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The Heart's Haven
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2000
This book - like all of Jill Barnett's books - is absolutely hysterical. The problems that accident-prone Hallie gets into are truly hillarious and are some that I think we can all identify with in one way or another. I've read this book 3 times now and each time I read it I find things that I missed the time before. If you like her other books, then this one is definitely a must have. It picks you up and carries you away to another place full of adventure, humor and more than a little bit of romance. So fill up the tub, pour in the Calgon and take off with this book!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2004
Hallie Fredriksen's father was lost at sea. To her great surprise, he had named his whaling agent friend, Kit Howland, as guardian of her and her younger siblings. Three years ago, Hallie was infatuated with Kit, and clumsily poured hot chowder in his lap. In her embarrassment, she hasn't been able to face him since. Now she will be forced to see him, and when she does, the familiar stirrings return.
This time, however, her feelings are reciprocated, because Kit can't keep his hands off the beautifully grown up Hallie. Betrayed in love by his now deceased wife, he fights his desire for Hallie, sensing the danger she represents to his hardened heart. Fate intervenes, and they have no choice but to marry. Hallie will not only have to battle to melt her husband's heart, but a threat to their family puts their lives in peril.
This was an early novel by Ms. Barnett, and one of the first books of hers I read. It was quite good, but looking back I can see tremendous growth in her writing since this. Kit's reason for keeping Hallie at bay is a little clichéd, but excellent writing, interesting characters, and the added humor ultimately make the story work.
If you haven't read anything by Ms. Barnett, I wouldn't recommend beginning with this one. Instead, try SURRENDER A DREAM, or BEWITCHING and its sequel DREAMING, all of which represent some of her best work. If you're already a fan of this author, then this book is worth the read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2004
Hallie Frediksen has had a teenage crush on Kit Howland for a long time but has avoided him since spilling soup on him two years ago. Fate throws them together when Hallie's father is lost at sea and Kit is named as guardian to her and her four younger siblings. When Kit's aunt Maddie finds Kit in Hallie's bed one morning, they are to be married immediatley to avoid scandal. Kit agrees to marry Hallie and is irresistibly attracted to Hallie but he doesn't trust his heart to her after his previous wife cuckholded him and then died in a carriage accident with her lover. Will Hallie persuade Kit to open her heart to her? Will kit ever trust another woman?
Jill Barnett writes with style and it is always a joy to read her books, which are always filled with witty banter, funny incidents, sensual and tender moments. Hallie and her younger siblings provide funny antics, which you will smile at. Hallie is a strong heroine and Kit makes a caring hero. You will not be disappointed with Jill Barnett.
Lealing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2014
I recently discovered Jill Barnett books and she immediately became one of my favorite writers. I read about three books a week and, honestly, I read this a couple of months ago I think and don't remember a thing about it, except that it has to be pretty good. It takes good writing to join my list of faves. :)
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on October 23, 2013
This book kept me wanting more from the characters...I wish there would have been a better ending with Hallie and Kit! The love scenes were very well written...
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on July 11, 2013
I liked this book, I'm not much on romance novels, but I do read them occasionally, and this one was especially good. The author has a way of drawing you into the minds of her characters, letting you feel their emotions, their joy, their sorrow, their pain. In one part (spoiler alert!) where Hallie's leg gets hurt, I could almost feel the excrutiating pain she suffered. In the passionate parts of the story I could almost see steam rising from their bodies! It was that good. I could feel Hallie's desire for and repulsion of Kit going on at the same time. I will read more of Jill Barnett's stories in the future. If you want to read a romance novel that's a little less predictable than most, read this one. You'll like it.
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Typical of Jill Barnet. She's a lively writer although this book was quite similar to other books I've read by her. She is very good at writing dialog and the romance is very sweet
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on June 24, 2013
Just absolutely not my kind of book. Actually couldn't read more than 2% of it. Only got it because it was one of the Kindle Daily Deals.
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on June 18, 2013
I have read several books of Jill Barnett. I just loved Bewitching and Carried away. The Heart's Haven is a wonderful story and learning about San Francisco in early days, especially during the golden rush was very interesting. Though well written and characters nicely developed, it was her first book and still lacks the quality you will find in his following stories.
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I'm half-way through this book - it's a great read! The delivery to my Kindle was fast and totally fuss-free.
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