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About the Author

Jude Deveraux is the author of historical and contemporary women's fiction featuring women of strong character and gorgeous, exciting men. Jude has had more than thirty books on the New York Times bestsellers list, 60 million copies in print, and has been translated into 18 languages. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading murder mysteries, working in her garden, and in boxing class she likes to show much younger males that she can throw a mean right cross.

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Product Details

  • Series: Avon Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380400634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380400638
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't believe Jude Deveraux. She is one of my top authors, and everytime that I read one of her books, I am amazed once again at the sheer genius of her writing power. It is impossible to read one of her books without being involved in it and moved. _The Enchanted Land_ is no exception, and I am once more awed by the power of her skills.
Morgan Wakefeild's got a problem. Her rich father, whom is recently deceased has left everything from his life to her... on one condition. She has to marry a man and live in New Mexico for a year to inherit it all. This is big trouble for Morgan because, ever since she was one years old, she lived with her mother in a house with little contact to the outside world. When her mother died, Morgan went to her uncle to live. Morgan's uncle was a very greedy man, and when he heard about the will, he figures that if Morgan doesn't marry, he will get the money. So, he hides her beauty beneath baggy clothes and keeps her hidden from society.
At one of Morgan's rare outings, a couple days before a prolonged trip to Europe, Morgan hears a group of two women talking about Seth Coulter. He's got a ranch in New Mexico. This seems an answer to Morgan's prayers. She aproaches Seth and offers him twenty five thousand dollars to marry her. Seth is amused and attracted to this strange little girl and decides to accept her offer. The two journey on to New Mexico.
A love blossoms between these two amidst the backdrop of an enchanted land. But, fate seems to feel that they must fight for their love, so it interveens. Jealousy, lies, and fate makes them enemies. Can destiny and love prevail?
_The Enchanted Land_ is a must read for any reader who enjoys reading about the American frontier. I always love a break from the lords and ladies of England.
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So, I'll be honest. I was a teenager when I fell in love with Jude Deveraux's books. Her best book in my opinion, Remembrance, was published 15 years ago. I have changed a lot since then and I so has Ms. Deveraux's genre and writing style. I assumed that these 2 shifts were the reason that I remembered her early stuff fondly but hate anything she'd done in the past 10 years. So when I saw this book from her early days, I was excited. I thought "Oh, maybe this will be a throwback to what I remember!" If it is a throwback, I've changed a lot more than I realized, and all for the better.

The heroine in this book is pathetic. And her near misses with the harshness that other women experienced as her "beauty" protected her were horrible. I understand that this book was written in a different time period but jeez, the women's rights movement was well underway in the U.S. One would think that it had never been heard of, if reading this book.

A few of the more offensive points:

The main character consistently being referred to as "childlike"
Several attempted rapes
3 successful rapes
A woman who is revered because she is considered "beautiful"
Characters constantly maneuvering situations around the heroine "for her own good"
A man who is made the hero simply because he didn't actually rape the heroine despite being consistently condescending, rude and dismissive of her

Another reviewer described this as similar to The Perils of Pauline. That is an apt description. I would definitely NOT recommend this book if you are a woman who not only thinks for herself but who doesn't think that one needs to be "allowed" to do so. Bunk that.
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This book began with tons of promise. Cute beginning. Young Morgan Wakefield is set to inherit her beautiful Kentucky estate, where she has been raised, admittedly, as a sheltered and well-cared for young woman by her single mother. She is a sweet, smart girl, and must deal with a situation: she must marry for one year and live on her father's estate in the wild west in order to inherit her birthright in Kentucky. Thus she makes a bargain to sexy, strong Seth Colter: that he marry her for one year (in name only) in order for her to meet these requirements and then she will pay him off, annul the marriage and move back home to Kentucky.

The beginning continues to be rich with Seth being delightfully attracted to Morgan in all the right ways. They have an adorable, flirtatious beginning. The story is fun and adventurous.

Then the story just went horribly askew. The couple spends only a few months together, and years apart. There are some spoilers here, so don't read on if you don't want them.

Romances love to play off The Big Misunderstanding, but this novel could have set the standard. Seth abandons his true love without thought and never even double checks her where-abouts when she is abducted and sold into slavery. He doubts her love and loyalty because he saw her walking in a garden with the bad guy. Whatever!

Things get worse when he finally (after a LONG time, like over a year) finds her. There's a moment of true happiness when he beds her but then he immediately rejects her again. AGAIN. For another two years.

OK, I was exasperated. This Seth seemed like a real dolt. Luckily, Morgan moves on and lives her life. The story is very entertaining still, but not romantic.

And I'm amazed at how no one minded the last third of the book.
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