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Starred Review. The enchanting first Lost Lords novel confirms bestseller Putney (The Marriage Spell) as a major force in historical romance. In early 19th-century northern England, Mariah Clarke inherits beautiful Hartley Manor. George Burke, Hartley's former owner, claims that Mariah's father won the estate by cheating at cards and attempts to regain it by courting Mariah, who recklessly claims she's already married. When she rescues an amnesiac man from the sea, she sees her chance to make the lie true, naming him Adam and convincing him she's his wife. Sensual romance heats up between the couple until Mariah reluctantly reveals the truth. When she learns of Adam's real history, Mariah must make a terrible choice. Entrancing characters and a superb plot line catapult this tale into stand-alone status. (July)
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About the Author

Mary Jo Putney graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in eighteenth-century literature and industrial design. A New York Times bestselling author, she has won numerous awards for her writing, including two Romance Writers of America RITA Awards, four consecutive Golden Leaf awards for Best Historical Romance, and the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Historical Romance. She was the keynote speaker at the 2000 National Romance Writers of America Conference. Ms. Putney lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit her Web site at www.maryjoputney.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Lost Lords
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; Original edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420103288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420103281
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,282,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes.

Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she has five times had books listed among the Library Journal's top five romances of the year, and three times had books among the top ten romances of Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association.

Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she'll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She's delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print.

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97 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Terry W. Moore on July 26, 2010
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I started reading this book and it seemed like it was going to be really good. But, NO, it had to be totally ridiculous. First off, the cover of the book is all wrong. The main female character, Miriah, has blond hair not brown. If you don't want a spoiler, stop reading. This book had more resurections then we will see before the biblical rapture. Almost everybody that dies in this book mysteriously comes back to life. To start with, the main male character, The Duke of Ashton, Adam/Ash, is suppose to have died in a steamboat explosion. But he washes ashore on the main female character, Mariah's beach. Which that is all fine and good because that is what the basis for the storyline. Mariah's father is murdered while he is away on a trip to London. Later in the story, she finds out that he is alive and well and staying in London with her mother. And guess what, her mother was also suppose to have died when Mariah was only two years old. There's more, she finds out that not only is her father and mother alive and well, but she also has a twin sister that she never knew about. In the meantime, the main male character, Adam/Ash, has found out that his mother, who was also suppose to have died when he was a young child, also lives. Not only does his mother live, but he has younger sister. And his mother has remarried his dead (who died & stayed dead), father's best friend. And lucky him, he also has two step siblings. Now Mariah also has a friend, Julia, from her life at her manor. The story eludes to Julia being part of the high society circles in London and then she had ran away to this small town near Ireland to hide from this elusive past. But Mariah talks her friend into going back to London with her.Read more ›
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Janet Samuels on August 12, 2009
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I've read all of Mary Jo Putney's historical books (as well as her recent magic-oriented books) and generally love most of them. I somewhat enjoyed the first half of this book --- which is why I gave it two stars. Even then, there was a little too much background information on all of the Duke's friends (I imagine this is because they'll each be getting a book of their own). The first half also has several plot holes (such as when she asks him if he speaks English and then announces they are married -- well, wouldn't you know that your husband speaks English???). However, the second half has so many coincidences and unbelievable twists that I came close to just giving up on it. I read thru to the end but it definitely DOES NOT compare with her early historicals -- read Dancing on the Wind or Shattered Rainbows for a true taste of Putney's ability to write good historical romance novels.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Julie's Bookshelf on August 10, 2012
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Mary Jo Putney always delivers an interesting plot, well-drawn characters, and a good picture of the times. This involves one of four young men who were misfits and students at a unique school for boys. Ashton, a duke and son of a nobleman and an Indian princess, hated England and missed his mother, who was left in India when he was yanked "home" to be schooled as a proper duke. He is uncomfortable with his dual heritage, and hides his interest in Hindu art and beliefs. After a steamship accident he is washed ashore barely alive, and without a memory. The heroine, desperate to avoid marriage to a despicable man, conceives a plan to tell everyone the man she has rescued is her long-lost husband. She picks a name for him--Adam, as in the first man--which turns out to be his real name. The story of his slowly recovering memory, his acceptance of his dual heritage, and his dependence on his rescuer make a multi-faceted story. The heroine is also well defined: her attempts at independence thwarted by the apparent death of her father, and the intrusion of the man who tries to reclaim her estate, adds to the complexity of the story. Altogether a very good read, as are the rest of the Lost Lords series.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Hebdige on September 10, 2009
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What a flat and boring book! I thought the premise interesting: a school for Lost Lords.... a new series by Putney - who in the past has written superb historical romances - so I dived into the book with gusto.

However, this book was by far one of her worst efforts. I am not going to get into the plot - because a few reviewers have posted it already - but I will go as far as saying that even though the story was interesting and it attracted me to read it - I was taken aback by the lack of character development and lack of poignancy, which I was hoping a story such as this should have had.

The main characters were very lackluster and flat - almost wooden and stilted and lacking in vitality. They had no chemistry and their attraction for each other didn't sizzle off the pages or left you panting waiting for their demise.... The secondary characters were for the most part ok - but the narrative got too wordy and the love scenes had no heart felt passion.

Specially the lame-ass ending of who the killer is and their motives... I cannot recommend this book - and I am shocked I actually finished it.... Wow - very disappointing and a total waste of time and $$$!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Milan on July 12, 2013
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I recently re-read this book and I didn't enjoy it very much.

I think my problem is that I truly do hate books where the H or h is supposedly engaged to someone else. They are inevitably painful. I think the book started very well and I liked the way the relationship built between the H and h, when he didn't know who he was. It went downhill for me once he found out who he was and insists on taking the h with him to London. She was an utter idiot to go and honestly by the time we learnt he was engaged to someone else, I was completely over this book. Of course being what it is, we know we eventually get our hea but I'd lost all respect for the h by the end.
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