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Where Dreams Begin

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,767 Ratings  ·  433 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers the unforgettable, sexy tale of a brash rogue who meets his equal in a woman who knows exactly what she wants . . .

Zachary Bronson has built an empire of wealth and power. Now he is seeking a wife to help secure his position in the ton . . . as well as warm his bed in private. But not just any woman will do for one of
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published February 1st 2000)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Book gods : "Stacia, you've had a rough reading week. It's time that we allow you a moment of rest. Go forth and enjoy this familiar author as you relax in our favor for this brief moment."

Me : "Thank you, sirs and madams. I will try not to squander your gift."

3.5 stars. I had to deduct half a point for an ending that should have been cut off about 30 pages sooner.

I'm officially refreshed now. Kleypas never fails to entertain me. The formula still stands as successful as ever. There are no w
Robin (Bridge Four)
Jul 17, 2015 Robin (Bridge Four) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Robin by: D.G.
Recently I asked a few goodreads friends to help me out with some recommendations for something light with some sexy times in it and if possible a good audiobook version to go along with the ebook. Let’s just say they did not fail me. I got some great recommends and this was one of them.

This is my first Lisa Kleypas novel and I enjoyed it so much I’m sure it won’t be my last. The build of sexual tension was so good and even the storyline was really enjoyable. Mr. Bronson is new to the aristocrac
This was one of the great hidden gems that take you by surprise and wish it never end!

I adored Zachary (a lot- one of my fave LK men now) one of those men who strive to make themselves better in a time where the lower class weren’t given half a chance. Zach shows he’s not only is he handsome, strong and caring but can be a wicked scoundrel. Holly after three years was coming out of her grief shell after the death of her beloved husband into society again and when she’s kissed in the shadows by
Nov 04, 2014 Didi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I will read anything Lisa Kleypas writes. Anything.

This was a great story, filled with the angst of loss and despair, hope and enduring love. Holly Taylor couldn't imagine loving again, let alone loving more than she did her late husband. At first I was irritated with Holly and her self sacrifice to uphold propriety, but as the story progressed I realized what she was doing. I can't even imagine living in a time where you're told how to feel, act, grieve and love. But Zachary Bronson was
I have to say, it was very hard for me to rate this book. There were parts I loved, making me want to give it a 4, and parts that I hated, making me want to give it a 3 or less. Ultimately, I had to go with my instincts and go with the 3. Let me tell you why...

What I Loved:

In general, I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I loved the concept and, for the most part, the way that Lisa Kleypas built the story. I loved the characters, with the exception of one, and I really did want to see them ha
Nov 04, 2014 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one. Love to get back to Historicals every so often. Zachary, the hero, from the wrong side of the tracks, who wants to fit in with the upper classes. Lady Holland, from the upper classes who once had the love of her life and knows she will never know that again.

“I'll follow you to the next life if I have to," he whispered harshly in her ear. "You'll never be free of me. I'll chase you through heaven and hell and beyond." He continued to whisper without stopping while his
Jan 25, 2010 Julianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Regency Romance, Lisa Kleypas, and/or Hot Self-made Heroes
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"4.5 stars" Lately, I've allowed myself to become distracted from some of my favorite authors, so it has been quite a while since I've read a Lisa Kleypas novel. Where Dreams Begin has been on my TBR pile for nearly two years, and I believe that was due in part to it rarely being mentioned as a fan favorite which led me to believe that it probably wasn't one of her stronger efforts. Now that I've finally read it, I'm kicking myself for not picking it up sooner. In my opin
Lisa Kay
This is a review of the audiobook.

