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Wildest Dreams (Casablanca Classics) Paperback – Bargain Price, February 1, 2012

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A hasty opening drops the reader head-first into a story already in progress, but the plunge is quickly forgotten as Bittner's ( Tender Betrayal ) characters spring to life. It's 1863. Upon learning that he is illegitimate, independent Luke Fontaine strikes out on his own to prove himself. On a west-bound wagon train, he falls in love with Lettie, a rape victim with an illegitimate child. Since her rape, Lettie has felt unworthy of another relationship, but Luke is determined to convince her otherwise with the kind of understanding attitude that makes this epic saga of 25 years so memorable. Luke and Lettie head for Montana to begin a dynasty--which is both Luke's dream and his way of avenging himself on his estranged family. The couple are true pioneers, staking out their claim on the raw, untamed Montana Territory inch-by-inch. Nothing is easy and their happiness is hard won and revered. Their experiences are not out of the ordinary for the time (a son is abducted by Indians, a grizzly attack, a child dies of fever), but are extraordinary for the depth of emotion with which they are portrayed. Bittner is one of those writers whose talent has grown over the years; that talent truly blossoms in Wildest Dreams .
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"You will love learning some of the history" - Urban Girl Reader

"In my opinion this book was everything a good western romance should be." - The Lonely Bookworm

"It's a rip-roaring soap opera that lets the reader follow a couple's life together over the course of 25 years.
" - Heroes and Heartbreakers

"Books like this aren't being published in the romance genre anymore - and it's a damn cryin' shame. " - Wendy the Super Librarian
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Product Details

  • Series: Casablanca Classics
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Reprint edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402267681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402267680
  • ASIN: B008SMCF32
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,203,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 11, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If I were stranded on an island and could only take 5 bks with me, this would be one. This is an incredibly real saga of a troubled young man, injured in the civl war and dis-owned by his "father" who heads west to prove himself. He meets an unwed mother traumatized by a rape that resulted in her beautiful son. On this short wagon train ride they fall in love. The book continues from then until years later when they are grandparents. It includes all the trials and tribulations of their relationship, their hardships, the children and the pioneering people in the west. This would be a better movie than "giant" (the liz taylor/james dean/rock hudson movie of this ilk). You have to fall in love with the whole family....and
while there is sadness and angst there is also enormous joy, humor, love and delightfulness. If u read one book this month, make it this one........Lettie's love of her family and faith will stay in your heart for a long time.
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By A Customer on June 29, 2000
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I just finished Wildest Dreams.This book kept me thinking long after I had read the last page.Like the reader above, I laughed and I cried. Roseanne Bittner has such a special way of bringing you along with her and making you feel the depth of the characters. Every character in this book is interesting.I can't wait to read the the Mystic Warriors series.I wish they would make this book into a movie.
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I'm loving that Rosanne Bittner is starting to put her older novels out in kindle format - and I hope she continues because she writes some of the best historical romance novels I've found! I only read a couple of her books way back when and it wasn't until this year that I rediscovered her and was thrilled to read Wildest Dreams!

One reviewer mentioned that this wasn't much of a romance novel - and I'd have to disagree. Yes, it isn't the typical story where most of the book is dedicated to the falling in love part and ends at the wedding with an epilogue glimpse into the future. You do get to experience the falling-in-love part, however, this book spends most of the time focusing on their lives from the wedding on - and the romance and how their love grows through the years. Trust me, the romance is there and honestly, I enjoy experiencing books where the story continues way past the wedding. That's where true love is forged in steel and where romance blooms to it's fullest. Luke and Lettie are two of my favorite RB characters and this book will always remain on my keeper shelf! How they work together to build their family and cattle-empire and what they face to make those dreams come true will keep you enthralled from the first sentence to the last page!
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By A Customer on July 16, 1998
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This was my first book by this author. The story itself was wonderful, one that I could not put down and one that made me feel for the characters in the story. Roseanne has a way of making the char. seem like they are close to the reader. I cried and got mad and laughed.......and when the book was finished I mourned because it was over! This book was one of the best I have ever read and I leant it out and it has gone from person to person . Everyone has loved it! You really must read this book and see for yourself! Thanks for quite a story!
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Against the glorious panorama of Big Sky country, award-winning author Rosanne Bittner creats a sweeping saga of passion, excitement, and danger...as a beautiful young woman and a rugged ex-soldier struggle against all odds to carve out an empire--and to forge a magnificent love.

Lettie MacBride knew that joining a wagon train heading west was her only chance to begin anew, far from the devastating memories of the night that had changed her forever. But though she might leave the past behind, she never believe she would escape the pain of innocence lost, nor feel stirrings of desire for any man...until she met Luke Fontaine.

Haunted by his own secrets, Luke could never blame Lettie for what had happened in the past. One glance at the pretty red-haired lass was enough to fill the handsome, hard-driving pioneer with a savage hunger. This was the woman he wanted by his side as he fought to build an empire--to tame a land that only the strong could take and only the courageous could keep.

Against relentless snows, murderous desperadoes, and raiding Sioux, Luke and Lettie would stand together, bound by a passion that ran deep. But violence and tragedy would stalk them, and in this time of endless tears and brutal challenges, they would face a heartrending choice--to abandon a lawless land before it destroyed them, or to fight for their Wildest Dreams.

And my review:

When I pick up a 600 page book marked as a historical romance, I expect it to have lots of romance in it. I don't expect the falling-in-love part of the book to be over in less than 25 pages. But that's what happened here.

Romance readers like me want to see the struggle of falling-in-love, from initial attraction to "I'll love you forever".
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By A Customer on September 4, 1998
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I was so overwhelmed by this story that I was sorry to see it end!
Since then,the book has passed through many hands and everyone has said the samething, " What a great story!"
You fall into the adventure with these characters that you grow to love. You find yourself attached to the book and reading every chance you get! I laughed and cried and mourned the end of this wonderful adventure!
I think I'll read it again!!!
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