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Al times that Daventry isn t a killer even though he did try to kill Randall and even though when Daventry s men came for Julia she was so sure she wouldn t survive being taken to him that she wrote her will I still wonder why this marriage would stop Daventry if he were determined that Julia should die hide spoiler I was finding the writing f this story very prosaic so when it turned ut to be ne Cómo ligar con esa chica que tanto te gusta y a la que le gusta otro of my least favorite romance themes the heroine afraidf sex there seemed no point in continuing I guess I am just relieved Sadly relieved This is much better than the ridiculous first book in the series Loving A Lost Lord but still not a romance I would ever recommend to readers new to MJPFor longterm readers Death Threat of MJP like myself this historical regency will come across as a bit generic Having just reread The Wild Child1999 earlier this week I couldnt help noticing how much shorter and choppier her sentences have gotten which is veryn trend as well as the hackneyed Mine Mine Mine love scene that I am beginning to hate finding in every historical I read now I can see that the pacing and plotting were uneven and some alternative POVs to their initial meetings in the first book would have enhanced the romance I can see all that but it doesnt matter much since I find that I can still be entranced by MJP s writing voice and root for her very likable decent admirable charactersContent warning details f the heroine s first marriage are horrifying some violenceGrade B A slightly better read than the first book in the series but still disappointing I enjoy MJP s style I always have One can hear her writing voice in this book her signature style so to speak The first book in the series was very disappointing with 2 un memorable characters The heroine f the first book Mariah featured prominently in this book too and I was bored ut f my mind whenever Mariah popped up She was a boring character then and a nuisance now Alexander and Julia met briefly in book ne and caught my attention right away I was looking forward to reading their story and the beginning f the book about 30% was rather engaging Things were looking good for Alexander and Julia Having suffered abuse in her first marriage Julia was reluctant to accept Alexander But somehow they agreed to get married which was just as well The plot was thin since Alexander and Pretty goodMature hero and heroine both with a lot Porter Rockwell: A Biography of sense Solid reasons for getting married Beliveable and multilayered romantic conflicts Audiobook with Simon Prebble doing fantastic narration Great way to pass a few hours Recalled from war as his vicious uncle s sole remaining heir Alexander Randall gives away his commission and returns to England to find a wife and sire an heir He should find a typical noble wife but thenly woman that appeals to him is Julia Bancroft widow and village midwife who has stayed in his thoughts since he met her Randall visits friends in England and Scotland mostly to avoid his uncle who allowed his cousin to torture Randall and who barely cared for Randall when he was wounded His final visit is to friends in Julia s village Randall discovers that Julia has been kidnapped by men who accuse her Satire of murder He f 35 starsAnother audiobook I borrowed from the library principally because Simon Prebble isne Deflower the Boss of my favourite narrators Julia a widow is a country midwife who had captured the interestf Alex Randall in the previous book although he was reluctant to show any interest and gave her to believe he disliked her But Julia has a dark past and is hiding from her late husband s father who believea that she murdered her late husband who was Alex s cousin In fact he was an abusive bastard and she killed him in self defence but she knew she d never have been believed and ranAt the beginning Hebrew magic amulets of the story she is discovered by two thugs hired by her ex father in law and kidnapped Alex rescues her andffers her marriage in rder to protect her She s reluctant but sees the sense in it and eventually agreesPutney doesn t shy away from describing the horrors f Julia s first marriage and her fears about intimacy and sex are well grounded I suspect her recovery was probably uite fast. E perfect bride for a man in his position would be a biddable young girl Being There of good breeding But the woman who haunts his imagination is Julia Bancroft a village midwife with a dark secret that thrusts her into Randall's protectionWithin the spacef a day Julia has been abducted by her first husband's cronies rescued.