The 2000 paperback publication has long been one of my favorite Lisa Kleypas books and I can see the hero, Zachary Bronson, as the archetype for so many other Kleypas heroes to come: a rough, self-made man with endless determination to get what he wants, and he wants Lady Holland Taylor. (Talk about a man in pursuit!) Only here he is set in an era where dukes ruled the day and he is, alas, without anything approaching a title. But that is not deterring him. O
Beth F.
You’d be hard pressed to find any romance with a fresh/new storyline, and yet Kleypas has had a much higher success rate than many of her contemporaries at breathing new life into otherwise worn out plots. This was another success. And despite the fact that the last 40 or 50 pages of this book were entirely unnecessary (and a bit of a buzz kill from an otherwise fantastic story) I’m still giving this four stars because the first 90% of the book was a joy to read.

Romance clichés skillfully broug
5 stars.

I created a new shelf for this called "gorgeous" because it quite simply was from start to finish.

Lisa Kleypas is extremely dominant on my favourites shelf because she is obviously one of the most magical romance authors of all time. I can't tell you how much the opening chapter of this book captured my attention but my heart was with both Lady Holly and Zachary from that point forward.

Can I just say how refreshing it was to not have any crazy drama or suspense plot in Where Dreams Begi
One of my favorite books for 2010 and straight into my keepers shelf. Review to come after Christmas!

Well, it's after Christmas now but I guess I'm too tired from the festivities to write a complete review so I'll keep it short:

Zachary Bronson has become a rich man and has gained all his heart's desires except one thing: admittance in the ton because of his lowly origins. In a ball he meets the beautiful widow Lady Holland and decides he wants her as his tutor in order to polish his manners, and
4.5/5 stars. I found this Lisa Kleypas book to be deeply moving and very emotional. It made me cry because the character's feelings were very believable as they struggled with their feelings for one another.

The premise of the book was an interesting one to me. A widow was hired by a family with new-money to educate them in the ways of English society.

One of my favorite things about this book was a little girl named Rose, the daughter of the widow. Her innocence in reacting to the situations put
Beautiful story! I had my doubts and the very end was a little draggy, but this is one of the best love stories written by Lisa Kleypas or ever written, actually. I absolutely adored it.

After 3 years of mourning, Lady Holland has finally returned to society. Her marriage had been perfect and her in-laws are willing to support her and her daughter, but she still can't seem move on after her husband's death. Shockingly, when she meets Zachary Bronson, an arriviste and a commoner climbing the socia
Sophie ♥
Rate: 5 stars hands down (Full review + fave quotes)

It's been too long since I last read a Lisa Kleypas book and my memory doesn't seem to do justice to her fabulousness. I even began to think... Surely I have discovered so many new and brilliant authors that I somehow won't enjoy my old favourite author anymore BUT THE WOMAN JUST HAS SOMETHING THAT NO OTHER AUTHOR DOES. No one can reel off historical romances like Kleypas can without somewhere getting one wrong or accidentally creating a charac
ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves)
This was another satisfying story from Lisa Kleypas featuring Holly and Zach, both enjoying characters as they navigate the journey towards love while trying to play by the rules of England's ton.
I love these stories when someone proper still manages to be flexible enough to defy the ton. It doesn't hurt when the lower class person is rich of course.

This was not fun, especially the last 10-20%. When I was starting this book I said you can't go wrong with Lisa Kleypas and I still stand by these words, because the woman can write. But Where Dreams Begin just didn't work for me.

I wasn't bored, far from it, but I didn't enjoy the story or the characters either. Holly was overly portrayed as so innocent, fragile, too virginal for a woman once married, whereas Zachary was soo wicked, masculine, aggressive. They're basically every male an
Another winner from Lisa Kleypas!! Holly is a widow with a young child, Rose. Her husband died three years previous to her encounter with Zachary - a self-made man, fabulously wealthy and handsome. It was a chance meeting, in the dark, he mistook her for another woman he arranged to secretly meet. What a beginning!

Well, this book was sad in some ways because Holly is still mourning the death of her husband, George. She's desolate without him. The only thing that keeps her going is her daughter
Mar 30, 2015 Feminista rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Promiscuous heroes. Really don't have much respect for people who don't have self-control. And no, saying that "a man like him" would have such urges does not make it realistic, okay or better. There is no "man like him". There are only men who have self-control and others who have too little self-control.

