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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (March 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380819635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380819638
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Setting: London and Scotland, 1843

Sensuality: 8

Lovely and world-weary, Enid MacLean has no wish to set eyes on her ne'er-do-well husband again. Abandoned by him nine years earlier, she has supported herself as a nurse companion. When Mr. Throckmorton tells her that her long-absent husband is wounded, dying, and in need of her, she reluctantly travels to Throckmorton's estate where she finds a man whose face and body are badly wounded but whose eyes are the distinctive green and gold she remembers. Grimly, she sets about saving his life.

Stephen MacLean wakes and his body grows stronger, but his memory is nonexistent. He doesn't remember being married to Enid, yet the beautiful woman with the acerbic tongue challenges and enchants him. Enid is dismayed to find herself being seduced once again by Stephen. How can she desire the husband who treated her so shabbily? Meanwhile, Stephen's instinct warns him they're in danger, but it isn't until their lives are threatened and nearly lost that Throckmorton sends the couple north to Stephen's family estate, where the truth, finally revealed, is startling.

The English and Scottish backdrops are picture perfect for this latest installment in Christina Dodd's Distinguished Academy of Governesses series. With an interesting plot that combines the mysteries of amnesia and Russian spies, plus a lot of heat between the strong hero and heroine, Lost in Your Arms is historical romance at its best. --Lois Faye Dyer

From Publishers Weekly

Fraught with overwrought characters and contrived plot twists, the fifth entry in Dodd's early Victorian-era Governess Bride series picks up where the previous novel, In My Wildest Dreams, left off. Unlike the other members of the Distinguished Academy of Governesses, Enid MacLean is neither single nor a governess. She's a strong-minded nurse who was abandoned nine years ago by her ne'er-do-well husband, Stephen, after only three months of marriage. Now her delinquent husband is back, badly wounded by an explosion in the Crimea and in need of her healing touch. Enid reluctantly returns to find him scarred, suffering from amnesia and in peril from a Russian spy. Unfazed by Stephen's condition, Enid promptly regales him with stories of his past sins, never realizing that the man who both angers and entices her may not be her husband. The novel jumps abruptly from one angst-ridden confrontation to another, rushing toward a staged, sensational conclusion that holds more sparks than substance. Although the romantic tension between Dodd's hero and heroine will pull readers onward inexorably, the espionage subplot lends little credibility or depth to this trite tale. (Mar. 5)Forecast: Dodd's Governess Bride series has a devout following, but this weak entry may leave readers wondering if the author has lost her edge. Although negative word-of-mouth may deter some fans from picking up Dodd's latest, those who do will be placated by the inclusion of the hero and heroine from her previous book.
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Christina's 2015 List of Upcoming Stories:
-- A PIRATE'S WIFE FOR ME: A new, full-length, Governess Brides historical (Feb. 15)
-- THE RELATIVES: A new Virtue Falls Short Story (April 7)
-- The paperback of VIRTUE FALLS (June 30)
-- OBSESSION FALLS: A new, full-length Virtue Falls novel (Sept 8)

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In 2014, Christina introduced Virtue Falls suspense series with:
-- THE LISTENER: A Virtue Falls Short Story
-- VIRTUE FALLS: A Full-Length Suspense
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-- GABRIEL'S GIFT: A Lost Hearts Christmas Story (All-new 2014)

Readers become writers, and Christina Dodd has always been a reader. She reads everything, but because she loves humor, she likes romance best. A woman wants things like world peace, a clean house, and a deep and meaningful relationship based on mutual understanding and love. A man wants things like a Craftsman router with attachments, undisputed control of the TV remote, and a red Corvette which will miraculously make his bald spot disappear. When Christina's first daughter was born, she told her husband she was going to quit work and write a book. It was a good time to start a new career, because how much trouble could one little infant be?

Ha! It took ten years, two children and three completed manuscripts before her first novel, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW, was published to great acclaim. In the years since, she has enjoyed writing witty, emotional novels for every reader: suspense, historical romances, paranormal romances, romantic suspense. Her stories have been translated into 25 languages, won the prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Christina Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle (11/18/05, # 13 Down: Romance Novelist named Christina.) Publishers Weekly praises her style that 'showcases Dodd's easy, addictive charm and steamy storytelling.' With more than fifteen million of her books in print, her legions of fans always know that when they pick up a Christina Dodd book, they've found, "an absolute thrill ride of a book!"

