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Upon Your Return Paperback – May 17, 2013
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"With vivid characters, sensuality, and danger, Marie Lavender hits the mark with her historical romance Upon Your Return. Set in 1860s France, Lavender pulls the reader into her story with colorful historical details, authentic settings, and French phrases, making the atmosphere even more realistic. Seamlessly melding a powerful love story with a plenty of surprising plot twists, Upon Your Return is a deliciously seductive read that will sweep readers away to a different time and place." - Lori Zalewski, Lusty Penguin Reviews (lustypenguin.com/review-upon-your-return-by-marie-lavender/)
"Upon receiving this book, I immediately noticed how beautiful the cover was. I only meant to open it long enough to see how long it was going to be but found myself sucked in to the story from page one. I couldn't stop reading and ending up stay up way past my usual bedtime. It was that good. I laughed, cried, and even cheered a few times during the reading of Upon Your Return. Looking forward to reading more from Marie Lavender in the future!" - Amanda, Editing After Edits blog (editingafteredits.blogspot.com/2013/07/review-upon-your-return.html)
Blue Ribbon Rating: 4
"UPON YOUR RETURN is an historical romance set in France that took me on a roller coaster ride with so many adventures and happenings. One minute there was happiness and the next would be despair. So many emotions were drawn on during the telling of the story." - Jo, Romance Junkies Reviews (romancejunkiesreviews.com/artman/publish/historical/Upon_Your_Return.shtml)
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It’s apparent that her parents love her, but they leave her with a caregiver at such a tender age. She had to have been devastated because she was absolutely abandoned by them. That alone is enough to affect her for the rest of her life. But to make matters worse, her parents die at sea. One of the most precious gifts a child has as they grew up is feeling safe, so now with their deaths what feelings of safety she may have had are gone.
Then she moves in with her Uncle who is cold and really doesn’t care about her as a human being but as a project that was forced on him. He doesn’t show her that he cares about her leave alone that he loves her. He betrays her by setting-up her future with men who will also betray her.
So of course when she meets her night in shining armor she is not going to fall into his arms and believe he’s her one and only. It’s very logical that she’s unsure about him and doesn’t trust that he will stick with her until the end.
When she moves in with an aunt, it seemed she gains some balance in her life knowing that she cares for.
The end caught me off guard for a moment, but then I saw it as an ending that we’d see in a movie.
I very much enjoyed this novel. The most important thing when I read a novel is liking the protagonist, and I do love Fara.
Upon Your Return portrays the social and political struggles in France within the 1860’s. Particularly, the challenges Fara faces as a woman. The author touches upon the stirrings of feminism, classism, giving the read reality and life behind the romance.
Fara and Grant are strong, brave characters, both who defy the conventions of the time. Overcome obstacles for their love. Both characters are written with such care the reader keeps turning pages just to find out what will happen next.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys romance stories and appreciates good writing. It is one of those books you won’t want to put down and in the end the characters will stay with you, much like, Catherine and Heathcliff. Enjoy.
In Upon Your Return, the author touches upon the stirrings of feminism and uses period details judiciously, creating a sense of reality without ever boring the reader. Fara and Grant must travel a long, difficult road and overcome a lot of obstacles. We take that journey with them and hope that somehow, in the end, love will prevail.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys romance stories and appreciates good writing. It is one of those "rare gems."
Ms. Lavender has done a great job of writing a clean, romantic historical novel. Fara and Captain Grant Hill see the world differently despite their love and passion for each other. Politics and protocol separate them for years. However, it is that love that brings them back together.
Believe me - there are twists and little bits of surprises that will keep you wondering and entertained. I highly recommend this book.
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