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Raintree: Sanctuary | [Beverly Barton]

Raintree: Sanctuary

War with their archrival, the evil Ansara clan, is unavoidable. For Mercy Raintree, a war means she must assume her position as guardian of the Sanctuary: the sacred Raintree home place deep in the Smoky Mountains. But doing so threatens to disclose her most prized secret, one Mercy has kept to herself for six years.
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War with their archrival, the evil Ansara clan, is unavoidable. For Mercy Raintree, a war means she must assume her position as guardian of the Sanctuary: the sacred Raintree home place deep in the Smoky Mountains. But doing so threatens to disclose her most prized secret, one Mercy has kept to herself for six years.

As the solstice looms, and the battle heats up, Dranir Judah Ansara gathers his forces, intending to wipe every Raintree from the face of the land. Including Mercy, whom he's claimed as his to kill. Then he comes face-to-face with her - and with her daughter, Eve. Will Mercy's closely guarded secret change not only the outcome of the battle, but also Judah's own bitter heart?

©2007 Beverly Barton; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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    08-13-07
    08-13-07 Member Since 2006

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    "A disappointment"

    After enjoying the first two books in the Raintree series I was really
    looking forward to this book. It would hopefully bring all of the
    characters together for the final showdown. The story had lots of
    potential but, it just didn't live up to it. While the narration was
    good again, the hero and heroine just lacked chemistry. When they
    finally do come together sexually it is a forceful, brutal, and
    antagonist. I cringed at some of the wording used; it seemed like more
    of a rape than intense passion. Additionally, Mercy's brothers are
    hardly in this novel even though the reader is left hanging at the ends
    of novels one and two. I must admit that I finished the book. I had to
    find out what happened but, I am disappointed that this series'
    potential just wasn't fully realized. If written by one of the two
    previous authors, I think this could have been superbly delicious. Also,
    the child Eve could be way too annoying at times and, was used too
    heavily as a means to bring her parent's romance along. I'd rather see
    this done through good development of the characters so that it really
    works for the reader. Finally, the graphic violence of the final battle
    was over the top at times for my taste; a trend a really don't like
    seeing in my chic novels.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Dallas, GA, United States 07-30-07
    Joanna Dallas, GA, United States 07-30-07
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    "Loved it!"

    Loved the way this trilogy was wrapped up with twists in the story that I didn't expect.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Janelle Riverside, CA, USA 07-02-07
    Janelle Riverside, CA, USA 07-02-07
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    "Best on of the trilogy"

    This one was the best of the 3 Raintree books. Story and voices were perfect.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leah Bridgeville, Delaware 10-09-07
    Leah Bridgeville, Delaware 10-09-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Raintree: Sanctuary"

    The book could have been a lot better if I hadn't taken offense at the author suggesting that a woman being raped would not only enjoy this, but love the man that had raped even if she had a child with him prior. I feel it was a slap in the face of all rape victims. I haven't heard or read many romance novels maybe it is the norm to insult the intelligence of their readers while making it harder for victims to prove their case even to other women who read books like this and have never experienced the brutality or humiliation of this act of violence as that is what it is, not love or lust, but hatred and assault. Maybe if one of the authors who wrote the other two in this series had done this one, this would have been a grand slam as well.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    SassiKassi Olympia, WA, United States 04-12-10
    SassiKassi Olympia, WA, United States 04-12-10 Member Since 2010
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    "This is an 'againer""

    This book was so good and the narration done so well that I know I will be listening to it over and over. Don't miss this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cheryl Clinton, UT, United States 04-15-08
    cheryl Clinton, UT, United States 04-15-08
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    "Not as good, not disapointing either"

    Not as good as the first two books in the series, but worth listening too. I did feel that it had a pretty abrupt ending, most of the focus was on the main couple and the big fight we have all been waiting for really wasn't that long and the book was over. It did tie up the series in a fitting way, however. The daughter was pretty annoying, what a brat. All in all I'm glad I listened to it and would listen to again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    April Charles City, IA, USA 03-16-08
    April Charles City, IA, USA 03-16-08
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    "Great ending for the Raintree Trilogy!"

    Great story telling and awesome narration. I liked listening to it very much.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda J. White 01-15-08 Member Since 2006
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    "raintree"

    I enjoyed listening to the book, even though I had already read it. It gave it a new perspective.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joann 10-07-07
    Joann 10-07-07 Member Since 2005
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    "An unexpected conclusion . . ."

    Beverly Barton is a good writer, however, the storyline to the conclusion of the Raintree and Ansara clash was not the best. I agree with Rebecca that the interaction between Judah Ansara and Mercy Raintree had wayyyy too much violence. And that the brevity of the book (under 300 pages) restricted full development of the main characters and the inclusion of the great couples that we met in the earlier books of this trilogy.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 01-14-12
    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 01-14-12 Member Since 2014

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    "boring ................drags..............1 star"
    Would you try another book from Beverly Barton and/or Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki ?

    Beverly Barton let us down~ what a bore~


    What could Beverly Barton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    better writing! this was a pathetic ending to the trilogy we adored in part one and two.


    What didn’t you like about Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki ’s performance?

    yes


    What character would you cut from Raintree?

    BETTER writing in part 3


    Any additional comments?

    what a yawner~ Part 3 drags from the first boring word. Barton let us down in this lemon. SAD....first two have us glued and three ...BAD~ drags.....pathetic~

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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