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Once Temperance arrives, however, she realizes that the challenge of finding James a wife is equally as intimidating as the prospect of cleaning up a tenement. The house is in shambles, the local town depressed, and his welcome perfectly horrible. Faced with this task or the return to her stepfather, Temperance digs in and focuses all her energies on making James presentable and finding a willing bride. Impressed by her tenacity, James begins to care for her, and it looks like the search for a wife may be over, if Temperance agrees.
Temperance is the heroine we've been waiting for. The descendent of Jane Austen's women, she is smart, passionate, liberated, and true to her own ideals. While at the denouement of most stories the heroine melts into a slushy pile of self-contradictions, Deveraux's character stands strong in her convictions and wins the respect of the readers, if not her fellow characters. Just like the readers, romance heroines are securing the man, the fortune, and the good ending through the quality of their characters, and not by the leverage of their charms. Temperance is the hero that we all want to be, and Jude Deveraux's work is an entertaining medium for inspiration.--Nancy R.E. O'Brien --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
When I began my undergraduate studies in 1967, I was already intent on obtaining a "major" in Political Science. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Brian Wayne Wells
This book probably deserves five stars, because it is so well researched, but I found it a little difficult to read because of the way it zoomed back and forth in time, in the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Dorothy Mattiza
Great book. Hard to put down. Great insight into fascinating but sad story of the last czar.Published 6 days ago by Lawrence W. Klee
For me, points of special interest in this magnificent book were the following:
1. The depth and reach of Nicholas and Alexandra's religiosity. Read more
It is a well-written, readable account of Russian history as well as the Romanov family.worth=whilePublished 9 days ago by Daisy53
Terrific narrative, very well written . The one criticism I age, and it's a small one, is that the author organizes the material more by subject than chronology. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Wormwood Scrubbs
An extremely well written book that explains so much about Nicholas' and Alexandra's roles in the Russian Revolution. It was a real page-turner when it got into Rasputin!Published 26 days ago by Māra J.