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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061456853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061456855
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julianne MacLean fell in love with some of the classic romances—Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Pride and Prejudice—while completing her degree in English literature. Then she decided that she needed a "real job," but after a brief stint as a government auditor, she realized she just didn't care enough about numbers matching up. So a month before her wedding, she sat down and wrote the first paragraph of a romance. Now fifteen years, a husband, and a daughter later, Julianne is a happy, fulfilled, stay-at-home mom and a devoted romance writer.

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Very unusual story and done very well.
acartwright
My favorite part was that I had read this series but has he started to get his memory back - I started to remember the previous novels.
cb
When a Stranger Loves Me is the third installment in USA Today bestseller Julianne MacLean's Pembroke Palace series.
Andrea W

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Montgomery on January 30, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've enjoyed this series until this point, but When A Stranger Loves Me was so disappointing that I'm not sure I'll pick the fourth book up. It's not badly written, the characterization is consistent, the actions taken make some sense based on who they are, but it's all of my least favorite romance cliches bundled into one neat package and iced with pages and pages of skimmable sex.

And it's all so neat. For such a messy bundle there should be one or two loose threads, but by the end of the book it's not just happily ever after - it's happily ever after for everyone without a bit of anything else. Villains are foiled, true loves are revealed several times over, motivations are forgiven or explained - babies abound. Yet in the middle I never could care about what happened to any of them. I cared more about Blake in The Mistress Diaries than I did here. Without having anything of his former life (where he feels suffocated by love) to compare his current situation with, his petulance is only childish. When he decides he wants to 'take measures' to prevent conception, it's just a sentence he tosses off so he can get mad about it later. Like all of his statements, there's no conviction. He feels angry with the world and entitled to act that way. The heroine is so willing to enable him that she takes every chance she gets to bolster his sense of injury. It is apparently beyond her to require anyone to bear their own burdens, never mind taking up her own.

They meet, they have sex, they like it so they have sex as often as they can, they find out they might not be able to have sex anymore, and they figure out how to have it again, the end. I don't mean to be so harsh. I really like the author, I wanted to like the book, but I found it an unpleasant read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrea W on May 1, 2009
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When a Stranger Loves Me is the third installment in USA Today bestseller Julianne MacLean's Pembroke Palace series. In the previous book, The Mistress Diaries, Lord Blake Sinclair went missing and we find out precisely what happened in When a Stranger Loves Me.

Lady Chelsea Campion has lived somewhat in exile on the island of Jersey for the last seven years. At 18, she ran off with a fortune hunter and created a scandal that her family has never been able to live down. And now she feels the pressure of possibly having to marry her father's cousin and heir because her brother (the current earl) and sister-in-law have produced no offspring after ten years of marriage. Despite this, she is happy living on the wild Jersey coast. She loves walking along the beaches and cliffs and listening to the pounding waves crashing to the shore. Doing so feeds her imagination and breathes life into her writer's soul. While on one of her seaside excursions, she discovers a man's gold watch with the initials B H S inside and immediately starts daydreaming about whom it might belong to and what the initials might stand for. She then enters one of the sea caves and is stunned to see a man laying face down on the ground. A naked man. Chelsea checks his pulse and then hurries home to summon help. The unconscious man is seen and treated by the doctor and when he later awakens, he has no idea where he is, how he got there or even who he is. Chelsea befriends him and eventually conjures up a plan that may save her and her family -- she intends to seduce the handsome stranger and conceive an heir. What she didn't intend was losing her heart in the process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jjmachshev VINE VOICE on April 27, 2009
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Humph. Julieanne MacLean is a talented writer. Her prose flows beautifully and her characters are memorable. Unfortunately, the plot in "When a Stranger Loves Me" was just a bit too outre FOR ME.

Chelsea lives a life of freedom now that she's disgraced. However, she's perfectly content with her writing and her rambles about the seashore. But since her brother and his wife have been unable to have a child, he and her mother are looking to marry her off to the presumptive heir--a nasty, smelly old man. Desperate to save herself, when a stranger with no memory washes up on the seashore, Chelsea's inventive mind begins to spin a plot.

He has no memory, no clothes, and almost no life! Since he woke up, 'Jack' has clung to the woman who saved him. Their time together is increasingly special and passionate. But when he discovers Chelsea's plot...nothing can convince him of her true feelings.

Chelsea is a truly unusual heroine. But even understanding her reasoning didn't wash the foul taste from my mouth. And the complicity of her mother and brother was the last straw. For me, there were just too many things that didn't make sense. I understand they were needed to progress the story, but I just flat out didn't like or believe them. That made the whole book more of a chore than an enjoyment.

On the plus side, everything else carried Ms. MacLean's normal great writing--pace, tension, relationship--all were there for me with the big exception of a few plot devices. The good news is, if this doesn't bug you, then "When a Stranger Loves Me" will be another winner for you!
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More About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author, Julianne MacLean came to the romance genre after completing a degree in English literature from the University of King's College in Nova Scotia. She fell in love with some of the classic romances - Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice - and after a brief stint as a federal government auditor, decided to try her hand at becoming a modern day romance writer.

She is a three time Rita Finalist and winner of numerous awards, including the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers Choice Award, the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the Greater Detroit Romance Writers Booksellers' Best Award, and has sold over 1.2 million books in North America alone.

She is a devoted wife and mother, and loves to travel. She has lived in New Zealand and Ottawa, and is now settled happily in Nova Scotia, while working on her latest book.

Please visit her website for more information and be sure to sign up for her mailing list to stay informed about new releases, and to be included in her monthly giveaway of an autographed book. http://www.juliannemaclean.com

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