When Lucy Quince reappears after a three-year absence just in time to save her husband Ambrose from the gallows, she isn’t exactly welcomed home with hugs and kisses. Her family, including her husband, believes she deserted them and the people of Eclipse thought she’d been murdered by her husband – hence Ambrose’s near hanging. Lucy has no memory of her loving but tempestuous marriage, but knows she didn’t run away – she was kidnapped, raped, tortured, and left for dead. With only passion left between them, can these two Perfect Strangers recover what was lost?
In Quincy’s Woman, author Gem Sivad tells the tale of Lucy and Ambrose’s courtship and early marriage. Perfect Strangers picks up years later, with a more mature and down-to-earth Lucy, who is that much more likable. It’s an enthralling, although at times dark, story that leads the reader through Lucy’s journey to get to know her children, convince Ambrose of her innocence and find the gang of men who abused her and figure out why.
I enjoyed Quincy’s Woman, but liked Perfect Strangers even more because of Lucy’s enhanced likability and the poignancy of the story. Although Perfect Strangers is a sequel, it can be read as a stand-alone, although if you haven’t read Quincy’s Woman, I recommend you do to fully appreciate the character changes Lucy goes through. Perfect Strangers is a sexy Western historical erotic romance with an edge of darkness.