So Alex puts Daisy to work in his traveling circus, expecting the harsh realities will break her. Instead, he finds she's got heart enough for both of them.
©1996 Susan Elizabeth Phillips; (P)1996 Books on Tape
My rating 4.5.
Daisy was raised by a beautiful but flighty mother who loved men. Pampered as a princess, Daisy was never really grounded in living skills. When her mother passed away Daisy went on a spending spree with no understanding of the debt that she faced. Her wealthy father gives her ultimatum – go to jail for writing bad checks or marry a man he has chosen for her. The man, Alex, may be strong and handsome but Daisy doesn’t like his stern, humorless countenance.
Alex is a private man who had never intended to marry. But he has his own good reasons for agreeing to marry Daisy – not that he plans to tell her why. He doesn’t plan to tell her much of anything as he has no time to indulge a ‘rich princess’. He does pan to put her to work in the traveling circus really hoping to chase her back to daddy.
Daisy is dismayed to find herself in a ratty trailer in the middle of a struggling traveling circus. Not only is the living situation a drop for her but the circus owner clearly resents her presence. Most of the circus members are willing to welcome Daisy and are particularly thrilled to learn she is married to Alex – even if he doesn’t seem too thrilled. Then an event occurs that turns all of the workers against her.
Daisy is punished with the lowest of duties – cleaning up after the elephants. Everyone is expected to pull their weight and no one cares that Daisy is afraid of dogs much less elephants! She now has to suffer through the worst tasks and the snubs and jeers of everyone or she has to admit defeat and run home to a father who already considers her a failure at life. No one suspected the heart that Daisy reveals. Although nearly tempted to give in, instead she finds the grit to stick it out and to push Alex to open his heart.
I do enjoy the light romances by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (SEP). She creates distinct characters and puts them into real life, if sometimes unusual, settings. This circus setting was great fun and Daisy does make a few surprising friends. I liked how her character grows into the inner strengths that she always had but never had to reach. Alex has his own damaged past and Phillips creates a charming story as Daisy’s exuberance, bravery and out right heart melt his ice cold walls.
The story is full of heart and humor. There is some foul language which is too bad that you have to jump past that. I recommend this fun read and other romances by this author.
Audio Notes: Anna Fields, who died in 2006, was a fabulous fit for SEP romances. She gives each of the characters their own voice and makes them come alive. I always enjoy listening to her narration and am sorry she is no longer with us. I realized a bit into this book that is was familiar. I read it in print in 2009. I enjoyed revisiting it in audio.
Unusual subject circus life, I enjoyed the characters and the animals. Narration by Anna fields makes all the difference when I choose a book. Thanks to her and the always enjoyable writing of this author my days are brighter.
I feel this book is still as good as Phillips other books but it isn't lighthearted or even really funny like the other ones. Alex is definitely an antihero and this book seems to explore a love between two people that isn't sunshine and rainbows. In fact, I expect Alex and Daisy to have some rough patches in their marriage because of the nature of Alex's character. Now that I've listened threw the book a second time I can see that Daisy WANTS to be with a challenging man like Alex. When at first I agreed with many of the other reviewers view about Alex being borderline abusive. Now I see that If she didn't love the dark sides of his character she wouldn't constantly relate him to the wild tiger she has a special bond with. I guess there is a HEA for everyone..even Alex who I still don't like.
Interesting and well written, of course. It was also very sweet. I've learned not to expect anything less from SEP.
This was a chance credit. I read the summary and was unimpressed, but then the reviews made me curious. Yes, the plot is totally unfathomable for today, but there's something in the personalities and range of characters that get you hooked. The circus theme and the whole Russian czar drama just fades to the background and you get a cute romance.
This is one of my favorites by Susan E Phillips I have read and listened to this book a few times and whenever I need a good cry this is the book I grab.
How the Daisy tried so hard to do the right thing and make the best of her situation.
dragging me in even more to Daisy's world
Cry and Laugh and Cry some more
the flow characters
This was great
I loved this and it was worth the credit
This book portrays women in the subservient role of slave and master. A silly, unbelievable plot which portrays this woman as being subservient and having no self esteem or belief in herself otherwise she would never have put up with this male chauvinist in her mate or her father. A real waste of time and total lack of respect for women.
This book caused me to waste so much time this weekend because I couldn't stop listening to it and had a hard time focusing on anything while I was listening. It was so funny I found myself laughing at loud, often. It was great because it was not predictable and a uniquely different story. Narrator was great too.
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