Title: Her Stolen Past
Published: Harlequin 2002
I’m fairly sure I bought this because I was on a brief “small town romance” spree, and this is one of several books (by different authors) set in “Cooper’s Corner.”
But it’s actually romantic suspense, even if it is set in a dreadfully wholesome small town. In spite of the publication date some elements of this really, really felt like they’d been plucked from the late 80s/early 90s; that might be why I feel into it so contentedly.
Comforting elements: amnesia, a reclusive piano playing composer, the heroine being driven off a cliff (and left for dead) in a storm. We also have a stalker (who turns out to be a victim, not the villain of the piece) and a personal assistant (our amnesiac heroine, also a victim of the madwoman composer). I’m making this sound like an assemblage of cliches, and in some ways it is, but they’re perfectly deployed. I could even overlook the matchmaking teenage boy, even though I hate all matchmaking children on principle.
left for dead, or at least soggy
kindly elderly dying lady
former cop (hero’s sister)
ongoing larger plot in the background
sad tinkling piano music of sadness, which is also a clue