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  • Hardcover: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Jove Books (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739403214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739403211
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,417,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Her books are some of the most romantic I've ever read.
Theresa W
The writing was pretty good and I thought that the idea for the story was an interesting one, but I just couldnt connect with the characters.
M. I.
This was my 3rd LaVyrle Spencer book & I love her style of writing.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Theresa W on February 3, 2004
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There hasn't been one book of LaVyrle Spencers that I haven't enjoyed immensely. And I mean, immensely. Her books are some of the most romantic I've ever read. They take you away into such a fun place, you can't put the book down.
This story starts off in 1837. It's about Laura, Rye & Dan who were childhood friends & grew closer into adulthood. Laura & Rye had a magical connection, married and soon after he left on a whaling ship to try & earn their fortune. However, fate stepped in, his ship went down, and as everyone assumed, with him on it. 5 years later, with a son Rye never knew, married to his best friend Dan who saw her through the toughest times in her life, Rye returns and walks into a house that was once his & a woman he thought was still his wife. Not to mention the son he didn't know existed, but who's now calling another man papa. Rye's returned, but lost everything, including his house & it's belongings as he finds out that legally Laura's married to Dan. But with a love so very strong, Laura & Rye begin a journey, not knowing where it will leave all 4 of them & no one wanting to hurt the other.
I enjoyed this book for so many reasons, interesting & likable characters, memorable love story, great friendships and humor. It was also interesting to read about what it was like to live in Nantucket in the 1800's with the whaling industry & all of the other sorts of things like horse & carriage rides, making homemade candles & wearing those hideous corsets.
If you are looking for a love story, I'll guarentee you this one will not let you down!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1998
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LaVyrle's first really good book! This is a story about the power of love. I also enjoyed the setting -- Nantucket -- and the whale and cooper industries.
I've always felt that there's several people you could be happily married to -- but there's probably only one real love of a lifetime. And that is the case in this book. Even though Laura enjoyed being married to Dan, her heart had always belonged with Rye.
Have read all of LaVyrle's books and put this one in my own top 5.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Duncan on August 30, 2000
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This is the second book by LaVyrle Spencer that I have read and I must say that I am now hooked on her love stories and on her writing style. Although this book starts off really slow because of its painstakingly detailed decriptions of the setting, her diligence in and ability to describe the history between the characters and the love scenes was much appreciated and gave me a very intimate look into the minds and lives of the characters. This is what made Laura, Rey and Dan real and its also what makes readers feel the emotions that the characters feel throughout the story. That is the test of a truly good writer, and LaVyrle Spencer has passed the test with flying colors!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 2000
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A friend and a niece put me on to LaVyrle Spencer books. Every book I have read, I have loved. I loved this one in particular. It was such a love story. I love the way Miss Spencer writes about the location in a knowledgeable manner. It makes each book more special. What a find - I will read all her books eventually...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Isobel on May 20, 2005
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Spencer writes a different story every time--that's what I love about her. Or should I be speaking in past tense--loved about her. She never wrote sequels. What she does is quite unique. She writes a story surrounding the journey of two people's relationship from the time they meet--through the conflict--and on to the ever necessary happy ending.

In this one, the happy ending comes, but not without the tears and pain. How she manages this is heart wrenching. Yes, I was a bit bugged by Laura for not standing up for her feelings and for staying with Dan out of gratitude, but as you read, you tend to put yourself in her position and wonder what you would do and how you would feel. *SPOILER* Her child loved one man as his father. How can you tear apart father and son? But then again, how can you keep another man from ever knowing the love of his child? A painful decision.

This is one to be read again and again and again. How you come to love both men will make you cry out of anquish and joy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RReader on September 11, 2005
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A very powerful story - emotionally moving. The characters are well-developed - the emotions realistic. Childhoold sweethearts Laura and Rye face conflicting emotions when they Rye returns from sea after believed to be dead. Laura has married their close childhood friend Dan for the past 4-5 years, believing that Rye is dead. The two lovers struggle to get back together. Laura has borne Rye's son and Dan, her husband fears losing her back to Rye. Laura is conflicted between the two men - duty and gratitude towards Dan, love & passion twds Rye but how to choose between them? This tale is bittersweet. A very good read.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. I. on February 7, 2004
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I wanted to love this..I really did, but I just COULD NOT STAND Laura. I felt that she was playing both Rye and Dan. I disliked her so much that I didnt think she deserved either of them. The writing was pretty good and I thought that the idea for the story was an interesting one, but I just couldnt connect with the characters. One thing that I really did LOVE about this book though were the flashbacks of Laura and Rye discovering eachother and falling in love when they were young...in my opinion, no one can write sexual tension like Lavyrle Spencer. All in all, not bad, but not to die for either.... for a book by Ms Spencer, I thought this was woefully average.
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