Jilian Dare by Melanie M. Jeschke is a romantic suspense novel in which a pretty 20-year-old woman, Jilian Dare, takes on more than she expects when she is hired to be a nanny for telecommunications tycoon, Ethan Remington. Set in Virginia and the English countryside, the protagonist at first loves taking care of Remington’s toddler, Cadence, but a series of suspicious e-mails and dangerous mishaps make her question secrets about her employer. A mysterious woman dressed in a Victorian white gown approaches Jilian during a Christmas party, frightening her. She also fears for the child’s safety. Later in the book, Jilian falls in love with Ethan Remington, and he asks her to marry him. Conflicted about her feelings, Jilian learns that the lady in white is actually Remington’s wife, so Jilian flees to her former foster family as a way to cut off the relationship, as her religious beliefs dictate that she should.
But her troubles with men do not end, for she is asked for her hand in marriage by one of the foster family members who is an assistant pastor at her church, John Brooke. He also wants her to go to Africa with him to run an orphanage. Emotions run high for Jilian, and she prays to God to tell her what to do with her life. The main problem in her decision-making is that there is no real love between her and John Brooke. And despite Ethan Remington’s assurances that his wife, Crystal Carter (the woman in white) will grant him a divorce, Jilian is not convinced, and she refuses to have any relationship with a married man. There is a biblical reference to her feelings: she remembers Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, which states that the unbeliever, such as Remington’s current wife, will leave. And the believer is not bound by such circumstances, meaning that Jilian should not have any qualms about marrying a divorced man. A harrowing car accident brings Jilian back to Ethan Remington, and she makes her somewhat surprising decision about marriage. She ends up happy and contented with her life.
This story is told in first-person narrative by Jilian Dare. It is an easy, fast-reading book but has limited Christian references. The story, although interesting, is sometimes predictable and some of the characters are formulaic. This book is recommended to women who like soft romance novels. – Anita Tiemeyer, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Things are looking up for Jillian Dare. She's left her Shenandoah Valley foster home behind and is striking out on her own. Thrilled to land a job as a nanny at a large country estate in the rolling foothills of Virginia, she is enthralled with the beauty of her new home. Her young charge, Cadence Remington, is a delight, and Jillian even has the opportunity for frequent travel to the Remington family castle in England. It's almost too good to be true.
Just as Jillian begins to feel at home, she meets her handsome but moody employer, Ethan. In spite of herself, Jillian realizes she might be falling for her boss. But how can a humble girl with no connections ever hope to win a successful entrepreneur from a wealthy family? And what dark secrets from the past is he hiding?
This contemporary story, inspired by the well-loved classic Jane Eyre, will capture your heart with its timeless romance and the mystery of love.