I like Candace Camp so I picked up this book. When I got into the story I realized I had read this plot so very many times before in romance novels written by so very many authors. There are even bits in this I've read in old Georgette Heyer books (e.g., the heroine's penchant for rescuing strays, whether they be animals or mistreated children). Now a lot of the books with similar plots have been written since 1996 when this SUDDENLY was first issued so I'm not saying Camp is plagiarizing, by any means. It's just that the plot is so "been-there, done-that". The good thing about this book is that Camp has managed to make this heroine appealing, not annoying, and the hero is, of course, sexy but decent, as we like heroes to be. The villainess, hero's cast-aside mistress, is pretty annoying and predictable, as is the evil rake of a villain. On the whole, however, if one considers the publication date of 1996 it is a satisfactory read. Probably a reader younger than I, who hasn't read so many historical romances, will like this.