The Drifter. By Susan Wiggs (Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, 2003?. 376 pp. Reprint Ed.)
Carolyn Petersen, Assistant Program Manager, Library Development, Tumwater, WA.
The town of Coupeville on Whidbey Island in 1894 is the setting for this historical romance. Coupeville residents have reluctantly accepted female physician Leah Mundy as they don’t have many other options. Leah guards her reputation and her heart until she wakes up to find a gun barrel in her face. On the other end of the gun is Jackson Underhill who drags her to his sailboat to heal his female companion. Both Leah and Jackson have secrets which complicate a budding romance. Susan Wiggs is a capable author who provides a good mix of historical detail, attractive characters and a strong plot to produce a sensual romantic read to enjoy on a cold winter evening.