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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843921846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843921847
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,438,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lynette Vinet is a native of New Orleans, La. and now lives outside of Hammond, LA. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Creative Minds Writers. She has published eleven historical romances and also published genealogical articles over the past two decades. She is also a mother and doting grandmother. Steel Magnolia Press is currently re-publishing her backlist and making the books available in Kindle format. She wants her readers to know she is very appreciative of their support and very grateful for the kind reviews.

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I apologize to the writer, but stop churning this trash out.
Pamela
So, at this point, for this reader, no matter if Quint and Dera get together, this book has not made me "happy, happy, happy."
Judge Tabor
This was an interesting story but so much happened to the main character that I felt it was a little too much.
Ashley

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116 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Judge Tabor on September 26, 2013
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After checking out the the brief book description, I was looking forward to reading this book. About 1/3 of the way into the book, I knew it wasn't my type of book but decided to go ahead and finish it so I could write a review.

Background: Dera Brennan's mother was a beautiful girl who left Ireland to go to England when she was a young woman and eventually became the mistress of an English aristocrat. She wasn't particularly nice to Dera and when Dera asked who her father was, her mother told her she didn't know and that Dera was a bastard. When her aristocrat quit supporting her, she felt that having a young daughter was a hindrance to her future plans so she sent Dera to live with her Uncle Timothy in Ireland. Uncle Timothy was the overseer of the property owned by Lord Avery Fairfax. Although Uncle Timothy and his wife, Lydia weren't cruel to Dera, they weren't exactly the picture of a loving family either. Eventually Dera becomes her uncle's assistant and takes care of the rent ledgers of Lord Fairfax's tenants.

Irishman Quint Flannery's family home had been taken away from his family when he was a boy because they were Roman Catholics. His family's property was given to Lord Avery Fairfax and the Flannerys were now tenants on the property they used to own. One day Dera discovered that the Flannery family's rent wasn't being paid and her uncle explained that the father of the home had died and that his son, Quint, now lives in the cottage with his mother.

Being a compassionate girl, Dera decides to visit the Flannery home and check out their situation. She is somewhat taken aback when the handsome Quint answers the door. There is a spark between them and his mother, who apparently has been gifted with the "sight" tells Quint that Dera is "the one.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 30, 2013
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When you dislike all of the characters. Dera, as expected, is impossibly beautiful but hated by every woman in the novel, save her lady's maid, Anna. Quint, is impossibly handsome, but so frequently willing to believe ill of Dera it makes you wonder why he keeps coming back. In fact, most of the men in this novel hate Dera, at one time or another. So, why is Dera so sought after? Oh...I forgot...Dera is impossibly beautiful.

She's also rather ridiculous in my view. On three separate occasions she has information, that if shared, could have made a significant difference to Quint, our romantic hero, but for whatever reason, she chooses to remain silent. She vacillates between being a doormat and being a shrew toward the men in her life. At one point Anna, says "I'll never understand your unthinking tongue." I'm right there with you, Anna.

I should also note that there is one occasion in this book that walks a very fine line between rape and consensual sex. If that concerns you, be wary.

Overall, I found this book to be a mile wide and an inch deep in its attempt to tell the tempestuous love story of Quint and Dera. Quint is willfully stubborn and Dera is...well, I don't know what Dera is except beautiful. There is weak characterization and numerous sex scenes that felt superfluous. I think I'll pass on the remaining books of this series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Irene Wood on April 16, 2014
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While the story was well written and as my title says, a very beautiful love story I could not quite like Quint. He professed to love Dera so much, but couldn't stay out of Peg O'Connel's bed. I don't like it when the hero is unfaithful to the heroine. He can be
a "bad boy" but never unfaithful. All in all a very good read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dkelley on April 1, 2014
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The book was okay it just seem like it was a broken record it just kept going he loves me he loves me not he loves me he loves me not on top of the main guy in the story continuously treated her bad and cheated on her yet she continued to take him back didn't really understand that plus it was almost like he forced himself on her a few times but she still fell in love with him and took him back almost an abusive relationship type of book was kind of hard to read at times wasn't horrible and I will try to read the next book in the series but so far it has been difficult will review it once done
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. McCombs on July 21, 2014
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If you enjoy a series of unfortunate events, people who can't/won't tell the truth to each other, unrequited love, and shallow characters, then this book is for you. I felt the character development was poor. The main hero and heroine only like each other for their looks, and don't seem to grow at all and come off as characters who have little to no depth. The supporting characters, except for Anna, are shallow and underdeveloped. I don't enjoy depressing reads, a little bit of strife is good if the characters grow from it, but this was nothing but strife and the characters never grew. Very disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on July 12, 2014
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so it was ok.Didn't really know what to expect with this book. Never heard of the author or the series. The story was told well and it moved at a steady pace .No drawn out dramatics which was refreshing.

I had a hard time liking Dera .She was very submissive through out the whole book. She goes through many trials that mature her and while I don't agree with most of the decisions she made she never faltered when it came to protecting or helping the ones she loves.

Quint was an interesting character to get to know. He believed in what he was doing throughout the book and even though he does some things that are mean he still stays true to him loving her and proves himself worthy I guess to me in the end.
While I think this story was good a lot of Drea and Quints problems were lack of communication and even when the truth comes out they resist each other out of mistrust.

All in all it was good for a free book .
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