Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner
The Renegades: Rafe
Amazon US PB Amazon Canada PB
Class/Genre: Romance Historical
Avon, Jun 2001, $5.99, 384 pp.
In 1862 New Orleans, Rafe Aigner pleads with his beloved Madeleine Calhoun to elope with him. Although she loves Rafe, Maddie feels obligated to care for her ailing father, who has no one else, and to run the family newspaper for him. She tells him that she loves him, yet cannot run off to Texas with him, but will remain here until he returns.
Years later, Rafe wins a San Antonio newspaper in a card game. Accompanied by his nine-year old son, Rafe travels to San Antonio to decide what to do with the paper. To his shock, he finds Maddie running his newspaper. Maddie thought Rafe died during the Civil War and is stunned that her now deceased husband gambled away the paper. Rafe feels Maddie betrayed their love by not waiting for him, but agrees to give her three years to turn a profit. As they both care for his son, their old love rekindles, but will he understand that she did wait until she thought he was dead and she had no other option?
THE RENEGADES: RAFE is a warm Reconstruction Era romance that uses strong lead protagonists to tell an engaging tale. The secondary cast provides the audience insight into Rafe and Maddie. Though the exciting plot depends a bit too much on coincidence, sub-genre fans will fully enjoy Genell Dellinís gripping novel that hooks her readers from the start to the finish and encourages them to seek previous Renegade books (see the stories of COLE and NICK).
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