- Series: Intimate Moments, 1011 (Book 1011)
- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Silhouette; First Edition edition (June 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 037327081X
- ISBN-13: 978-0373270811
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,295,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beautiful Stranger (The Last Roundup) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, 1011) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2000
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Oh, and all the information about sensible weight loss are subtly woven in, as well. Grateful, we are. Empowered and encouraged, even.
There was one memorable part, which I have periodically thought about. I enjoyed the way she lost weight. She just started walking every day, a little bit more each day. I enjoyed the way she gave herself just three taco chips at the restaurant and then pushed the bowl away. She would have one-half of a doughnut. It was pleasant watching the way she chose her food, thought about it and ate. For that reason alone, I gave this 3 stars instead of 2.
Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: three short ones. Setting: current day Red Creek, Colorado. Copyright: 2000. Genre: contemporary romance.
Ruth Wind creates excellent nuanced characters that at once embody archetypes in order to explore the themes that draw a reader to a kind of character and then she sketches them so finely we can never see these people as anything but real, human, and compelling.
In this romance, we have a the less traditionally attractive twin as a larger sized heroine from the upper class and a hero who is a seen as a bad boy but sees the world and the heroine through artist's eyes.
The issues of class difference and self esteem around body image are deftly handled. The empathy and compassion that these two find for each other make a love story worth reading over and over again.
Ruth Wind's characters are real people, dealing with real issues. The heroine is not model perfect and she probably never will be. I love that about her. She is aware of her issues with food and even tells the hero she thinks she can control herself if they go to a Mexican food restaurant. He, of course, is wonderful enough not to make an issue of her weight, except to tell her she's always been beautiful. Oh, and how my heart warmed to this book. But it wasn't just the main characters that made me keep reading, the hero's niece, and her "teen in crisis" issues make this book a great read.
If you're looking for your run of the mill, soap-like, romance, go to your nearest book store. If you're looking for true love, try this book -- if you can find it in a resale store. As for me, I'm holding on to my copy.
The heroine is the most perfectly ordinary heroine I've ever come across in a romance novel (except of course for one tiny detail). Not only that, but she's dealing with issues that I can understand. Yay!
And the hero--while undeniably rugged and handsome--is also ordinary. He's just a man, like any other man...flaws and all.
It's refreshing to read a story that doesn't rely on unrealistic contrivances to drag out the conflict. These are 'real' people dealing with real issues. They have their flaws and their foibles. And they work it out like adults.
This book isn't just about love-at-first-sight and it's not just about sex. Yes, there's instant attraction between the hero and heroine, but there's more to their relationship than their physical attraction. These characters genuinely talk about their likes and their dislikes. They actually have a relationship based on what they have in common--which is something you don't often find in a romance novel.
And the relationships the hero and heroine had with other characters also had a very strong realistic feel to them. I understood these characters' motivations and fears. In fact I felt I could empathize with them. I love that in a story! It's like meeting new friends...
Another thing I enjoyed about this book was the portrayal of the twin bond... It wasn't magical, it wasn't mystical...it just *was*. And that's how these things really work... It's yet another dose of realism that drew me into the story. The heroine and her twin actually seemed like two halves of the same person...and yet that seemed perfectly natural within the context of the story.
I am now on a personal quest to find anything else this author may have written. It's always a pleasure to discover another favorite! :)