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Dreaming [Kindle Edition]

Jill Barnett
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Book Description

The Earl of Downe has come home to rusticate from this wild ways--spurred by his need to prove his father was right...that he is nothing but a worthless rake. But at a neighboring estate, Letty Hornsby believes dear Richard is her hero, her dream man, her heart's desire! She's been in love with him since childhood, since she was eleven and accidentally knocked him into a river, the first of several such disastrous encounters. Now that the earl's friends have convinced him to leave Town and recuperate from overindulgence (women, alcohol and gambling), Letty is taking advantage of the opportunity and spinning her own plan to save Richard from himself.

Richard expects his life to be boring and restful once he's home, but after a chance encounter with the meddlesome Letty and her obnoxious dog, Gus, he discovers there is no rest for the wicked. He soon finds himself captive aboard a smugglers' ship with an adoring young woman who is a walking catastrophe...and her enormous clod of a dog. Never missing a beat, she gets them into one hilarious predicament after another before Richard realizes that she might be the one woman who can save his black soul with a faith in him that is bright enough to burn the shadows from the darkest heart. If he can survive....

Publishers Weekly starred review. "A ray of summer sunshine!" Jill Barnett has concocted another charming tale filled with witty dialog, plenty of humor and a sprinkling of magic.

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From Publishers Weekly

What immediately comes to mind when reading Barnett's ( Bewitching ) early 19th-century English romance is the famous Abbott and Costello baseball routine, "Who's on first." The Earl of Downe, an infamous rake, is the Abbott figure--the straight man--full of sage advice and clever comebacks. Letty Hornsby is Costello. She not only twists and turns everything she says into nonsensical babble, but she's a walking catastrophe as well. Anyone who comes within a hundred yards of her is asking for trouble. Indeed, Letty is a bit of a scatterbrain--but never does she come off as stupid. Instead, her character is ingenuous and sweetly innocent. For years Letty has been in love with the earl: "Richard was her hero. Her everything. Her dreams, her hopes, and every moment existed only because he did." Sent home by his friends to recuperate from his overindulgences in alcohol, women and gambling, the earl has an accidental encounter with Letty, aka the hellion, and before he knows it the two of them--and her dog Gus, whom the earl calls the hellhound--are captives aboard a smugglers' ship. One hilarious incident after another keeps the story's pace clipping along to a satisfying, very romantic conclusion. Barnett has a rare knack for humor. Her characters are joyously fresh and her style is a delight to read--a ray of summer sun.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In love with Richard Lennox, Earl of Downe, since childhood, Letitia Hornsby pursues him relentlessly. To her, he is a gift from God; to him, she is a hellion. Eventually, of course, he realizes what a treasure she is, but there are plenty of hilarious "Letty-caused" disasters to be enjoyed before this knowledge sinks in. Barnett (Bewitching, Pocket Bks., 1993) has produced a funny, charmingly told tale filled with witty dialog, delightful characters, and a healthy dash of magic.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (May 9, 1994)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U2RWUG
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and utterly charming January 20, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is actually on my keeper shelf. I've read it countless times and if you're in the mood for a light, kind of fluffy, careless read that is funny and sweet, this is it.
It's a sequel to Ms. Barnett's Bewitching, which was also a lovely story. I think you should read that first to maybe get a full impact but the book can stand alone if need be.
In this book, Letty, the heroine is a dreamer. Extremely silly and innocent, she contrasts with our hero, Richard who is cynical and jaded. Letty's somewhat accident prone which is often agonizing for Richard since he's often the brunt of her humorous accidents. She loves him and is convinced that he's a hero (really) despite him insisting that he isn't. It's a very amusing and touching story on the way to find out who's actually right.
Almost all the secondary characters from Bewitching are included. Joy, Alec, Joy's Aunt, Seymour and several new characters as well. It's very well written and put together. It is also very imaginative and I can't describe enough just how funny it is.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very sweet and charming.... August 10, 1999
By A Customer
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At first, i really hated Letitia. I thought she had no pride. She only thought of her feelings for Richard, and gave no thought to how others might perceived her feelings. But slowly, I started to admire and respect her courage. She is brave enough to say how she feels, with no strings attached. Slowly, like Richard, I came to care for her and to feel the pain that she was ffeling. Jill Barnett has really done wonders with this character that you just feel like you are in her shoes. Towards the end, you begin rooting for her happiness, and Jill Barnett has delivered it with style and full of charm. A definate MUST!!!!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Most annoying--if well-meant--heroine on Earth December 26, 2011
By ruchi
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I really wanted to like this book. I'm a sucker for the plot--unrequited love, brooding hero, hijinks on a smuggler's ship--I was really excited and willing to forgive the idea of Letty existing "only for Richard" if there was redeeming comedy, realistic evolution of character, exciting plot, etc.

None of the above. Seriously.

The comedy had it's shining moments when Richard would snark under his breath or Henry would rear back in terror when Letty came on the scene--that seems to be what Barnett does best, creating long-suffering male characters. But all the exposition in the world, nor all the effort in the world to make Letty piteous and good-hearted could redeem that mess of a heroine. She is forever endangering people with her clumsiness (and seems to have limited self-awareness of it, despite her repeated apologies) and there was very little exploration of why she is so over-the-top (for the attention of those she loves, as she has grown up quite lonely without a mother) which could have given some much needed character development.

