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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
#1 HALL OF FAMEon December 19, 2002
As southern states succeed from the Union like dominos both sides of the conflict wonder what position will highly regarded Senator David Campbell take. Two presidents court the Mississippi representative, but David accepts Lincoln's offer of advisor on the war council. Before he leaves for DC, David decides to free his slaves as a symbolic gesture. Though his daughter Cameron bursts with pride over her father's courageous actions, his son Grant detests the destruction of his privileged life. In a drunken ire, he kills his father, but persuades authorities that an accident occurred.
Grant denies Cameron's insistence that their father was freeing the slaves because he intends to sell them. However, Grant fails to recognize his sister's passion for honoring her father's wishes and see the slaves to safety and freedom. She persuades Lincoln's escort envoy Jackson Logan, undercover as a merchant, to help her even though he broke her heart several years ago. As they journey together, their love flourishes while they struggle to survive one harrowing experience after another.
Most readers realize that a visit to Rosemary Rogers' neighborhood is always a sure shot for finding a powerfully enjoyable novel. Her latest tale, AN HONORABLE MAN, may be her best as this Civil War tale contains a terrific plot, a feel for the era, two delightful lead protagonists, a nasty villain, and a tremendous support cast. Fans of historical romance will gain much satisfaction with this superior Americana story.
Harriet Klausner
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2003
Had to respond to the previous 5 star review, because I couldn't disagree more. This book was truly a disappointment!
Although Rosemary Rogers has a decent writing style, the plot and character development of An Honorable Man is almost nonexistant. The main heroine of the book, named Cameron, is very unlikeable to the point where you wonder how all the people around her can love her so much. She is spoiled, bratty, and dumb to boot. And you cringe at her selfish decisions that put everyone at jeopardy. Much more likeable is the secondary heroine, Taye, Cameron's mulatto half-sister, and I kept hoping that the hero of the book would dump Cameron and sensibly go for Taye.
As for plot, although the book is set in the South at the onset of the Civil War, the characters' story is not adequately weaved into the bigger backdrop of the war. The hero is supposed to be an agent of the North and morally just because he opposes slavery, but really all he does is run around in secret meeting shadowy contacts. He doesn't really DO anything. He's a jerk in the beginning, which is never really explained, and it's never clear why he falls in love with Cameron when they reunite.
Although I applaud writers who try to break away from formula romance writing, the one thing a romance novel can't get away from is two main characters that are sympathetic or admirable or plain likeable enough for readers to be invested in their stories. If we are to root for their finding true love, we have to like them enough to think they deserve it. There is nothing I hate more than devoting a few hours to spend with people I come to despise, because then I feel cheated by a happy outcome.
Avoid this book. You will be happy you did.
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on August 16, 2006
A really great historical romance set in Mississippi at the beginning of the Civil War. Although the heroine is a bit hard to really really like, I found myself really pulling for her and Jackson at the end of the book. I look forward to reading the sequel to this book very much. Rosemary Rogers is one of the best historical romance writers I have come across over the years and you will be hard pressed to find a more consistent writer, her books are always entertaining and sensual without being over the top. Read this book, you will not be disappointed!!
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on September 30, 2014
A great love story and visit into the civil war time period. Rosemary Rogers has a clean refreshing writing style and an ability to make her characters come to life.
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on September 24, 2014
It kept my Interest and I enjoyed the history involved with the civil war and romance in the store
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on September 18, 2014
Really a great love story. Was a little long but held my interest. I love the
writer.
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on May 1, 2015
I REALLY ENJOY ANYTHING ROSEMARY ROGERS WRITES
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on November 4, 2014
great historical romance writer
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2005
Long ago, when Rosemary Rogers wrote her first Steve & Ginny love story, SWEET SAVAGE LIFE, I wrote to her to tell her how much I got out of it and how much I loved those two characters. Amazingly, she wrote back, and I have that letter stuffed somewhere in my copy of TEA PLANTER'S BRIDE.

After her debut (she must have recived lots of letters such as mine) and two novels in between, she wrote DARK FIRES (part 2 of the Ginny and Steve story). Now, this one SAVAGE DESIRE was released so many years later, how on earth can she still have the ability to have these two lovers so much as they were in the beginning? Now in London 1876 instead of out on the praire where their love began and the parents of twins, they still carry on a temptuous love affair.

The book mark I have in this book is "Your Love Is A Treasure." There are twenty-two of her novels available on Amazon.com. I have no idea how many she wrote because I became a sedate married woman who read only non-fiction for some time to become self educated. No self-respecting Southern lady would be caught dead with such a torrid, trashy novel. I also enjoyed AN HONORABLE MAN.

I belonged to a literary club for 36 years and spent time reading other more respectable authors, but I always came back to Rosemary Rogers. She started me out feeling like a woman and now that I am older, helps me to continue those deep feelings, even if they can't be consummated. The one I love belongs to someone else, and really he's too young for me anyway.
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