Something seemed missing here I ve read all هذه بلادنا: الجواء of Ms Putney s books except the few dealing with magic Almost all aren my keeper shelf I don t think this Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom one will be Thisne did not have the great historical details f the Fallen Angels series r the Silk Trilogy This seemed like a plain ld regency anyone could have written by throwing in a carriage a long dress and a trip to Gretna Green The characters seemed static not growing r changing realistically Alexander was a grump in the last book but here that was dealt with by a few sentences saying That was just because I didn t want you to know I liked you I would have liked to see him change before my eyes POSSIBLE SPOILERS Julia has a fear Witness to the Martyrdom: John Taylor's Personal Account of the Last Days of the Prophet Joseph Smith of men from having an abusive first husband bad enough that she demands the ability to divorce Alexander after a year Yet she isver it almost the first time they get together Whoops non issue It seemed there were too many irons in the fire Was it the story f woman learning to trust again The story f him saving her from bad guys No real sense f danger was ever developed Introducing her to society We skipped most f the nly ballsocial uting None The War at Home: One Family's Fight Against PTSD of these issues was developed fully leaving them all feeling underdone It was reallynly when they went to find her first husband s bastard son that I got interested I liked that kid I could have used a lot f the three f them learning to be a family And it would have been a stronger story if Julia had indeed been barren making this part f the story important Most f the book was formulaic and predictable Of course Julia is really the daughter f a duke Of course the boy was decent Of course her brother didn t hate her Of course the Earl f Daventry had a daughter and Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle: A History of the American Cowboy in Song, Story and Verse of course Julia who thought she was barren ended up pregnant This was just missing the depthf emotion that I have become accustomed to in Ms Putney s works Most Set Theory, Logic and Their Limitations of her works get 4r 5 glowing stars from me Sadly not this ne I will read the next ne though because everyone is entitled to a not so good book now and then and Ms Putney has long been ne f my favorite authors If you read Loving A Lost Lord you probably knew that it was inevitable there d be a romance between Julia Bancroft Mariah s friend who is a midwife in Hartley and Major Alexander Randall I mean it was The Stringbean Murders obvious the way they instantly hated eachther These two were meant to be The book starts with Randall being summoned home by his not so doting uncle the Earl أساطير شعبية من قلب جزيرة العرب: الجزء الرابع of Daventry This is the earl who tried to starve Randall to death some years ago Seems the lastf Daventry s sons are now dead so it s up to Randall to come home marry and carry Stricken (Asphalt Cowboys, on the earldom Randall is hardly keen to do anything his uncle asksf him but he s fed up with soldiering so what the hey Once he reaches British soil though he s not so sold The Sporty Game on the ideaf presenting himself to Daventry let the American Yakuza II old bd wait Randall decides to head north to visit his pal Kirkland Maybe he ll drop by Hartleyn the way so he can scowl some at Julia Unfortunately he s not the Inventions That Changed the World: Working Wonders only guy who wants to scowl at her Three thugs arrive at her home first and drag herff in chains Randall rushes after them determined to save the day Backstory Julia has been hiding for the past few years after killing her husband Well sorta killing him if pushing him away when he was trying to kill her counts Seems the sick rapey bstrd was drunk and he clunked his head and died Aww shucksTo pile coincidence Love Onboard: Cupid's Caribbean Cruise on topf coincidences the creepy rapey liked to use a knife dead hubby just happens to be Branford the heir to the Daventry earldom until he croaked In Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing other words he s Randall s cousin Randall s solution to Julia s problem is genius because evidently if she s his wife and thus necessary if the earldom is to continue Daventry will callff the hounds After being raped beaten and carved Blood Love on by her last hubby Julia s not so keenn marriage It takes a bit f persuasion for her to agree to a chaste union and a LOT persuasion for her to agree to an UNchaste neThe periodic attempts to kill Julia kept me from being too bored with the will she won t she angst Lots f logic flaws in this view spoilerlike the fact that we re told sever. New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney continues her stunning Lost Lords series with this stirring sensual story f a rebellious nobleman drawn to a lovely widow with a shocking pastAs the sole remaining heir to the Earl f Daventry Alexander Randall knows his duty find a wife and sire a son f his wn Th.
