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Waltz with a Stranger Mass Market Paperback – December 4, 2012


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402273223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402273223
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,595,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Aurelia Newbold would do anything for her twin sister, Amelia, including giving up the man of her dreams. After all, it isn’t as if Aurelia and James Trelawney, Lord Trevenan, had formed any sort of close, personal connection. Aurelia met James at a soiree a year earlier, when he discovered Aurelia in the conservatory, where she had retreated to get away from the attention her injuries always seemed to draw. The offer of a waltz from James was too tempting to resist, and for one lovely moment, Aurelia forgot about her scar and limp. Now, after spending a year at a healing spa, a newly rejuvenated Aurelia returns to London, only to discover that in the interim Amelia has become engaged to James. Aurelia knows Amelia could not find a kinder, sweeter gentleman than James, and even though her own heart is breaking, Aurelia will do everything in her power to see that their wedding day is perfect. Sherwood effortlessly evokes the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James, and her exquisite character development, memorable secondary characters, and impeccably researched historical setting infuse this elegantly written debut with a richness and depth worth savoring. --John Charles

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2013 Laurel Wreath Award for Best Historical Romance

"Sympathetic protagonists will keep readers engaged" - Publishers Weekly

"Readers will be enchanted" - RT Book Reviews

"Sherwood effortlessly evokes the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James, and her exquisite character development, memorable secondary characters, and impeccably researched historical setting infuse this elegantly written debut with a richness and depth worth savoring. STARRED REVIEW" - Booklist

"I was really curious about this book, and think the author had a wonderful idea for a plot, and created characters who were likable, multi-dimensional and not bound to or even tempted by cliched behavior - all things I appreciate very much." - Smart Bitches Trashy Books

"This is Ms. Sherwood's debut title and is an interesting story of danger,passion,secrets,smuggling,mystery, suspense,American heiress,twins,romance and love." - My Book Addiction Reviews

"WALTZ WITH A STRANGER is a worthy read for its endearing characters and thought-provoking themes. TOP PICK " - The Romance Reviews

"I love this story about both love and honor triumphing. I look forward to Ms. Sherwood's next book." - Linda Banche and Her Historical Hilarity

"All in all this is definitely a book worth getting to see one person's doubts and fears turn into happiness with the right man by her side." - Melenas Reviews

"A delightful historical debut." - Under the Boardwalk

More About the Author

Pamela Sherwood grew up in a family of teachers and taught college-level literature and writing courses for several years before turning to writing full time. She holds a doctorate in English literature, specializing in the Romantic and Victorian periods, eras that continue to fascinate her and provide her with countless opportunities for virtual time travel. She lives in Southern California and is currently at work on her next project.

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Aurelia suffers guilt over her feelings, and almost could, but doesn't, hate her sister.
Linda Banche
With great character development and a solid plot with some twists and turns... well, I congratulate Ms Sherwood on a great debut and highly recommend this read.
Romancing the Book
Maybe if it had been resolved prior to the end of book I would feel differently but personally it dragged on for me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Milan on December 29, 2012
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I really wanted to read this book even though I knew I would struggle with the premise. The poor scarred but still beautiful twin falling in love with a man who subsequently becomes engaged to her twin sister.

My issues are that the H knew that the sister he danced the waltz with, was returning from France in one month. She was also rich and an heiress but he still went ahead and asked the sister to marry him despite his feelings (although very slight and fledgeling) for the h. However he knew he had some sort of connection but still went ahead and got engaged to the beautiful, unscarred twin. He lost points for that.

***Spoiler alert***

When I was 70% into the book (and it was slow going with so much detail) and very deep friendship was developing with the h and not his betrothed. In spite of that he he went ahead and had a 'deep' kiss with the sister. Uggh I was totally irritated. Before that he was having dreams about the h. He then went on to kiss the h.

So by 90% of the book we'd had a sum total of 2 kisses and then after some drama surrounding the mystery of the murder of his cousin, the previous Earl, the H and h come to the realisation that they have to be together despite the sister. This was the one highlight in the book for me, the fact that they didn't wait for the sister to break things off first.

The book was really long without much action and the thing that threw me the most after this particularly clean book - 2 kisses by more than 90%, was the fact that the H and h sleep together before their marriage and obviously quite frequently (we are led to believe this and the fact that she is probably pregnant on their wedding day 6 weeks later). Whatever!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Banche on December 13, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pamela Sherwood's Victorian romance, WALTZ WITH A STRANGER, is a beautiful, deeply moving story of the conflict between love and honor and how, sometimes, both can win.

American heiress Aurelia, scarred in an accident, avoids people, especially men, until she dances one waltz with a kind, handsome stranger who doesn't care about her disfigurement. His gentle encouragement gives her the will to go on, as well as placing him forever in her heart.

James is entranced with the beautiful, sorrowful girl. But he has no money, and cannot ever win the hand of a rich lady. They part, never expecting to see each other again.

They meet a year later. James is now unexpectedly an earl with an impoverished estate and betrothed to Aurelia's twin sister, Amy, because he needs the money. Neither Aurelia nor James is free, in honor, to admit or act on their feelings for each other.

In the typical treatment of this situation, the two sisters fight tooth and nail over the man. Not here. Ms. Sherwood has turned convention on its head by making Aurelia and Amy adore each other. Their love is believable because they try to help each other, and while neither will do anything to harm the other, neither is a martyr, either. Aurelia suffers guilt over her feelings, and almost could, but doesn't, hate her sister. Amy wants Aurelia to find happiness with a husband, while not knowing she wants James. James, too, is believable, as the hardships of his early life did not make him into a spoiled, overprivileged aristocrat. He plans to honor his commitment to Amy while his heart desperately yearns for Aurelia.

Most of the tension arises as the three principals try to reconcile their choices with their desires while keeping their feelings to themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RomanaTimelady on October 25, 2013
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There's a discussion going on right now, a progression on how female characters are viewed, and that's writing an interesting female versus writing a "strong" female. Much to my delight, this book goes with the former, eschewing the cliches and tropes generally inherent in the genre. Amy and Aurelia are identical twins--or, they were, before an accident that left Aurelia scarred and physically disadvantaged. This is another piece of storytelling I feel sets this novel apart from its genre, in the sensitive and realistic dealing with a disability; Aurelia is naturally reserved in the way only someone with a close, vivacious sibling can be, and she's withdrawn, because of the way she feels about herself, as well as how society of that day viewed such things; but I never felt or read of the pity that usually accompanies these things, and overwhelms them until the work itself buys into the idea that being disadvantaged is truly life-ruining. This book is life-affirming, as Aurelia decides, after the titular waltz, to learn how turn it to her favor. She comes back from rehabilitation a stronger, more confident person, and the change wasn't at all jarring, but certainly refreshing!

And Amy and Aurelia are best friends; we see the closeness between them, the love, and while also adding to and serving to explain quite a bit of the plot, I feel this is also the beautiful heart of the book, and a bit revolutionary in the way it quietly challenges accepted views on women, especially in period pieces, in the way they relate to one another.
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