers still contain plenty of love and male/female attraction and feature women who overcome terrible odds to win their men.

Anthony also writes under the pseudonyms Anthony Evelyn and Eve Stephens.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Can a mobster change his stripes? Steven Falconi--Sicilian-bred heir apparent of the New York City Mafia--does just that in Anthony's latest romantic suspense novel. Despite the fact that Falconi has married a Mafia princess and sealed his family's control over a wide range of profitable enterprises, he is prepared to leave both the Mob and his cold, grasping wife when he is reunited with the woman he truly loves. While serving in Sicily during World War II, Falconi had met and married a sweet English nurse, Angela. While carrying Falconi's child, she was told by a U.S. Army officer about the mobster's criminal background and consequently fled back to England. Falconi was led to believe she had been killed in a bombing raid, but he learns the truth years later when Angela visits New York with her--their--teenage son. Falconi's incredibly understanding father and brother fake his death so that he can live happily ever after with Angela--though to arrive at that situation, the author makes them jump a few hurdles. --Denise Perry Donavin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Veteran novelist Anthony's ( The House of Vandekar ) new romance is a lively story whose seemingly conventional characters sometimes behave in a surprising fashion. British nurse Angela Drummond meets American serviceman Steven Falconi in Italy during WW II, and he insists on marrying her when she becomes pregnant. After U.S. Army officials alert her to his Mafia background, she returns to her native England, shortly before her hospital is bombed; Steven believes her dead. His postwar rise in the family business is clinched by his marriage to Carla Fabrizzi, spoiled daughter of another powerful mafioso. The marriage begins to deteriorate during their honeymoon, and Steven has a brief interlude with an elegant, sophisticated Frenchwoman, a liaison that will have tragic consequences. Many years later, Steven learns that Angela and his son are alive.He abandons his marriage to make a new life with Angela in Europe, running a casino near Monte Carlo. In spite of his family's assistance in fabricating his disappearance, Steven and Angela cannot completely escape the long reach of the Fabrizzis or the shifts of power within the Mafia families. The rich plot keeps percolating to the very end. Reader's Digest Book Club selection. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

YA-- A suspenseful romantic tale. Amid the ravages of World War II, Angela Drummond, a British nurse; and Steven Falconi, an American soldier, fall in love and secretly marry. The marriage is kept secret as Steven is the scion of a powerful Mafia family. When the hospital Angela works in is bombed and she's not listed as a survivor, Steven returns to America grief-stricken, eventually marrying the daughter of another Mafia family. A pregnant Angela has not died, but when she learns of Steven's background, she returns to England to have and raise her child. They live separate lives until an accidental meeting years later renews a never-forgotten wartime love. Their decision to flee their lives and be together opens up violent forces and a vicious vendetta from Steven's wife's family. Anthony's well-structured adventure features likable characters and a twist at the end. Teenagers will find this a page-turner, and librarians will find it a well-written addition to their YA collections. --Barbara A. Lynn, Econo-Clad Bks, Topeka, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.