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    Joan Wolf(Author)

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After 9 years of peace, raising her son after her husband's death, the post has returned landing squarely on Abigail Saunders' doorstep. Raoul Melville bears a frightening message about her son Nicky, which threatens to uncover her past.

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  • PDF | 384 pages
  • Joan Wolf(Author)
  • Forever (November 1, 1997)
  • English
  • 2
  • Romance

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  • By Judge Tabor on December 20, 2014

    When the Earl of Savile braves a blizzard to travel to Mrs. Gail Saunders' home in order to tell her that Nicky, her young son, has been named in the will of a certain George Devane, she is not pleased. Since the local inn has burned down, Gail has no other choice but to provide shelter from the storm, all the while fearing the personal storm Savile is bringing into her life.Although Gail, Nicky, and their few servants manage to make do with very little, her life is not an easy one - especially since her young husband, Tommy, was killed in an accident. Together the two of them had managed to make a living teaching wealthy young Cits how to ride horses. Since his passing, she still teaches, but business has been cut in half and she struggles to make ends meet.However, Savile does turn her life upside down. Not only because he insists she must be in attendance at the reading of George Devane's will, but his very presence unsettles her. It's obvious there is a deep, dark secret related to Nicky's origins and the reader is left guessing until the very end of the book exactly what that secret entails. Just when we think we have it figured out, we're given additional clues to cause us to begin wondering again.Eventually, Gail's home is sold and since she doesn't exactly know what she will do, she goes totally out of character - which, up to that point had been that of a very independent woman. She accepts a temporary home at Savile's "castle" along with an arrangement that seems to come out of nowhere. In my opinion, the story went downhill after that turnaround. There's some mystery intertwined with the romance between Gail and Savile, but it goes on and on until we all know who the primary villain is way before he's unmasked. I can't find it within myself to give this book more than three stars.

  • By Becky on May 22, 2014

    So, first things first... Yes, this book's heroine is a Mistress. I was somewhat reluctant to delve into it because I do not care for smut in my regencies, it just doesn't jive well with the time period. That being said, this book was fantastic. It was plausible, understandable, and perfectly reasonable. The sex was glossed over, but handled in a very elegant, mature way. The feelings and emotions of the heroine were explored and explained in great depth. The book is narrated by the heroine, so we only get her POV, but it was very well-done. The plot is thick, juicy, and Ms Wolf definitely does not pull any punches. I felt the true villain did not get what he truly deserved but that was the only part of the book I found fault with. I loved the hero and the heroine equally. Things were a bit different for widows during that time than they were for innocents and the events surrounding the arrangement were plausible. I would have liked to have seen more of Maria and as always an epilogue would have been lovely. This was a fantastic read. Very very highly recommended for all Regency Romance lovers.

  • By lark on October 11, 2015

    As I began reading the first page, I thought oh, no, first person~groan. I invariably hate first person where we're usually stuck with knowing all about that person and nothing of the other characters. Well, not to worry here. Ms. Wolf has the talent and the range to encompass any writing style. And the imagery in her novels (including this one) is spectacular and so real. I'm not crazy about mysteries, either, but this one sure had me engaged.Yes, the hero is handsome, rich and perfect. Yes, the heroine is poor, struggling and perfect. But we were given a complex story. My stars, had the H and h also been complex, flawed, etc., the novel would have been 1,000 pages long! Anyway, despite their perfection, the H and h were real to me...they were just fine.My only quibble...a very minor quibble...was how abruptly the mistressing, the arrangement, was sprung on us. Maybe I was just slow on the uptake, though. Anyway, the h had some sense so I got over it.Since the show has already been given away in a spotlighted review, I'll chime in with my two cents worth: Had the villain been put on trial, it is entirely likely...*very probable*...he would have been acquitted. There was no proof! Instead, his punishment by the H was singularly appropriate.Yes, it's not difficult to identify the villain, but I remained hung up on the wrong target. I never did quite manage to solve the puzzle. So, Ms. Wolf certainly succeeded in making a good mystery-cum-romance out of this. The pacing didn't always move at a gallop but it remained steady enough.So, two things that are usually real turn offs for me...first person and mystery...and darn, I liked the story!Enjoy your reading! :)

  • By chb book addict on August 8, 2014

    Josn is the absolute master of the Regency romance genre. Even though I've read almost all of her books reading them again is such a pleasure that I just can't get enough.The riding school for Cits is the only way Gail Saunders can earn a living for her son, widowed after just a few years, Gail has to stretch the limited funds to pay their expenses. When the Earl of Savile,Raoul arrives during a snow storm, Gail is upset to learn that her son has received an inheritance from the Earl's cousin George Devane. Gail doesn't want to accept the bequest but she has no choice since its for her son and not her.Of course the story involves a lot more than that and the enjoyment comes from unravelling the storyline.

  • By C. A. on September 10, 2016

    Loved the first person narrative and the love story. A few times, the book felt a little too full of room and building descriptions that did not add to the story and weighted it down. But the characters and the subsequent gothic plot unfolded really well. If the heroine was a little too often angry, if there was too much of galleries and rooms and draperies and furnishings, it is forgivable because the love story and the characters and their interaction were so strong. There was lovely language to the love scenes. Romantic and honst.


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