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Product Details

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145658135X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456581350
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,102,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

For Sharron Gayle Beach, storytelling is the result of an itinerant childhood of residences in several states, an eclectic education, ranging from anthropology to broadcast journalism, stints as a model, boutique owner, decorator and becoming a dilettante of the eccentric. Plus focused but voracious traveling. Intense historical research informs her novels and spurs the plaintive cry, "Oh now I have to find out about this," which her entrepreneur husband, George Massey, so frequently hears. Her first novel, Stronger Than Passion, a Maggie award finalist, is indicative of her love for the grand romanace, as represented long ago by Alexandre Dumas, Dorothy Dunnett and M. M. Kaye. Sharron divides living between residences in the mysterious city of New Orleans and the languid beaches of northwest Florida. Not to mention, of course, spending time in her own insatiable imagination, dispensing plots, characters, and dialoge indiscriminately beneath the fiction of ordinary life.

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For Sharron Gayle Beach, storytelling is the result of an itinerant childhood of residences in several states; an eclectic education, ranging from anthropology to broadcast journalism; stints as a model, boutique owner, decorator; and studies of anything and everyone eccentric.

Intense historical research informs her novels and spurs the plaintive cry, "Oh, now I have to find out about this", which her entrepreneur husbanb, George Massey, so frequently hears. Her first novel, Stronger Than Passion, a Maggie award finalist, is indicative of her love for the grand romance, as represented long ago by Alexandre Dumas, Dorothy Dunnett and M.M. Kaye.

Sharron divides her time between residences in the mysterious city of New Orleans and the languid beaches of northwest Florida. Not to mention, of course, lingering in her own imagination, dispensing plots, characters and dialogue expansive beneath the fiction of ordinary life.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Whitney on October 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The heroine is Christina, Santa Anna's cousin--the hero is Micheal, an American soldier. The story takes place at the height of the war. Long story short (and I do mean LONNNGG story); Micheal abducts Christina as a type of prisoner of war because he believes she is holding valuable Mexican secrets...but she isn't. Then the rest of the story is about her trying to get back to Mexico and fleeing Micheal. I just didn't think the two were believable or even likeable characters. Christina is so haughty and condescending, it completely turned me away from liking her. SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!

Michael actually smacks Christina once, splitting her lip open and shakes her to the point where it is apparantly beyond painful. Real romantic. Then she tries to kill him and ends up stabbing herself. There is far too much backstory being told, and not enough dialogue. I felt like I was caught up in a history lesson with all the talk of war/silver/secret missions. I get it, it is a historical romance, but where the heck was the romance?? I read to escape reality, not to get bogged down with 300 pages of a history lesson and 50 pgs of an ineffectual attempt at a love story.

This is the book: Micheal would show up, have sex with christina, leave for a war mission, come back, have sex with her, leave for another mission, repeat. I really disliked both main characters and it didn't feel like they were in "love" at all. The only thing that saves this from being a one star review is the character of Julian Torrence (kind of gets caught up in a love triangle with the heroine). I thought him to be the most interesting aspect of the book, kind of sad considering he is a secondary character--but I was rooting for him to get the girl, not Micheal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By saral on September 30, 2012
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I will admit this book surprised me. The start was slow but I was hooked shortly after. All the characters in this book come to life in their own way. The heroine is a noble Spanish woman living in Mexico where she is a widow and the the owner of an estate and silver mine. She is well respected and the cousin of Santa Anna the leader fighting the Americans. The hero is a England lord but favors himself as an American. He ends up kidnapping the heroine to help the American cause. This story is based during the war. A new twist for me. I loved the story. However my one complaint is the editing. I'm not sure if it was the conversion from donloading on my kindle or just really poor editing but there were numerous issues that had me rereading things. Normally editing mistakes don't bother me but this book was filled with them. However I still very much enjoyed it so I gave it a four.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sagitario on August 13, 2013
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This book should be a hundred pages shorter. Brett Michaels, while calling girls sluts is the biggest slut of all. Elizabeth should have killed him. Chrisianta, we never really know what she's thinking. She considers leaving her fiance, because Brett screws her better. There is too much politics and history complicating the plot. It is hard to feel anything for the main characters.
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By Raymond C. Beach on June 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a very good historical romance novel. All events are correctly cronicaled with actual history. Writer has a talent for story telling.
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