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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Prairie Muse (November 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983074100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983074106
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Laura Landon is an exciting new voice in historical romance. Her love stories will touch your heart."  ~KRISTIN GABRIEL, TWO-TIME RITA AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR~

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

From the Back Cover

Brentan Montgomery, Earl of Charfield, has one love - his stable of Arabian horses. When he is offered breeding rights to the Marquess of Fellingsdown's prize Arabian, El Solidar, if for two weeks he acts as companion to Fellingsdown's sister, he doesn't care if the reclusive Lady Elyssa has three chins and a dozen hairy moles, the prize at the end is worth anything he has to endure. But when he meets the elusive Lady Elyssa Prescott, all thoughts of gaining a prize Arabian colt disappear. He realizes he's met the woman of his dreams - if only he can keep her from discovering the deceit that brought them together and convince her that her imperfections don't matter to him.

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.

More About the Author

Laura Landon enjoyed ten years as a high school teacher and nine years making sundaes and malts in her very own ice cream shop, but once she penned her first novel, she closed up shop to spend every free minute writing. Now she enjoys creating her very own heroes and heroines, and making sure they find their happily ever after.

A vital member of her rural community, Laura directed the town's Quasquicentennial, organized funding for a recycle center and a physical fitness center, and serves on the hospital foundation board.

Laura lives in the Midwest, surrounded by her family and friends. She has written more than a dozen Victorian historicals, five of which are selling worldwide in English, and one which is currently being reprinted in Japanese. She is a Prairie Muse Platinum and Amazon Montlake author.

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this book to any who enjoy historical romance.
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The characters are well developed with a main storyline as well as a secondary romance story taking place at the same time.
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I strongly urge you to read this touching story of overcoming trials and finding true love.
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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful By LaylaReader on April 4, 2011
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I am a little torn with this review - between 3 ½ and 4 stars.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 12, 2011
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This was a nice double love story and a good read. A brother and sister find love. The brother with an old flame who dumped him and the sister with an Earl that has a reputation for being a rake. Elly has an imperfection (I won't give it away) which makes her 4 over protective brothers and 2 nosey meddling sisters manipule her into a situation that ends with love. I loved the way the author created Elly, a strong independant female who didn't give in without making the Earl suffer when she stumbles on to the truth behind the Earls purpose in suddenly appearing at the house party her siblings arranged. I would have liked Elly to have held her brother responsible for his part in the deception that brought the Earl to her home. I recommend this read. Enjoy
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Edwards on January 10, 2012
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This story was interesting and somewhat original. A bit of a beauty and the beast feel to the book. However, I really felt this must be a new author because there were many poorly edited areas of the book, repetitive sections and unnecessary parts as well. I think the book was overwritten to expand the length where it would have been more fit for a novella. The story was good though, and kept me reading. I still think this is reader worthy if you can get past some of the editing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 18, 2011
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This is a lovely romance telling the stories of two couples, not just one. I really enjoyed it...couldn't put it down once I started reading it....a great Kindle bargain from Amazon UK. I adored the story of Brentan, who is a rake looking for true love and finding it in the crippled Elyssa. He is an absolute darling and given a run for his money by Elyssa before they find their HEA. The other story is of Harrison, Elyssa's brother who is re-united with his former love after many years of misunderstanding and mutual distrust. This is a romance written with a focus on the development of the romance rather than sex which makes it a very satisfying read. If I had a criticism it's the melodramatic thread of the killer who is stalking Harrison...but I won't say more for fear of giving away the story. Definitely recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 7, 2011
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The author did a wonderful job creating well-rounded characters and an interesting plot. I really enjoyed it, and her writing style. I particularly liked Brent, because he loved Elly so much and looked past her supposed flaws (according to the Ton). I usually prefer a romance to focus on just one couple, but the subplot of Harrison and Cassie wasn't too distracting. This is well worth $1 for fans of historical romance.

There was one quibble with the formatting. The author italicized a thought around chapter three, and the rest of the book was italicized (as of 06/2011). It was hard to read after a bit.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By H. Sharp on June 29, 2011
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I liked the story line, but the development of the story was just not there for me. I kept thinking, 'Get on with it. Do something.' I got tired of the same thoughts of our protagonists that kept going around and around and around. I wanted more story and less evaluations of their thoughts. I kept trying to read the story and kept putting the book down until I finally just gave up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2011
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While I will not go into details about the story line for this book, it is more than covered already, I will comment on the writing itself. Shattered Dreams is extremely well written (minus a few typo/editing errors) and engaging. I found myself drawn into the story and not wanting to put it down. The characters are well developed with a main storyline as well as a secondary romance story taking place at the same time. Characters are true to life and likable all around.

A truly good, full length, book with an outstanding price!
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