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Loving A Lost Lord (Lost Lords) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2009

4.1 out of 5 stars 210 customer reviews
Book 1 of 7 in the Lost Lords Series

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Starred Review. The enchanting first Lost Lords novel confirms bestseller Putney (The Marriage Spell) as a major force in historical romance. In early 19th-century northern England, Mariah Clarke inherits beautiful Hartley Manor. George Burke, Hartley's former owner, claims that Mariah's father won the estate by cheating at cards and attempts to regain it by courting Mariah, who recklessly claims she's already married. When she rescues an amnesiac man from the sea, she sees her chance to make the lie true, naming him Adam and convincing him she's his wife. Sensual romance heats up between the couple until Mariah reluctantly reveals the truth. When she learns of Adam's real history, Mariah must make a terrible choice. Entrancing characters and a superb plot line catapult this tale into stand-alone status. (July)
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About the Author

Mary Jo Putney graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in eighteenth-century literature and industrial design. A New York Times bestselling author, she has won numerous awards for her writing, including two Romance Writers of America RITA Awards, four consecutive Golden Leaf awards for Best Historical Romance, and the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Historical Romance. She was the keynote speaker at the 2000 National Romance Writers of America Conference. Ms. Putney lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit her Web site at www.maryjoputney.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Lost Lords
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; Original edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420103288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420103281
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,675,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Terry W. Moore on July 26, 2010
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I started reading this book and it seemed like it was going to be really good. But, NO, it had to be totally ridiculous. First off, the cover of the book is all wrong. The main female character, Miriah, has blond hair not brown. If you don't want a spoiler, stop reading. This book had more resurections then we will see before the biblical rapture. Almost everybody that dies in this book mysteriously comes back to life. To start with, the main male character, The Duke of Ashton, Adam/Ash, is suppose to have died in a steamboat explosion. But he washes ashore on the main female character, Mariah's beach. Which that is all fine and good because that is what the basis for the storyline. Mariah's father is murdered while he is away on a trip to London. Later in the story, she finds out that he is alive and well and staying in London with her mother. And guess what, her mother was also suppose to have died when Mariah was only two years old. There's more, she finds out that not only is her father and mother alive and well, but she also has a twin sister that she never knew about. In the meantime, the main male character, Adam/Ash, has found out that his mother, who was also suppose to have died when he was a young child, also lives. Not only does his mother live, but he has younger sister. And his mother has remarried his dead (who died & stayed dead), father's best friend. And lucky him, he also has two step siblings. Now Mariah also has a friend, Julia, from her life at her manor. The story eludes to Julia being part of the high society circles in London and then she had ran away to this small town near Ireland to hide from this elusive past. But Mariah talks her friend into going back to London with her.Read more ›
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I've read all of Mary Jo Putney's historical books (as well as her recent magic-oriented books) and generally love most of them. I somewhat enjoyed the first half of this book --- which is why I gave it two stars. Even then, there was a little too much background information on all of the Duke's friends (I imagine this is because they'll each be getting a book of their own). The first half also has several plot holes (such as when she asks him if he speaks English and then announces they are married -- well, wouldn't you know that your husband speaks English???). However, the second half has so many coincidences and unbelievable twists that I came close to just giving up on it. I read thru to the end but it definitely DOES NOT compare with her early historicals -- read Dancing on the Wind or Shattered Rainbows for a true taste of Putney's ability to write good historical romance novels.
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Nice read till about 75%...but then so many tie ups...I was not sure if some one else other than MJP wrote the last few chapters....too many dead to living appearences ....but other than that good read
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Mary Jo Putney always delivers an interesting plot, well-drawn characters, and a good picture of the times. This involves one of four young men who were misfits and students at a unique school for boys. Ashton, a duke and son of a nobleman and an Indian princess, hated England and missed his mother, who was left in India when he was yanked "home" to be schooled as a proper duke. He is uncomfortable with his dual heritage, and hides his interest in Hindu art and beliefs. After a steamship accident he is washed ashore barely alive, and without a memory. The heroine, desperate to avoid marriage to a despicable man, conceives a plan to tell everyone the man she has rescued is her long-lost husband. She picks a name for him--Adam, as in the first man--which turns out to be his real name. The story of his slowly recovering memory, his acceptance of his dual heritage, and his dependence on his rescuer make a multi-faceted story. The heroine is also well defined: her attempts at independence thwarted by the apparent death of her father, and the intrusion of the man who tries to reclaim her estate, adds to the complexity of the story. Altogether a very good read, as are the rest of the Lost Lords series.
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I would not have read another book in this series if I hadn't read others first. This book introduces the characters for the other books. There are too many dead people rising to live another day which makes this book very silly. The hero is weak and the heroine is unbelievable.
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The story line had great promise but was poorly executed. All the previously dead characters were resurrected with extremely implausible back stories and the reactions to these resurrections as well as the explanations thereof, are nothing short of astounding:

1. Why would a loving mother fail to contact her grownup son for over 2 decades, despite longing to meet him?
2. How can a daughter raised under the impression her mother is dead, "dissolve into peals of laughter" when finding out her father lied for over 20 years, took her away from her well to do mother, twin sister and extended family and brought her up in deprivation while precariously wandering around the country gambling for a living? How can she maintain her good humor, once it's explained that it was all due to a "silly" fight, and her father's wounded ego, which he soothed with random women met along the way over 2 decades?
3. How could a woman whose husband abandoned her and took one of her daughters away for 20 years, out of sheer ego, be waiting anxiously for and take her idiot spouse back after 2 decades, no questions asked?
4. How could a daughter deprived of her twin and her father for her entire life, feel no resentment towards said father, and eagerly go live with him, after his prodigal return from a wounded ego trip that lasted 20 years?

Utterly unbelievable plot elements ruin what had the potential to be a great novel. Very unlike MJP, who is usually extremely skilled at weaving her tales. What went wrong?
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