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Author Deeanne Gist, whose writing credits include People Magazine, brings the harsh beauty of colonial Virginia to life in her first novel. Reluctant love and shared faith blossom during the daily chores and arguments of tobacco farmer Drew O'Connor and Lady Constance Morrow. Constance is everything Drew despises in a wife - she cannot cook and she prefers mathematical equations to cleaning. Worst of all, she has red hair! But when the two are forced into a marriage of convenience, Drew soon realizes how blessed he truly is.
©2005 Deeanne Gist; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

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Finding Love When You Least Expect It.

This book is one I like to put in the category of a Hallmark Movie. If you keep that in mind I think you will enjoy this book.

It is a sweet story of finding love when you least expect it. It shows the struggles of early colonial life and hardships of the people at that time with just enough humor to lighten things up. The story is sweet and innocent because there isn't any descriptive sex (it leaves it to your imagination) and it has old fashioned values which I admire. It also shows how people used to rely on God to help them through difficult situations....something else I admire.

The narrator did a good job with the story. No complaints.

Again, if you enjoy Hallmark type Christian romances give this one a try.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Nice read!

I really liked this book. After a few chapters, you get used to the reader. She did a great job. I liked how the book was set in colonial times instead of the much too common western pioneer times. This book (and author in general) is a much more suggestive than other Christian romance authors. Though nothing bad is described, there are a lot of sensual scenes. Nevertheless, it was a nice romance story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Carrie
  • Yorktown, VA, United States
  • 07-26-10

Accurate and Excellent Portrayal

I was surprised at the comments from fellow Christian readers. (I also write Christian historical fiction.) There is a strong inspirational element through this story, but it is also balanced with the reality of living in the early colonial times. The heroine is in an extremely difficult and dangerous situation while the hero has his own immediate daily demands and a history of loss that loads him down. Ms. Gist has the research down pat on this (I have also done extensive research and live in this area of the country). The plot line is solid, the characters well developed, and the spiritual arc is there and is realistic. The narrator did a wonderful job. I was pleased to have this available as an audio download. This is definitely an example of the edgier types of Christian fiction coming out and is not a gentle Janette Oke type of book (I also love Ms. Oke and have read her for the past two decades.)

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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poorly written book

The plot for this book was certainly intriguing. However, throughout most of the book, the author talks too much about their sexual attraction to each other. The characters are not filled out very well but there is certainly the physical attraction that you read about. If I owned an inspirational publishing company, I would not publish this book. I'm sorry that I wasted money on this book.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Making History come alive

A sweet story of how love grows thru caring. Living history with a glimpse into how life must have been in early colonial times

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Captivating

Loved it the narrator kept me so enthralled and glued to the book the entire time

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jeez it was nice

it took a while for me to finish reading it...so i listened to the rest. i really liked this story and listening to it made me happy.

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It was a good story...

But many of the scenes went on for about 10 minutes longer than was really necessary. And although the drama between the two main characters was good and intriguing, it was kind of predictable. I probably wouldn't use another credit to buy another book by her, I'd just get it from the library and read it.

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  • Yuefang
  • Luwuk, Indonesia
  • 01-12-15

Lovely story And Made Me Laugh Laugh...!!!!

I just can say this is my first with the author and how much I enjoyed it, at first the story gave me the insight about the life as slave living in the British colony, but then the story developed charmingly with the witty characters that overall make the story interesting, especially when the lady loves mathematics, and the man being insulted.

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Really Good Read

Great characters and very funny book for the most part...fun to read. Takes an unexpected turn but I liked it enough to listen to it twice.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful