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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Review - The Prisoner by Sharon Lanergan
Title: The Prisoner
Author: Sharon Lanergan
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
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Rating: You Need To Read
When Brian Fitzroy is unable to save the woman he loved from her murderous husband, he is imprisoned with no hope of rescue since his family believes him dead. Years pass until the day a beautiful woman enters his cell. Constance Portnoy, the treasured and protected ward of the Fitzroys, is seduced by Loutrant, the man who imprisoned Brian. Realizing too late, she becomes his latest prisoner.
Even as she falls for Brian, he determines she will escape the torment he endures. After her escape, Brian is rescued and Loutrant seemingly falls to his death.
They both have a difficult time adjusting. Brian rebuffs all who offer sympathy. Constance hides her own pain while concentrating on bringing the man she loves back into the light.
The two former prisoners fall in love and take a chance at happiness, unaware Loutrant is still alive and intends to win at all costs.
This book takes the reader on a journey of perceptions. Brian takes his life for granted until his freedom is taken from him as a prisoner. Then he learns to accept what little joy he can such as a day without being beaten. Ms. Lanergan creatively allows the story to unfold with flashbacks stragetically written in to give you the whole story bit by bit. I understood Constance's desire to be loved by Brian but also her inability to overcome the horrible nightmares that were caused by her own imprisonment. Throughout the story, it becomes increasingly clear that no matter what horrors life brings you, there almost certainly is a path to happiness if you only dare to look for it.