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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (February 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060819359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060819354
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,519,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julianne MacLean fell in love with some of the classic romances—Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Pride and Prejudice—while completing her degree in English literature. Then she decided that she needed a "real job," but after a brief stint as a government auditor, she realized she just didn't care enough about numbers matching up. So a month before her wedding, she sat down and wrote the first paragraph of a romance. Now fifteen years, a husband, and a daughter later, Julianne is a happy, fulfilled, stay-at-home mom and a devoted romance writer.


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USA Today Bestselling author, Julianne MacLean came to the romance genre after completing a degree in English literature from the University of King's College in Nova Scotia. She fell in love with some of the classic romances - Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice - and after a brief stint as a federal government auditor, decided to try her hand at becoming a modern day romance writer.

She is a three time Rita Finalist and winner of numerous awards, including the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers Choice Award, the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the Greater Detroit Romance Writers Booksellers' Best Award, and has sold over 1.2 million books in North America alone.

She is a devoted wife and mother, and loves to travel. She has lived in New Zealand and Ottawa, and is now settled happily in Nova Scotia, while working on her latest historical romance.

Please visit her website for more information and be sure to sign up for her mailing list to stay informed about new releases, and to be included in her monthly giveaway of an autographed book. http://www.juliannemaclean.com

Customer Reviews

This latest book by Julianne MacLean is definitely my favourite of the lot.
Gerryaddict
Magnus knows the affair must come to an end as well as his charade and cruely breaks off his relationship with the only woman he will ever love.
Viv
The characters had depth, the story line was compelling and it was entertaining as any good book should be.
EKD

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Viv on February 24, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It was hard to top "To Marry The Duke", but Julianne MacLean has done it. This book had it all: sensuality, strong emotions, sexual tension, and neverending love.

While on a train trip to Scotland, Magnus finds himself seated across from the lovely 21-year-old, Annabelle. The chemistry sizzled immediately between them and they are instantly enchanted with each other. The catch is, Magnus realizes that this young beauty is the adopted sister of his estranged cousin, Lord Whitby. Magnus knows if he reveals his identity to her, she would flee the train and snuff out these budding feelings he has, so he deceives her by giving her a false name.

Over the course of the summer, they arrange clandestine meetings so that Annabelle may paint his portrait and to spend time together. Ultimately falling madly in love with each other.

The lies he must tell to keep his identity secret become overwhelming. Magnus knows the affair must come to an end as well as his charade and cruely breaks off his relationship with the only woman he will ever love.

Fast forward thirteen years, the star-crossed lovers reunite and Magnus will stop at nothing until she is bound to him forever.

This tale of unrequited love touched my heart and I hated for the story to end. The only gripe I had was waiting so long for "POAL" to come out and reading it in a matter of hours. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on May 3, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Annabelle Lawson let her heart rule her actions once before and she learned a very valuable lesson...at the hands of her brother's cousin and enemy Magnus Wallis. A chance meeting on a train these two people connect and spend a summer together, talking, sharing a passion neither of them can ignore...but Annabelle has no idea the man who has captured her heart is Magnus. He has lied about his name and when their summer of idyll is over...her heart is broken.

Years later Magnus is back claiming he is a different man. He was wrongly accused of so many things because of his father's past...he now just wants to put that troubled past where it belongs and claim the love of his life. He may have been living in America but he has not forgotten Annabelle or the way he feels when he is with her. Will he be able to fix the hurt he dealt her so long ago?

This was an amazing read. We met Magnus in "Love According to Lily" and he was not a nice guy...at all. Ms. MacLean's talent shines with her ability of turning Magnus from baddie to the ultimate hero. The lucky reader will be able to experience this romance from the very beginning. First meeting to the happy ending with everything in-between. Ms. MacLean evokes all sorts of emotions with this read. I highly recommend this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nikki on March 8, 2006
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I'm a bit biased ... I've read almost all of Julianne MacLean's books so I always know I'm getting a good read when I plunk my money down. But Portrait of a Lover surpassed my expectations - it's my favourite book of this author's so far and I couldn't put it down!

Annabelle Lawson is a talented painter with a tortured past. Thirteen years ago she met a man on a train and fell quickly in love with him, even though she knew his lack of fortune would be an issue for her family. It turns out, the man she fell in love with deceived her and she's left broken hearted.

Thirteen years later, Magnus reenters Annabelle's life and she vows never to let him touch her heart again. But will she be able to keep her distance from him?

I remember reading Love According To Lily (the book before Portrait of a Lover) when we were briefly introduced to Annabelle and Marcus and thinking it would make a great story. I was happy to see those characters revisited and the story of their journey was exciting and real.

I loved, loved, loved this story and if you like bad boys at all (who doesn't?) you should buy this book. You won't be disappointed!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Victoria L. on March 8, 2006
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There's something compelling about tale of forbidden love.

Annabelle meets a handsome stranger on the train. Instant attraction. She doesn't realize she's smitten with a sworn enemy of her family's - and he doesn't tell. Magnus hides his identity from her as they conduct a summer romance. Annabelle thinks he's reluctant to meet her family because they won't approve of his social status, not realizing it's the man himself they would despise.

When at last she discovers his true name, she finds he is every bit the blackguard he's been painted. Her trust, her heart, and her self-confidence are shattered when Magnus states that he'd only been dallying with her to get back at her family.

When Magnus comes back into her life, years later, Annabelle doesn't need her family to remind her of his reputation. She knows better than to fall for his charm. So why is she so attracted?

Annabelle is a delightful heroine. A social misfit, she would rather have a pet cow than a lapdog, wear heavy boots instead of dancing slippers. Her social status may have risen when she was adopted by the Earl of Whitby, but in her heart, she still longs for a plainer life.

Magnus is the perfect tortured hero. In spite of his blackguard ways, I found myself attracted to him. His magnetism leaps off the page. The chemistry between them is so hot, it's not hard to understand why Annabelle would ignore the warning bells.

Portrait of a Lover is a compelling read. The book is hard to put down. You know Annabelle should stay far, far away from Magnus... but you can't help but hope she won't.
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