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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books (June 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345440420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345440426
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,806,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Dr. Dru Talbot is eager to get home to the bride with whom he had only one night of wedded bliss before the Civil War took him away, but he soon discovers that after reports of his death, Sara took off with a Yankee. In fact, she actually returned to Magnolia Creek only one day before him with Lissybeth, her bastard baby. When the newspaper attacks Sara in a scathing editorial, it looks like Dru will never be able to get his medical practice off the ground unless he divorces her. Then a yellow fever epidemic strikes, and as the backwoods herbal healer from the wrong side of the creek and the handsome scion of the town's founder work together to save lives, they realize that they still have feelings for each other. Readers will weep with sorrow and joy over Landis' smart and romantic tale, which parallels Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain (1997) in its deliberate pacing and dramatization of the toll exacted on a marriage by war and class differences. Diana Tixier Herald
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“JILL MARIE LANDIS IS THE AUTHOR YOU’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR.”
–KRISTIN HANNAH

“READERS WILL WEEP WITH SORROW AND JOY OVER LANDIS’S SMART AND ROMANTIC TALE.”
Booklist

“Jill Marie Landis can really touch the heart.”
–JAYNE ANN KRENTZ

More About the Author

JILL MARIE LANDIS'S twenty eight+ novels have earned distinguished awards and slots on such national bestseller lists as the USA TODAY Top 50 and the New York Times Best Sellers Plus. She is a seven-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award in both Single Title and Contemporary Romance as well as a Golden Heart and RITA Award winner.

Her works include historical romances, contemporary single title romance with a hint of suspense, inspirational historical romances, and most recently the new Tiki Goddess Mystery series that launched with the successful Mai Tai One On.

Jill Marie resides in Hawaii with her husband where she's working on her latest project. When she's not writing or sitting on the beach reading, she enjoys visiting with family and friends, raising orchids, working in her garden, plunking on the ukulele, dancing the hula and quilting, but not all at once.

She enjoys hearing from readers at www.jillmarielandis.com
facebook, and at www.thetikigoddess.com

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The characters were very realistic and quite wonderful.
stacey renee
I just love a book that leaves you wanting more after the last page and this book definitely does that.
K. Morgan
Jill Marie Landis is wonderful author who has written many books I have enjoyed reading.
C. Wooley

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Morgan on July 7, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Dru Talbot has returned from the Civil War looking forward to the life he will lead with his "new" wife Sara. When he returns home he discovers he's in for the shock of his life. Sara is there, having just returned herself, but she's not alone. With her is her daughter, who is way to young to belong to Dru. Sara was lead to believe Dru was dead and being the naive, backwoods girl she was, fell under the spell of a Yankee soldier, who used her and left her with a baby. Sara returns to Kentucky and is an outcast by everyone except Dru's mentally disturbed sister, who takes her in. Can the damage done to this family be repaired??? Can mistakes be forgiven??? Can love conquer all???
This book was absolutely wonderful. It was so easy to read and had characters who seemed completely believable and sincere. I agree with the other reviewer that it is nice to read books about characters other than the ton and royalty. It is great to read about our country and the past it has with characters who are written to fit right in to the time period. The characters were well developed and the storyline seemed to be well thought out before the author started writing the book. If you love romances or books about America's history you will love Magnolia Creek.
Magnolia Creek was such a good read that I had the book finished in just two days! It was just too good to put down. I just love a book that leaves you wanting more after the last page and this book definitely does that. These characters seem so real that they become part of you and you miss them when you are finished.
This was my first Jill Marie Landis book and I guarantee it won't be my last! A great book to be read again and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tonya Speelman VINE VOICE on February 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
plays a huge part in this book as well as love and families. I loved Lou, Sara and the baby. Some characters could have and should have had a stronger voice, but overall this story of love and "betrayal" was enjoyable. As another viewer said I really didn't see what the big deal is. If someone is said to be dead, are you supposed to wait around for them? Sort of like in the movie Pearl Harbor.

I have enjoyed a few books from this author and look forward to more!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Melnick on August 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In the spring of 1866, with the aftermath of the Civil War, a destitute Sara Collier Talbot returns to Magnolia Creek, Kentucky. She seeks shelter at the home of her sister-in-law, Louzanna Talbot. Though Sara left Kentucky in disgrace over a year after discovering that her husband Dru had been killed in the war, Lou welcomed her back with open arms.
But Dru has in fact survived the war, and struggles with his damaged male pride when he learns that Sara hasn't spent recent years pining away at the Talbot family home. For her journey west to Ohio resulted in a surprise that Dru never expected when he dreamed of his homecoming. As Dru and Sara try to maintain a platonic truce, she hopes for his forgiveness even as he struggles with his attraction to her. And when a devastating tragedy involves the whole town, Dru, the physician, and Sara, the healer, must employ all their skills to save as many lives as possible.
Ms. Landis is a standout in the sub-genre of historical romance, not merely for her page-turning stories, but also because her novels are filled with the emotional angst appreciated by many romance readers. Once again, this latest novel is filled with emotional conflict and an intense story line. While the drama is not quite as compelling as previous reads, fans of Ms. Landis should not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Myers on October 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am not a romance novel reader per say. I happened upon this book by accident. Starting reading it to pass the time, and found I couldn't put it down. This may be a romance novel, but the story is beyond captivating. The charachters came to life in my head as I read. This is obviously the first book of Jill Marie Landis's I have read but I'm certain it won't be the last.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Coleson on April 14, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love books by Lavyra Spencer (sp) and have read them all. She stopped writing books and I was CRUSHED. UNTIL I found Jill Marie Landis. Ms. Landis is a great romantic writer!!! I'm really tired of poor girls falling in love with spoiled dukes and princes. This is like real people! YEAH, Keep those books coming!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee Haskell on November 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Despite all the rave reviews, I wasn't in the mood for a novel set in post-Civil War. Obviously it'd been a while since I read a Jill Marie Landis story because the focus shouldn't have been on the setting at all. I'd forgotten what a great story teller Ms. Landis was - no matter what the era.

Sara and Dru haven't been around each other much but know as all young lovers seem to immediately know that they are meant for each other and thus they marry right before he goes off to join the war. He's young and she's even younger at 17. When Dru gets home 6 years later, everything and everyone has changed, including himself.
Dru's image of the Sara he carried in his heart for the 6 celibate years he was away from her is crushed when he returns and finds his wife with her baby who is much too young to be his child.
How Dru and Sara deal with that and how they grow from that is the crux of this heart wrenching love story. I wet a few pages reading this endearing romance about idealistic young lovers who thought they had the perfect love to two adults who come to realize the meaning of what love is really all about.
The secondary characters also make this book. Louzanna, Jamie, Sara's grandfather Daniel and A little girl crying for her "Woo" have been engraved in my previously-thought-immune-to-boo-hoo-about finctional-characters-heart.
This is a love story revisisted. About redemption. And Ms. Landis has written another keeper for us romance fans.
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