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Turn of the dice
Edmonds, Janet.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1990.
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Booklist Review

Abigail Broughton, the beautiful daughter of a compulsive gambler in England, has her future determined by the "turn of the dice" when she is forced, in order to balance her father's debts, to become a bond servant to Lord Jasper Cutteslow in colonial Williamsburg. Abigail learns some lessons in self-preservation, and after buying her freedom, she becomes a dressmaker. Though a shrewd businesswoman, Abigail isn't exactly a pillar of virtue or a very accurate judge of character. This robust romance has some interesting insights on slavery in the colonies, but its appeal will be to historical romance readers who enjoy some groaning and thrashing and don't worry too much about a believable plot. --Candace Smith

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After being sold as a bond-slave to a libertine she hates in order to pay her father's gambling debts, Abigail sails with him for colonial Williamsburg. Aboard ship, she falls in love with a former bond-slave who has raised himself to plantation owner. The two men vie for Abby, even to the point of a second dice game, but keep the true reasons for their interest in her hidden. No meek, mild-mannered lady, this plucky heroine overcomes hardship and scandal to win the right man in the end. A well-written romantic adventure, this is so full of incident that there is not a dull moment, yet every event is plausible. The characters are realistic and human, and if the reader knows the outcome early, the way in which the protagonists resolve their differences and assure the triumph of good over evil is a treat. Of the ``bodice-ripping'' variety, this is fun for fans of historical romance. Edmonds is the author of seven novels, all published in England, but this is her first U.S. publication.-- Andrea Lee Shuey, Dallas P . L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.