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Casa Grande Paperback – July, 1982
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm glad to own a copy, and will probably never relinquish it, because I wanted the complete Deveraux collection, and this one marked its completion. However, I have to admit a serious disappointment, especially since I prefer her earlier works to her later ones.
To forewarn all the romance fans--this is not a romance. It's a grand story of a woman who grows up and discovers herself, and a fantastic tale of the business she starts, but overall, it's rather drawn-out and the conclusion seems anti-climactic.
Anyone who wants the complete collection should buy this, definitely, and even read it through, but I doubt it'll be a favorite.
She came home a small-town celebrity but the dream she fought for made her a woman of the world . . .
Determined to repay those who have sacrificed much for her, Laura Taylor turns her artistic vision to a fabulous dream. From the ruins of a Spanish mission, she will build a splendidly luxurious pleasure resort, frequented by the world's most glamorous people.
A woman of indomitable passions and remarkable strength, she is forced to deal with the jealousies and deceptions of those nearest her, and the crushing loss of the husband she adores. But, overcoming the setbacks life throws at her, she is, first and foremost, an artist, creating grandeur and elegance. And her finest masterpiece by far is the woman she makes of herself . . .
The inside reads:
She changed the lives of all who knew her
Clarry Taylor - The sister who was always envious of Laura - and used her own striking blonde beauty to get revenge.
Garrick Eastman - He would always want Laura, but he married her sister out of spite.
Ross Kenyon - He was there when Laura needed him most, and his devotion would cost him his life.
Julia Kenyon - The daughter who bitterly resented growing up in Laura's shadow and became her most implacable rival.
Brad Northrup - The architect who wanted Laura - but was tenaciously pursued by her daughter.
Jack Galloway - The syndicate money-man who used his charm and looks to try to destroy Laura.
Casa Grande is not a typical Jude Deveraux novel and it's not really a romance novel. It's a story about a girl who turns into a woman throughout the course of the book. I thought that Laura was a good character, but I felt that JD strayed away from her as the novel went on. The novel did end rather abruptly, but all in all it was good book, not her best nor her worst. I'd recommend giving it a read, but it might not be a keeper.
a good read for the lovers of that style (which for me is hard to describe).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This review is for the actual purchase. It made received in a good time, and in good condition given that it was a used book. I have no complaint with it.Published 24 months ago by W. G. Cline
This item was purchased many years ago and want off my screen. Product must have been ok, otherwise I would have given it 1 star. Great product, I think??Published on December 3, 2013 by Joni
I am a huge Jude fan!!!!!!!!!! This is one of her earlier works but definitely worth the read. Glad I ordered it.Published on August 5, 2013 by Dawn M Heaton
Too many characters are described, the title of the novel suits well.
The one night weakness of the heroine is not something common we can find on other novels from Jude... Read more
I'M A BIG FAN OF JUDE DEVERAUX, AND HAVE BEEN FOR MANY YEARS. I RECENTLY DID A SEARCH OF HER WORKS AND CAME ACROSS THIS BOOK--WHICH I FOUND ON AMAZON, AND BOUGHT. Read morePublished on May 28, 2010 by Ms. Audrey Kennedy