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The Raven and the Rose Paperback – February, 1994


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Wiggs ( The Lily and the Leopard ) heaps device upon device--murder attempts, blackmail, hidden identities, and cameo appearances by Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte--to produce a disappointing historical romance that seems even longer than its 500 pages. Lorelei du Clerc, a skilled doctor raised by the fathers of the Hospice of Saint Bernard in the Swiss Alps, knows that she was a foundling. She does not suspect that she is the illegitimate daughter of the late King Louis XVI of France. When Daniel Severin is rescued from an avalanche and awakes at the hospice, he is delighted to find Lorelei caring for him: he has been sent by Josephine to murder her. Daniel, who feigns amnesia, soon realizes that some of the hospice's residents know Lorelei's true identity and possibly his own, a suspicion reinforced when two attempts are made on his life. As Daniel succumbs to his prey's innocent charms, he discovers that he cannot bear to see her killed. But he also knows that Josephine, who originally blackmailed Daniel into taking this mission, will retaliate for his failure to complete it and dispatch another assassin.
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (Mm) (February 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006108252X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061082528
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,983,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Wiggs's life is all about family, friends...and fiction. She's been featured in the national media, including NPR's Talk of the Nation, and is a popular speaker locally and nationally.

From the very start, her writings have illuminated the everyday dramas of ordinary people. At the age of eight, she self-published her first novel, entitled "A Book About Some Bad Kids."

Today, she is an international best-selling, award-winning author, with millions of copies of her books in print in numerous countries. Her recent novel, Marrying Daisy Bellamy, took the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List, and The Lakeshore Chronicles have won readers' hearts around the globe. Her books celebrate the power of love, the timeless bonds of family and the fascinating nuances of human nature.

She lives with her husband and family at the water's edge on an island in the Pacific Northwest, where she divides her time between sleeping and waking.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I consider this one of the best story lines I have read in a long time. There was so much going on in this book I couldn't put it down. With wonderful romance, intrigue and even the history of how they train those heroic dogs. If you are looking for a story that offers something different GET THIS one. I am about to start her "Lily and the Leopard" and am sure I will enjoy it as much as her other books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roxanne Kean on September 29, 1997
Format: Hardcover
A touching story of an innocent girl who changes the heart of the man sent to kill her. The bastard daughter of the beheaded King Louis must die before she threatens the reign of Bonaparte--but the man sent to kill her finds an innocence that he desperately needs to cleanse his soul from past misdeeds. Has one of the tenderest love scenes I've ever read. Susan Wiggs NEVER disappoints!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Cummings on June 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
Daniel Severin is a mercenary sent to the Hospice of Saint Bernard in Switzerland to "eliminate" the beheaded King Louis' little-known bastard daughter, Lorelei. Lorelei unknowingly holds the fate of nations in her hands, not to mention Daniel's life when she and the clerics of the hospice rescue him, unconscious and badly wounded, from a deadly avalanche.
Daniel finds himself in an unfamiliar helpless state, forced to depend on the very object of his deadly mission to heal his body, and he reluctantly finds his heart and his resolve softening by Lorelei's uncomplicated trust, friendship, and innocent charm.
Soon Daniel learns that someone else wants Lorelei dead, and, to his own amazement, he finds himself desperate to protect the one he was sent to kill.
The blossoming love between the tortured, jaded mercenary and the sheltered healer is a joy to read, a gentle love story that will touch your heart. This seemingly impossible and improbable love buds and then flourishes to all-consuming passion, but all the while Daniel knows that eventually Lorelei's innocence will be irrevocably shattered when she discovers the secrets he harbors.
The Raven and the Rose is one of Ms. Wiggs' best novels. Don't let the reference to Napolean lull you into a sense of "been there, read that." The story is historically fascinating, powerfully yet tenderly romantic, and full of intrigue and mystery that will keep you turning the pages.
In the glorious Swiss mountains, The Hospice of Saint Bernard and its inhabitants will intrigue you. Could one of the priests who raised Lorelei from infancy be a murderer? The mystery deepens as circumstances lead the couple to France where they become inexorably interwoven into the politically tumultuous times and their love is challenged by deception and danger.
Wonderfully written and more than worth a read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I buy alot of books and when I bought and read Vows Made In Wine, Circle In Water I knew I found a great writer someone who will keep my attention, so I bought all the books that I could by Susan Wiggs. When I picked this book up in the afternoon I didn't put it down until early the next morning, I spent my whole day and evening right to the wee morning hours reading it, it was great. I was sorry to see it end.
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