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The Enchanted Land (Avon Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – September 25, 2012
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A young man needed money for ranch, a young woman needs a husband. They strike a deal. Then things happen to tear ten apart. Will they ever be able to be happy.Published 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
I liked the book however not great. . it was a bit slow in places. Overall I recommend because the book all works out.Published 27 days ago by Kelli
One of the first romance books that I remember reading was A Knight in Shining Armour and I loved it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Prasad
Just glad I did not live in the 1850's.
Enjoyed the book, totally. Jude is a great author with a great imagination. Read more
I really enjoyed this story. It had many twists and turns, and it was an interesting time era. I would recommend it.Published 5 months ago by Emily Chan
I know this is a reissue, but I can hardly believe Jude Deveraux wrote this book; it's more like an effort by a first time novelist rather than one of the top writers in the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by madwoman
This early novel should be an inspiration for all inexperienced writers. I wonder how many novels Dickens wrote before he published?Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
It took everything in me to continue reading this book. The storyline started off okay, but I got tired soon enough of how little and beautiful she was and how big and handsome... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ricci O