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.
This was just one of those stories that clicked with me.
In the first hour I was concerned that the heroine Taylor was going to be a cookie-cutter Mary Sue, but I was pleasantly surprised when she started showing her flaws. By halfway through she'd developed into a very endearing character that I just couldn't help but root for.
The hero, Lucas, wore all of his vices on his sleeve initially and while he was handsome and mildly chivalrous it was hard to envision him as a Prince Charming. His character development was equally wonderful and geez if he didn't turn out to be everything a girl could want in a man!
Taylor was no wilting flower. The task she had to take on was more than just about any woman could have handled, and Lucas was just the man to champion her. The story is sixteen hours and their romance was not rushed, you really got to see two completely opposite people fall in love with one another and it was absolutely wonderful.
If you're a fan of period romances, be ready to lose sleep because it's really hard to turn off!
I read so I can write
If I make a list of my favorite 20 books, this one would be top of the list.
The story is solid and the characters are all very strong and believable. There is not just one wonderful love story, but two, and both are sweet believable stories with no overabundance of sex which doesn't fit into the story.
There are also some wonderful secondary characters - truly characters- that give the story fun and interest.
Definitely on worth listening to more than once.
Well written - charming story - excellent narrator. Humor, pathos, great story line... what more could you want!?! Rosalyn does her usual amazing job of voicing the various characters in a believable, and charming way. Julie is at her best with a touching, innovative twist on the story line. Though there is some slight darkness in the background to the story, it's not allowed to intrude on the uplifting feeling that pervades the book. Just adds to the satisfaction of a great resolution. Well done!
Sorry, I was disappointed in this book - probably because it was older (written in early 90s), but JG glossed over the exciting parts until the end. Just when I thought it was going to get interesting, she tells us what happened with no action on what actually took place. So glad this isn't the case with the FBI books. Congrats to JG for really improving her writing style.
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.
A fun listen, entertaining. Great narrator. Addresses orphan trafficking and has an old west take the perpetrators out solution. Illustrates how far we have come in America in changing old world entitlement issues.
A great story with entertaining characters and a liberal dose of humor. I fell in love with Rosalyn Landor's Lucas. This book was a delight!
The story grew on me to the point of being sad it ended when it did. The story is full of tension and humor in just the right doses. If you like stories of perseverance rewarded, you will enjoy it.
This is a heartwarming story that starts in a London ballroom and ends in a cabin on a Montana Teritory homestead outside a middle-of-nowhere town. It has historical elements that really make this one unique, with constant quotes from Shakespere(sp), glamorization of Daniel Boon and Davey Crocket, "Mountain Men", and the eronious belief that if something has been published in a book it has to be true.
Another great element about this book is the low smut level. The main characters of the story are maried before they even meet on the pages, though they do not know eachother at all, and there is no actual sex until almost half way through the very large book. In an industry that seems to think that a good romance has to have sex by page 90, this is beyond refreshing.
This book has better developed suporting characters than many of Garwood's other books. All of them are well rounded, completely dynamic, and non-2dimentional.
The narator does a good job of getting the character tones right too.
Love, love , love, to read, and now w/Audible, listen. Enjoy stories with wit and adventure where the h/h embark in a relationship without constant bickering.
The storyline. Keeps you into it and you don't want to stop listening.
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Both had strong heroines who overcame many obstacles and grew into a more mature and better person throughout the story.
The heros were impressive men, who also grew into better people.
Different countries but each were set in a beautiful part of the world.
Everything! She is very talented and does well with distinguishing different characters, accents, and sexes.
Lucas and Taylor's walk back home after a harrowing experience with her uncle.
I hope Julie Garwood writes many more quality novels and has Rosalyn Landor narrate
I definetely recommend this book to those who love historical romance, with action, wit, and some suspense thrown in.
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