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Shattered Dreams Paperback – November 8, 2010
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Laura Landon's awesome descriptions, in-depth character development, subtle style of revealing the hopes, dreams, fears, and deepest needs of the characters is an immersive experience for the reader. --J. Thomas -THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT Reviews
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Lady Elyssa Prescott knows what it's like to be ridiculed and shunned. But when Brent Montgomery lets her glimpse a world where her limitations aren't important, she believes it's possible for her dreams to become a reality. Until she discovers the man with whom she's fallen in love was 'hired' to offer her everything she's always dreamed of having.
The cruel reality of a love built on deceit shatters both their dreams and threatens to destroy their lives forever.
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Top Customer Reviews
Lady Elyssa Prescott has a limp from a childhood accident and is painfully aware of her `imperfection' thanks to the reaction of `society'. Her siblings are fiercely protective of her and want her to be happy. Her sisters create a correspondence romance, realise it is a mistake and then Elyssa's brother Harrison decides to distract her by inviting someone to charm her for a 2-week party at their country estate.
He calls upon an old school friend with a reputation for the ladies, Brentan Montgomery, Earl of Charfield and offers him a foal from one of his Arabian horses for simply escorting his sister socially - warning him to keep proper distance.
Before the ploy can even begin Brent meets Elyssa out riding and is enthralled by her. She is an outstanding rider and shares his love of horses. His attraction is genuine and he truly sees her wonderful qualities. For the first time in her life, she is made to feel desired and attractive. However, the agreement with her brother hangs in the air above them like a hatchet waiting to fall.
Alongside the development of their story, there is a parallel story of Harrison and Lady Cassandra. They meet again after 4 years, following a terrible scandal and betrayal, only to realise that they were unwilling pawns in a game and so much time has been lost. Real danger now puts all of their lives at stake.
I liked the story and very much liked the 2 main characters, but the secondary plot could have been a story in its own right.
Overall a good read, but not quite up there for a 5 star rating.
Despite my glowing recommendation of this book, I will disclose a rather large problem. Half the book was written in italics. I consider this to be an editor's mistake and has nothing to do with the author or the amazing story. The only other thing you should be aware of before you buy this book, is that it is two interconnected stories rolled into one. Elly's brother, Harrison, plays a major role in the book and finds his own long lost love. I strongly urge you to read this touching story of overcoming trials and finding true love.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very sweet and poignant romance- engaging story and characters-loved it!Published 4 days ago by Judy Vieira
Enjoyed the delightful suspense and then the addition of the concept that love and strength concures all in the end!Published 14 days ago by Esther Heaps
I hope I can find the rest of the rest of this series. Because I am not really wondering what happened later.Published 26 days ago by bookworm
As long as Laura Landon keeps writing these, I'll keep reading. Refreshing and romantic to sweep you away to another time and place.Published 2 months ago by Gussman
This book was perfectly written, it is simply the perfect love story. I enjoyed the story and the ending was simply wonderful.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
This was an excellent opportunity to show normal people that people with disabilities want to be normal in the way we don't have any idea how fortunate we are. I loved this book.Published 2 months ago by I love reading romances
Loved the storyline! Nice change of pace that the main character had some struggles to overcome. It was almost like reading 2 books in one. Fast paced and entertaining!Published 2 months ago by Linda806
Out of all the books I have read of hers this is my least favorite.Published 2 months ago by Denai Larkin