To escape becoming a ward of her unscrupulous uncle, Taylor Stapleton will wed Lucas Ross, a rugged American rancher. Taylor also has a secret...a precious legacy she hasn't revealed to Ross. However, as she begins to fall for her handsome new husband, Taylor dares to surrender her heart to an uncertain future.
©1994 Julie Garwood (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I read this book from time to time when I am craving something calming & steady. This story is a classic and has become one of my favorite Julie Garwood books. I just love the story of Lucas Ross (the epitome of masculinity & gorgeousness--American Man) & Taylor Stapelton (lovely English Lady).
Although I have to admit that when I read it for the first time, I was also frustrated by the same type of things other reviewers have complained about, such as the slow pace during the first part.
I think the worst part of the book is when Taylor's friend Victoria is introduced. I was so enchanted with the development of the love story between Lucas & Taylor that when Victoria was introduced in the storyline I was like, "what the....????" I felt like she was more of a distraction from the real story---Lucas & Taylor, because their attraction was magnetic & pretty potent from the start. I think Garwood messed up in the way she introduced Victoria. It was long, unnecessary & well...slow. I, for one, didn't know whether to be jealous for Taylor or angry at Lucas because he was paying so much attention to her. However, I suppose Lucas was really nice to her because she reminded him of his mother. Victoria was never a distraction to Lucas in his conquest of love for Taylor.
Anyhow, once the story gets on track and the plot develops, you really understand why Victoria is necessary & great part of the story.
One of the reasons I revisit this book from time to time is because of the sweetness in the love affair. Lucas adores Taylor & one of my favorite parts is when he caresses & pulls her into him for more loving embraces & kisses after they make love (Lucas Ross is a cuddler...LOL).
Also, Lucas studies Taylor well (mainly because the man can't keep his eyes off of her!!!), and is truly her knight in shinning armor--or should we say her Prince Charming. Taylor is quite a lady herself. She is more like a modern-day woman...the kind that can do it all. She is loving, effortlessly beautiful inside & out and is not pretentious in any way. She reaches out to others around her and is like the glue that makes everything work. She creates a loving home environment for everyone who needs her love.
As a PLUS---the love match between Hunter & Victoria was just perfect! I thought they had a really funny beginning & then a deeper wow-effect in their relationship. It is so cool how both Lucas & Taylor's best friends find love together...just perfect!
In addition, the sweet children, Georgie, Ali and Michael (Daniel-David) were also such sweet additions to his classic story. They just make your heart melt.
I tear up EACH TIME at the end when the grandmother, Lady Esther, is mentioned. She is the one who had the foresight to create a wonderful future with the needs of her girls (Taylor & the twins) in mind.---There couldn't have been a better ending. Lady Esther, loving grandmother found Taylor's Prince Charming.
The William Shakespeare quotes were fabulous! LOVE THIS BOOK!!
I LOVE Rosalyn Landor as a narrator!!! She is just superb! Yes, I even loved the voicing she made for Lucas Ross. She brings everything to life. THis is why I am addicted to audiobooks---due to fabulous narrators as herself.
Good story. I had already read it before listening. Be aware this story includes children (which I liked in this case). Be aware of explicit sex scenes (a few). Two couples fall in love, so the pages devoted to each couple are limited. Very good narration, except for Duerdan's rendition of Lucas Ross, the "mountain man" hero. He sounds like he is speaking without fully opening his mouth. Rather blah. Not how I had imagined this bad-ass warrior of superstar fame. He did nothing for me. Nothing at all. In fact, Duerdan's impression of Lucas almost ruined a favorite story. On the other hand, Duerdan's take on Lady Esther, the old English lady, is solid gold. Nice job portraying Lady Taylor and Lady Victoria, the two heroines. She conveyed believable voices for the three children, too -- and not too squeaky, as some narrators do.
This is a hard book/audio for me to rate. The first few hours were slow. Later, disturbing content had me wondering if I wanted to finish it, not knowing how bad it was going to get, but I continued to listen. As it progressed it got better, and I was happy with the way it ended.
Yet, with all I considered negatives, I continued to listen--wanting to see how it played out. I think it was the excellent performance by Rosalyn Landor that kept my attention -- like a movie whose talented actors carry the story.
I thought the narration was a little off on this one. The characters were flat and presented that way. The men's voices were distracting and Taylor's....ugh.
Almost not finish it
I have read or listened to most of Ms. Garwood's historical fiction and thoroughly enjoyed them. This was just dull. The first 9 chapters should have been one. I couldn't keep myself from skipping to the next chapter in hopes of some action. I liked the characters, especially the hero. I even liked the set-up and the overall plot. It just took too long to describe what was happening, and included so much trivial junk, that I would skip to the next chapter. Wished for better.
This was a very disappointing novel. The story could have held up, if the writers' craft was up to par, as it was, she data dumped huge chunks of the story when she could have unfolded it in real time and made it work. Halfway through, it started to feel like a short story that she padded out with a meandering maternal storyline that added nothing and completely bored me. Since I'm sure, like all formula romances, she and whatshisface would get together at the end, I was only there for the journey and the journey was BORING. The two main characters would need a serious kick in the pants before they could even be called two-dimensional and the dialogue was beyond tedious. Knowing that the author has written better novels makes me think that this is one of her earliest efforts that she pulled out of her sock drawer and fleshed out to meet a deadline. BORING. Take a pass.
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