Although I have absolutely no knowledge about how a woman who has been subjected to what Julia went through would have reacted r if she could ever have let another man touch her But this is a romantic novel so ne has to allow some degree f poetic license and the author did a good job DIY, Dammit!: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting of giving the situation a degreef credibility and in showing Julia s struggles and both the forward and backwards steps that were taken in her relationship with Alex In fact the part that felt least plausible to me came later in the book nce Alex and Julia have discovered that she is in fact a great heiress and he begins to worry that she no longer needs him a fact which rather wounds his masculine pride But then she had given him little reason to think therwise especially given her initial insistence n there being a way ut Civil rights, tool of communist deception of the marriage if she wanted it at the endf a yearThis isn t always an easy read but it was an engaging story and I liked the characterisation f the two principals Alex is kind and honourable and Julia is no nonsenseSimon Prebble is an excellent narrator He differentiates character voices clearly and although ne Cutthroat or twof his accents were a bit wobbly An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims overall I enjoyed his performance It was justk and frankly slightly boringI had not read the previous instalment in the series in which Randall met Julia and not having insights The Claiming of the Shrew on the future couple s first meeting is always an intense disappointment to me Several times I almost felt like the author was trying to rub in that number 1 in the series should have been read beforeThe heroine had been through very difficult experience with physical and mental abuse from her first husband an accident perceived as murder reject from her father an escape masueraded as a suicide and then 10 yearsr less working as a midwife in a small village She should have been interesting and touching But at the same time and Summoned once again she was so ladylike all the time never slipping from her pedestalf supreme perfection that she did not interest me that muchThe hero also did not have much personality He s supposed to always have been pposed to marriage before the starting f the book I m not really sure I understood why he changed his mind so uicklyThe plot could have been k except there are 2 huge coincidences in the story which rang absolutely fake and destroyed the credibility f the story in my eyesAnd the last part turned too cheesyIf I could I d put 25 but did not manage to settle at 3 Yep it s Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return official I m hookedn this series So far I m just loving these Lost Lords Randall was a great character in the first novel as was Julia I really enjoyed getting to read their story Learning about Julia s secretive past was Dead Inside of course greatly anticipated and this didn t disappoint So after the mild antagonism between these two in the first bookf course they were going to be the subjects f the second I did just adore Randall as the knight in shinning armor though He s such a gentleman and yet his military life has shaped him into a man f honor and integrity with a backbone The Taste of Spruce Gum of steel He has such a wonderful need to help the damsel in distress For all that she s a damsel and in distress Julia to slightly mis uote Disney s Hercules She can handle itJulia has had a tonf strength to get herself ut f the awful situation she was in abused by her first husband to escape and fake her She Stoops to Conquer own death while finding a career for herself She s learned plenty to become the competent midwife she is now thought to be I love that Randall respects that about her and doesn t try to curtail the natural power she s found for herself I liked how the relationship between these two developed The marriage was conceived under harsh circumstances and the uestionable naturef that came back up later Things weren t too easy for them They had to learn about each Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile other and work past their issues to get to a point where trust was eternal and each could be comfortable that thether wanted the same things from them Sure some things were undoubtedly going to go the way neither Orb of them suspected view spoilerWas there really ever any doubt that Julia s fears about being barren were going to be unfounded hide spoiler. And proposed to by a man she scarcely knows Stranger still is her urge to say yes A union with Alexander Randall could benefit them both but Julia doubts she can ever trust her heart againr the fervent desire Randall ignites Yet perhaps nly a Lost Lord can show a woman like Julia everything a true marriage can.
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MJ PutneyMary Jo Putney was born on 1946 in Upstate New York with a reading addiction a condition for which there is no known cure After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Balti Maryland where she has lived very comfortably ever since While becoming a novelist was her ultimate fantasy it never occurred to her that writing was an achievable goal until she acuired a computer for other purposes When the realization hit that a computer was the ultimate writing tool she charged merrily into her first book with an ignorance that illustrates the adage that fools rush in where angels fear to tread Fortune sometimes favors the foolish and her first book sold uickly thereby changing her life forever in most ways for the better “But why didn't anyone tell me that writing would change the way one reads” Like a lemming over a cliff she gave up her freelance graphic design business to become a full time writer as soon as possible Since 1987 Ms Putney has published twenty nine books and counting Her stories are noted for psychological depth and unusual subject matter such as alcoholism death and dying and domestic abuse She has made all of the national bestseller lists including the New York Times Wall Street Journal USAToday and Publishers Weekly Five of her books have been named among the year’s top five romances by The Library Journal The Spiral Path and Stolen Magic were chosen as one of Top Ten romances of their years by Booklist published by the American Library Association A nine time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA she has won RITAs for Dancing on the Wind and The Rake and the Reformer and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors She has been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards four NJRW Golden Leaf awards plus the NJRW career achievement award for historical romance Though most of her books have been historical she has also published three contemporary romances The Marriage Spell will be out in June 2006 in hardcover and Stolen Magic written as M J Putney will be released in July 2006 Ms Putney says that not least among the blessings of a full time writing career is that one almost never has to wear pantyhose