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Cinders to Satin Mass Market Paperback – October 12, 1986


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books (October 12, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345339525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345339522
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This book is one of the less famous Fern Michaels romances, but definitely one of her best. I can remember reading it in high school. Fern Michaels was a favorite of mine, and I had been working my way through all of the "Captive" series. "Cinders to Satin" was a bit of a departure, but I loved it! It's more complex than many historical romances both from the eighties and now in that it covers a longer period of time, and we watch the heroine, Callie James, grow and experience a lot before she ends up with the hero, Byrch Kenyon, though their lives do intersect throughout much of the book. But when they do hook-up, look out! It's a memorable scene that I've never forgotten. If you haven't read "Cinders to Satin," don't miss it!
Shauna Summers, Senior Editor

From the Inside Flap

From the bestselling historical romance writer Fern Michaels, author of TEXAS RICH and TEXAS HEAT, comes this exciting saga of Callie James, a brave immigrant girl from squalid Dublin, who battles her way through the hard world of late nineteenth century New York on a passion-filled, bittersweet journey to make her dreams of passion and success come true.

Customer Reviews

I couldn't put in down until I read the whole book.
daustin
Fern had to have done intense research to be able to write of what immigrants faced.
maryqueen
Didn't want to see the book end and would love to see a sequel to the book.
Diana Fackler

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jayteen on August 28, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I remember reading this book a long time ago, back in high school when I first started reading romance novels.... While browsing through Amazon.com, reading reviews and looking for a good book to buy, Cinders to Satin came to mind and so I had to look it up, curious to see if there were any reviews written about this wonderful novel. After reading some of the reviews, I had to write one of my own...
Cinders to Satin was and still is one of my all time favorite FM novels. After all these years, I can still vividly remember what the novel was about, proving that C2S has left a lasting impression. I loved the way the story began, how the heroine met the hero. The young hero saves a brash but brave little girl from being caught, and possibly hanged, for stealing food to feed her family (Ireland was going through a depression due to the potato plight). By pure chance, he sees her years later, and saves her a second time--this time from a fate far worse, a fate of exploitation and deceit. And he comes to her rescue again at the end, this time he saves her from herself. Don't get me wrong though, the heroine is anything but weak and fragile. She is bright and strong willed, but there is an innocence and naiveté about her that leaves her vulnerable. Callie grows up and goes through many hardship and tribulations.... But in the end, she discovers a love that has always been there, a true love that was lasting...
Cinders to Satin is a beautiful story of love lost and love found, hardship faced and happiness gained, of mistakes made and lessons learned. It is not the typical love story, but all the best elements of a true romance novel are there. Cinders to Satin is a truely unforgettable novel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Farida L. Ujjainwala on April 20, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I wouldn't read this book if I really wanted to read a romance novel. The story is nice but full of tragedy and too much description of everything. It's not a light reading kind. It left me with a heavy head. To get to the real romance part you got to reach till the 3rd part of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Love Romance on December 18, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my very first romance novel to read when I was 20 years old and I have reread it a dozen times since then. Fern Micheals is an excellent historical romance writing and hooked my for life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol Peterson Hennekens on December 3, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Background: Starts in late 1840's Dublin and follows the life of Callie James for the next five or so years as she emigrates to New York. Selected by Romantic Times as one of the top 200 romances written since 1980.
Basically, this is a book with a split personality. The first 300 or so pages are the saga of a poverty stricken Irish girl going through one crisis after another. Our "hero", Bryce, appears three times - all briefly. The final third of the book is their "romance".
This book disappointed me. It may be just my taste, but when I set out to read a romance, I expect the male and female to be interacting with each other. Also, the characters aren't very interesting or deep. Callie is so busy surviving that there isn't much else to her. Bryce is a one dimensional guy that we never learn much about. Indeed, the only character with any charm for me was the butler, Edward - a chess playing, closet romantic black gentleman.
If you like rags to riches sagas, there are better efforts out there (think Barbara Taylor Bradford) and if you want romance....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maureen on March 28, 2014
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Enjoyed the insight into the hardships of Ireland and the process of getting into America in those early years.
Story kept me coming back to my kindle.
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This was a great book, took you back in history as you watched the struggles of a young girl, trying to support her family, her harrowing trip to America, her struggle through adulthood and love and the unbearable pain of motherhood. I couldn't put the book down. I did find the last part of the book to be long and drawn out. It could have been shortened and more about Callie and Byrch into the future, what happened to them did they have children. I would have liked to have seen that.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was an incredible book! Fern Michaels certainly can write. Callie is a great character to get to know. The story is both tragic and romantic...simply irresistable! You experience a child's fear, the struggle of an adolescent, the joy and pain of a young mother. A truly beautiful novel that gives Fern Michaels a good name!
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By Alice on October 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Couldn't put this book down, such a good writer.

What a wonderful love story, and a little sad at times,
Especially when her baby died.
Then her friend came back in her life

They fell love, wouldn't tell each other UNTIL the very end.
Fern Michaels did a wonderful job with this book really all her books are good.
Very enjoyable Will get more of herbooks
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Fern Michaels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Fool Me Once, Sweet Revenge, The Nosy Neighbor, Pretty Woman, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret.

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