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Customer Reviews

The book was very well written and the characters are very likeable.
R. Plaza-Gotay
I totally got lost reading this book, not in a bad way, mind you, but it kept me up all night, as soon as I finished, I just had to read it again.
Very emotional, suspense, humor, adventure and loving - a GREAT read!
M. Rondeau

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By susu_22 on March 12, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a fan of Christina Dodd, so my review is probably a little biased.
In this story, Enid is a nurse who cares for the elderly. She is called from the home of a woman she cares deeply for, to unwillingly care for her estranged husband. She remembers Stephen as a reckless gambler who abandoned her, leaving her to pay his debts by working as a nurse. As she puts it, she was only "this" close from being in the workhouse. Over a period of 9 years, her resentment has grown. She now only wants a plot of land, so she can tend a garden and have a sense of stability and familiarity in her life.
She does not recognize Stephen, since his injuries leave his face and body bandaged and scarred. She does remember his eyes and works on bringing him back from the brink of death. When he finally awakens, he has lost his memory and does not remember anything about his past, including his wife.
Throughout the book, Enid slowly reveals why she has resented him so many years. It seems as though Stephen has changed. His physical nearness and teasing affects Enid, as well as his new devotion to her. Is he really the same person she married?
Again, I really liked this book. Enid was a strong character, who was not afraid to clean up and tend to her patient and his room. Unlike most novels, where a servant or maid did the cleaning up and watching over a patient. She was always quick to come up with a witty response to Stephen, rather than let him dictate to her.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "klpepsi" on March 29, 2004
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After a brief infatuation, Enid MacLean had married at the tender age of seventeen. Her husband, Stephen MacLean, turned out to be impulsive, irresponsible, and unwilling to stay in one place too long. After three months of marriage, he abandoned Enid to fend for herself, and pay off his accumulated debts.
Nine years later, Enid now works as a nurse companion for the Distinguished Academy of Governesses. Her world is turned upside down again, when a man named Throckmorton informs her of an explosion abroad, which has severely injured her long-missing husband. Reluctantly, she leaves her current post to do her wifely duty and take care of Stephen. What she sees when she gets there is shocking. This man, barely clinging to life, looks nothing like the husband she remembers, except for the striking color of his eyes. Until her arrival, most everyone felt he had no chance of survival, and had given him up for dead. For reasons Enid cannot fathom, she feels more of a connection to this familiar stranger than she should, and is determined he would not die. His body's injuries gradually heal, but when he wakes, he has no memory of anything, including his wife.
As much as they try, neither can deny the overwhelming desire they feel for each other. But the security at this sanctuary is fleeting, when an attempt is made on their lives. So Throckmorton sends them to Stephen's family home in Scotland. A journey Enid dreads, because she will be forced to face the man who despises her, Kiernan MacLean, Stephen's cousin, and laird of the clan. When she married Stephen, Kiernan had accused her of being nothing more than a gold digger, and had disapproved of their union.
Now in the wilds of Scotland, shocking secrets will be revealed, and the danger ultimately follows them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on July 1, 2003
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Enid MacLean had been estranged from her husband for nine years. She survived by nursing those extremely ill. Then, out of the blue, she received word that an explosion had injured her husband. He was not expected to live, but Enid agreed to do her duty and try to nurse him back to health. Except for his distinctive green eyes, the man she nursed had changed.
When he first opened his eyes he believed Enid to be an angel. But the pain proved that he was NOT in heaven. The explosion took away his memory. He did not recognize his good friends or his own wife. Worse yet, the blast had not been an accident. Someone feared the knowledge locked away in his mind.
***** What can I say? It is by Christina Dodd, so you KNOW it will be great! I opened the book with that thought in mind. I closed the book only when the last page had been read. Yes, it is THAT good! A wonderful way to release yourself from your troubles, at least temporarily. *****
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Shamim Adam on August 15, 2002
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I have to admit that like some other readers, I too was surprised at how good this book was. I had enjoyed Christina Dodd's In My Wildest Dreams immensely and was so pleasantly surprised that Lost In Your Arms was just as enjoyable.
My favorite books are the type that just make the heart ache when reading about the misery the characters sometimes experience because of various reasons. Christina Dodd does so extremely well in making us feel for her characters. Others have written about the plot so I won't add to their excellent accounts but just to say that Enid and Stephen are two of the most compelling characters I've had the opportunity to experience.
Some have mentioned the similarity to Linda Howard's White Lies. With no disrespect to Linda Howard who is one of my favorite authors, White Lies pales in comparison to Lost in Your Arms. I cannot remember reading an `amnesia' story which I've enjoyed more than this.
This is a definite keeper! My only regret is that I did not read the amazingly wonderful book sooner.
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