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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.
Oh Jude! Where hath thou gone? I use to be an avid fan of Deveraux's, but the books I have read in recent years have disappointed me greatly. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Tontheos
Great. Rasputin. Lenin. Faberge. Wilhelmina. Nicholas. Alexandra. So many fascinating characters.Published 7 days ago by Kevin
I read Robert K. Massie's biography of Catherine the Great and found that it was a very enjoyable way to learn a lot of history. Read morePublished 18 days ago by librarian's daughter
I read this years ago, and loved it. Then I started studying history. In Robert Massie's book there is little if any mention of Nicholas' virulent hatred of Jews - a lynchpin, in... Read morePublished 27 days ago by CRE
Massie is very thorough in his research and his writing is beautiful and decent. His narratives are so detailed and leave hardly any holes to confuse me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donnie Zuo
Excellent Biography of the last days of Imperial Russia!Published 1 month ago by Brother Jack Isbell, OFC
The book was very good, i has to keep reading just to fines out every detail of this story. It's full of interesting details.Published 1 month ago by Alexandra Blair