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The Handfasting by [Burnett, David]
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About the Author

David Burnett lives in Columbia South Carolina, with his wife and their blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. The Reunion, his first novel, is set in nearby Charleston. The Handfasting is his second novel. While most of the events in the story take place in New York City, psychologically, the story is set in the rural South of the 1970’s. David enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches. He has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, and a Native American powwow. David and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen. David has graduate degrees in psychology and education and previously was Director of Research for the South Carolina Department of Education. He and his wife have two daughters.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1184 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Publication Date: December 31, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D7CCW8G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Ruth A. Hill on August 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
First of all, do not judge the book by the title. I was not looking forward to this book when I started it this morning (that's right--I read it one day). I expected it to be really strange because I couldn't remember the synopsis. All I can say is that if you like clean romances, I think I may have found a book that you will adore! Yes, I feel quite confident in calling this a clean romance. Why? The profanity is incredibly minimal--almost not even profanity. No misuse of God's name and nothing hardcore. There are also no bedroom scenes. In fact, the main characters don't sleep together before marriage! Wow! I was completely dumbfounded that this book has the most incredible romance formula, and this will be an author I would read any time! In fact, I believe I would set aside everything I am currently reading and give priority to his books.

Secondly, I want to say that when men write an outstanding romance novel, I am always blown away. I realize that sounds really sexist, but permit me this leeway. When I consider romance novels, I always think of women. I tend to associate men with thrillers, mystery, and often an inordinate amount of profanity. David Burnett writes a romance story with dynamic characters and a storyline that will keep you guessing. The story was never sappy, and it was one of the easiest books I have read in a while. I never lost interest in the story, and I struggled to put the book down. I was so immersed in the story that I genuinely cared about what happened to the characters. I love it when an author can get me so emotionally invested in the characters so that it will be truly memorable to me. This will be a book I can highly recommend, and I will not forget it any time soon.
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Format: Paperback
Want a quick read for your summer travels? This is it!

The Handfasting is a book that left me with my jaw hanging open more than once (and I am not easily shocked!). The character of Bill Wilson will leave even the most laid-back, casual reader wanting to punch him in the face for the main character. I had to put the book down and walk away for a few minutes because the interaction between Katherine and Bill got me so riled up. If you grew up knowing about the "old South," you'll find descriptions of the women in Katherine's hometown to be amusing and entirely too accurate. And you'll want her to find her freedom away from her family.

David Burnett's second book shows his ability to tell compelling stories about love lost and found again. His description of small European towns and churches reinforces to the reader that he has not only seen these places in person, but has explored them in depth, which helps to take the reader to the scene.

I highly recommend The Handfasting!
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First of all I need to THANK BECK VALLEY BOOKS for yet another amazing book tour opportunity! They have yet to send me a book that I haven't loved and this one was no different!

The author, David Burnett, absolutely grabbed me from page one. I was intrigued by the handfasting "ceremony" that was occurring and then after all of that the very first chapter threw me for a loop!

Don't let that happen to you. To be honest I was so confused the first 10 pages or so of the book that I almost put it down for good but like I said I was intrigued and kept going back to it. Boy am I glad I did y'all! I seriously read this book from page 11 to the end in less than 12 hours! I couldn't put it down!

The above summary tells you quite a bit so I don't really feel like it's necessary for me to go into the actual story but I will talk about the characters.

Dr. Katherine "Katie" Jackson reminded me of the girl who is absolutely gorgeous and has no clue at all. She isn't one of those overly confident women who look at men and think "yeah I could have him" on the contrary, she is more reserved and just sweet in general. My favorite scene with her (aside from the last one) was in the very beginning when she was out with her friends celebrating her birthday and a young man comes up to her and asks her to dance. She immediately looked at his friends and realized that this man was asking her on a dare and made it a point to accept his offer to dance and seemed to really enjoy doing it. That is the type of person she was.

Dr. Steven Richardson....hmmm I am not sure how to put this but in my head he is hot hot hot and I want him to have a british accent so very bad even though I am sure he doesn't since he was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.
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I love to read, and I'm a fast reader, but only if something truly pique's my interest. This book started a bit slow for my taste, but once I got into it, I was angry when the phone rang. The story has a little bit of everything. Realistic, down to earth female friendships, some great family ties, suspense, and insecurity that finally becomes strong enough to overcome. Mr. Burnett's ability to create such a vivid character as Bill Wilson is outstanding! Bill Wilson, who is an absolute PIG, elicits such hatred in this reader as a poor excuse for a human being, I wanted to jump into the book and shoot him! If this book had started a little faster, I'd have given it 5 stars. A Great read!
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