Tender Wings of Desire

Rating: Unrated
Tender Wings of Desire

The first thing you should know about this book is that it is not a send-up, not a farce, not a cutesy promotion. It is in fact a perfectly respectable romance, a bit on the short side but careful to include the sorts of details one expects. Sanders is introduced as Harland, a seafaring man; only towards the end is there any reference to the empire back in America that Sanders apparently controls, an empire he has been careful not to mention — and the disclosure of which upsets his new ladylove, who, like any proper woman of the age, will not tolerate deception, even by omission. Viewed simply as a romance, it’s not appreciably better than average; but the depiction of Sanders has its amusing aspects.