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The Enemyís Daughter
by Anne Marie Winston
(Silh. Desire #1603, $4.50, PG-13) ISBN 0-373-76603-3
***
The Enemyís Daughter is an enjoyable romance between two adults who are rather intelligent, who take the time to learn about each other and who portray one brief moment of big misunderstanding before their love endures.

This entry in Dynasties: The Danforths highlights Adamís story. Adam is the second son and one who has been burned by publicity before. He is an intellectual, loving tales of ghosts and history in his native Savannah. Loved by his large family, but basically ignored by his father, he is trying to maintain a low-key profile during his fatherís Senatorial campaign. He is rich and is often pursued for his money. He hopes of meeting someone one day who will love him for who he is.

That meeting occurs the night of a fundraiser. He meets a lovely young girl in the garden. They have a wonderful conversation and she is interested in what he loves Ė history and ghosts. But she is the daughter of his fatherís opponent, so they decide their one night of dancing and conversation is it. But he canít forget her. So he leaves her a note on the bulletin board at his cafť, a place where messages abound.

Selene Van Gelder is new to Savannah, despite being born there. Her mother died when she was born, and her father shipped her off to boarding schools in Europe as soon as possible. At one point, she saw him twice in 12 years. (It seems dear old dad was mourning his wife and couldnít bear to see the child). Now a graduate of Oxford, she has returned to show family solidarity for the election. She has dreams of being a part of her fatherís life while finding the man of her dreams too. She never forgot Adam either, and when she finds his note, she canít help but respond.

Thus begins their secret affair. They spend a lot of time together in out-of-the-way places, mainly at Seleneís behest. She is fearful of her fatherís reaction. She is a virgin and gives herself to Adam out of love. They profess their love, agreeing to tell everyone once the election is over. But circumstances change and they have a relatively rough road before they reach their ending.

Overall, this is an enjoyable book full of romance. The outside influences of the families guide the romance but donít really interfere until the end. While unsurprising, Adam and Selene are engaging characters. While the ending is easily predicted, it is still heartwarming to see true love win.

It is amazing that both are able to love and forget based on their upbringing. Neither has a close relationship with their parent. Selene, particularly, has turned out almost too good to be true for someone raised in boarding schools. Another slight distraction is the ghost that they encounter. But it is easily overlooked.

As I have found with the other stories in this series, the characters are the key while the plot lines are conventional and time-honored romantic category fare. The Enemyís Daughter falls into line, but is still an enjoyable read on its own.

--Shirley Lyons


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