Letty also talks way too much. Way way way too much. I actually pressed skip after awhile and then went back to reread to see if I missed anything. No. She is just really verbose, and not in, again, an endearing way like Kate MacAllister's heroines. In a completely annoying and book-dragging sort of way.

Barnett's hero and heroine are both kind of dumb, to be honest. Their motives for their behavior were not properly demonstrated nor really convincing. And if you felt any sort of frustration with Bella Swan in Twilight (as in, if you are a female with any self dignity at all) STAY AWAY FROM LETTY.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book October 26, 2011
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As much as I loved the book Bewitching, I can't believe I never realized there was a sequel to it. I bought Dreaming based on how much I loved Bewtiching and I was not disappointed. Our heroine is a klutz, always causing some kind of havoc, our hero too straight-laced for his own good. The dog, Gus, was worth the price of the book. There is a scene in the middle of the English Channel where Gus falls overboard and I could not stop laughing. There were actually several scenes that were laugh-out-loud funny. Maybe because it has been so long since I read Bewitching, I didn't compare Dreaming to it and find Dreaming lacking in any way. Jill Barnett writes the best stories.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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"Letitia Olive Hornsby believed in fate, in hearts destined, in love at first sight. And she had loved him forever." At age eleven, she met Richard Lennox, her next-door neighbor, and the man of her dreams. She watched him ride his white steed onto the bridge, and knew it was love at first sight. Then she accidentally knocked him into the river.
Richard, now the Earl of Downe, has been the object of Letty's affections for years. He has also been the object of her good intentions, which continually go astray. Like the time she accidentally dislocated his shoulder, or when she drove his curricle over his foot, forcing him to use a cane for two months.
Richard's friends have been concerned about him of late, and finally convince him to return home from London. He's been putting all his effort into running from his mental demons, by indulging in drinking, gambling, dueling, and bedding every willing woman he could find. Now that he's home, things are about to get even worse. Letty, or as Richard refers to her, "the Hornsby hellion", is spying on him from a tree, and has another mishap. This mishap results in their capture by smugglers, who place them together in a cell aboard ship. And to make matters worse for Richard, Letty's "hellhound" dog, Gus, is also captured with them. Being trapped with Letty for days at sea may prompt him to realize his feelings for her...if Letty doesn't sink the ship before they manage to escape.
This is the sequel to "Bewitching" which I accidentally read in the wrong order. I believe this may be the funniest story Ms. Barnett has written. I don't think I've ever laughed so much while reading a book. But it isn't all laughs because the story is also very sweet and touching. You may even shed a tear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Pattie OKane
5.0 out of 5 stars "As long as there are dreamers, dreams will come true"
I loved this book! It made me laugh and it made me cry. Letty is a dreamer and a romantic and Richard is a cynical softy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gonchu41
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Romantic Story. My Favorite!
This is my favorite book. Ever. I adore Letty and her sweet honesty. She knows what she wants and goes after it, no matter how much trouble she causes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS NOT IT
I love Jill Barnett books but this was almost impossible to read. Annoying heroine and animal, It felt like all the ingredients were there but for whatever reason it just didn't... Read more
Published 4 months ago by QUELIE
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreaming
I feel that this book is very well written. It held my interest through out the whole book. I continued to enjoy the characters which were from the "Bewitching" book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sherrie M. Sherry
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very fun read, enjoyed it very much.
Published 5 months ago by QBMo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
luv a good laugh with a unusual premise
Published 6 months ago by KRISTINE ELLINGFORD
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This book is laugh out loud funny and enduring, if only we all had a heart like " the hellion."
Published 6 months ago by Avid Kindle Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow up book to bewitched. Good read!
Humorous story. Fast read. Nice follow up to Bewitched.
Published 6 months ago by CLS
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved dreaming, it was lovely.
This is the second book I read in this series. It told the story of Letty and Richard. They were in the first book as secondary characters. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Linda Ward9
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I am a native Californian, a baby boomer who grew up in a very idyllic place at a very idyllic time--on the coast of Southern California in the 60's, although I spent many childhood summers before that on my grandparents' farm in Texas.

So I'm a West Coast girl raised by Southern parents, who grew up in a place where you spent your free time playing volleyball on the beach and weekends dancing to local bands like Beach Boys and the Righteous Brothers.

My husband and I met in high school, and I never knew I wanted to be a writer until I was in my thirties and back in college again. I had been an art major the first time around--it was the 60's--quit to make some kind of mark in the world, but I got married instead.

My love of history and reading and art all came together for me when I quit school again, after working toward my history degree and then becoming a mother--something we were told couldn't happen. (The child not the degree.) So with the miracle gift of my daughter, came a new career for me.

I knew then I wanted to write a book, had an idea and more importantly a vision of the kind of stories I wanted to tell. I told myself I could always go back to school.

Funny thing the way life works. Almost two years to the day I quit school, I sold my first book on 50 pages to Pocket Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. That was over 22 years ago and many books later.

So the road I traveled to become an author had many twists and turns, joys and disappointments. Yet I'm doing something I really love. In so many ways I'm a very lucky woman.

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