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Winter Garden | [Adele Ashworth]

Winter Garden

A celebrated beauty, Madeleine DuMais' cleverness is her greatest asset - one she puts to good use as a spy for the British. Assigned to help break up a smuggling ring in the south of England, she arrives at the quaint resort town of Winter Garden and meets her partner in subterfuge: Thomas Blackwood. Unlike any man she has ever met, Blackwood's quiet confidence and mysterious intensity send shivers of pleasure coursing through her. And, despite the danger, as duty givesway to desire, Madeleine aches for Thomas's gentle touch.
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Publisher's Summary

A celebrated beauty, Madeleine DuMais' cleverness is her greatest asset - one she puts to good use as a spy for the British. Assigned to help break up a smuggling ring in the south of England, she arrives at the quaint resort town of Winter Garden and meets her partner in subterfuge: Thomas Blackwood.

Unlike any man she has ever met, Blackwood's quiet confidence and mysterious intensity send shivers of pleasure coursing through her. And, despite the danger, as duty gives way to desire, Madeleine aches for Thomas's gentle touch on her body... on her heart... on her soul.

For surrender holds its own sweet reward....

©2000 Adele Budnick (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 08-30-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 08-30-12

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    "A SENSUAL, SEXUAL SOJOURN IN WINTER GARDEN"

    What a lovely surprise this book was - totally different from the usual 'handsome Rake meets beautiful virgin' type books. Yes, it was a little bit far fetched in places, but it was such a nice story you just have to overlook the flaws.

    Thomas had been left disabled in the Opium wars but, despite this, he became an undercover English spy who asked for the help of beautiful Madeleine, his counterpart French spy, to help in the latest mission to capture an Opium Dealer in Winter Garden but this wasn't his true mission - it was to win Madeleine's heart forever.

    They were instantly attracted to each other and began a journey of discovery, passion, sexual interludes, intense, but very touching, human desire and eventually love. This book was filled with great characters, a bit of a weak plot, however its such a heart warming love story that it can't help but move you.

    Worth a credit? I loved it - so it's a definite yes.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Canada 07-13-12
    Amazon Customer Canada 07-13-12 Member Since 2011

    Never judge a book by its movie

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    "It's hot in Winter Garden"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Winter Garden to be better than the print version?

    The story is the same, but books, make boring everyday chores enjoyable.
    Both versions of this story were Great


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter Garden?

    When Thomas reveals to Madeleine who he really is, and the reason for his lie.


    Have you listened to any of Heather Wilds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She has a great voice, and superb accents


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was so weepy mid way through the book, realizing ( or so I thought) that both main characters were going to suffer for their choices.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book, apparently, it is a series with 2 additional stories... I'd love to read the other 2.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn 06-25-12
    Marilyn 06-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A lush love story that somehow left me ambivalent?"

    In the first few minutes this book seemed well written but slightly droning, however at the moment the two main characters met eyes, I was gripped. (Never did I think I would use the term "gripped" to describe my reaction to a book, but nothing else quite fits.) From that instance onward, for me the book was driven by the interaction of the two main characters, Madeleine DuMais and Thomas Blackwood, spies for the British Home Service. All the other characters and even the plot to uncover the smuggling ring became more than secondary. Madeleine and Thomas were interesting and evocative central characters. The main characters and their relationship unfolded slowly and their interactions became more poignant and sensual. This was a terrific love story. It was never cliché, and in addition, plot points and details were rarely foreseeable.

    Regarding the 4-stars performance rating, I felt Heather Wilds did a very good job, but not remarkable. I would have preferred stronger male voices, but her intonation was well done. The 4-stars rating for story reflect my dissatisfaction at the very end which was due to Madeleine's thought process in the last chapters: something didn't ring true to, but I'm still baffled as to quite what I found discordant. Even with only 4-stars each for both performance and story, I still rated this book with 5- stars overall because I found it that haunting.

    I realize this is a confusing and somewhat ambiguous review, but my ratings stand after two listens - and I still have not deleted it from my device as I'm sure I'll listen to it again in the short-term.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 11-16-12
    Lia Sutton, Australia 11-16-12 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Wonderful sensual book - don't miss it"

    "Winter Garden" is a sensuous, erotic, and emotional tale that will leave you fanning yourself one minute and reaching for a tissue the next. The sensuality level of this book is very high and is expertly woven throughout, while its erotic atmosphere is achieved through both character dialogue and (explicit) love scenes. The emotional intensity between the hero and the heroine only heightens the effect.
    Heather Wilds did an outstanding job with the delivery of the story. Audible needs more books by Adele Ashworth and read by Heather Wilds.

    This is one purchase you simply won't regret making.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 10-24-13
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 10-24-13
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    "Long and drawn out"

    I think this story could have been told in half the time or less. The overall story line wasn't bad but it just went on and on. It took me more than a week to finally finish it. Normally, if I read a "good" book, I listen as often as possible but not so with this one. I'm so glad it's finally over.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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