And in that day and age, think about all the STDs he would have picked up along the way. Contraceptive isn't full proof in this day and age, I highly doubt it was back then.
Anna D.
Jan 14, 2014 Anna D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr
I want my very own Mr. Zachary Bronson!

Full review:
Zachary Bronson is a perfect hero and he absolutely shines here! We all know that there is nothing sexier than an alpha male, self-made gazillionaire who came from poverty and rose to the top – not to mention the fact that he has a soft spot for his family and has hidden insecurities about his station in society when compared to the woman he loves…and then Lisa Kleypas tacked on an adorable toddler who Zach spoils! Forget it! Game over! Women ar
Lisa Kay
Review of Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas

This is a review of the audiobook.

The 2000 paperback publication has long been one of my favorite Lisa Kleypas books and I can see the hero, Zachary Bronson, as the archetype for so many other Kleypas heroes to come: a rough, self-made man with endless determination to get what he wants, and he wants Lady Holland Taylor. (Talk about a man in pursuit!) Only here he is set in an era where dukes ruled the day and he is, alas, without anything approachi
Where Dreams Begin may not be my favorite Kleypas novel, but it is one of the best romance novels I have ever read. If you’re looking to sample the historical romance genre, this is the book I’d suggest you begin with. Not only does it steer clear of the irritating alpha-male stereotype that allows heroes to rape their wives and come across as romantic while doing it (you won't believe how common this is!), it also features strikingly unique characters in this clichéd genre and tacks on quite a ...more
Apr 18, 2011 Eastofoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eastofoz by: auntee
Loved Zachary, didn't like the heroine who compared everything to her dead husband straight through the book. She lacked independence. A bit too much filler at the end. It seemed like she wasn't sure how to end it. For once though I read a romance with a small child that was actually heartwarming and not irritating with that lovey-doveyness.

Not part of Kleypas' best but still good overall.
Mar 14, 2010 valee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this one, much more than a lot of her books. It was so good that I read it in a day, LOL.

I even cried with this one. LK's fans, you must read this one.
Oct 31, 2014 P.Z. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
เปนอีกเรืองของลิซาทีพลอตไมมีอะไรแตเขียนออกมาไดนาสนใจมากๆ ความสัมพันธของพระนางไมซับซอน แตกมีเสนหดึงดูด ทำใหเราติดตามอานจบภายในรวดเดียวได เราชอบโรส ลูกสาวของฮอลลีทีเพิมสีสันใหกับเรืองนี ไหนจะคูของนองสาวแซคคารีอีก เราวาคูนีกนาสนใจไมนอยเลยทีเดียว

การดำเนินเรืองทำใหเราติดหนึบตังแตบทแรก จนกระทังกลางๆเรืองทีเนือเรืองคอยๆพีคขึนตามลำดับ เอาจริงๆพระเอกเรืองนีไมคอยซอนเรนความรูสึกเหมือนพระเอกนิยายโรมานซยอนยุคเรืองอืนๆ กวาจะรูตัววารักนางเอกกเกือบจบเลมแลว เราชอบตรงจุดนีมากๆ ทีรูสึกยังไงกยอมรับออกมาตรงๆเสียตังแ
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I don't think I've ever given a Lisa Kleypas book less than three stars. I thoroughly enjoy her writing, even when it is, in my opinion, inferior to some of her other work. Where Dreams Begin is more along the lines of Then Came You and Dreaming of You, so if you liked either of those, you should enjoy this one. All three titles appear to be a bit more dramatic and emotionally involved, with less of the farcical styled comedic elements of some of her other work.

Kleypas really enjoys mixing race
Jun 22, 2009 Arlene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical, adult
This is the first book by Lisa Kleypas that I've read, and I was not thoroughly impressed. Kleypas writes a good story with interesting characters, but I just didn't care for how she developed the storyline around them.

Zachary and Holly were very likable characters, and you find yourself rooting for them from the beginning. But Kleypas makes it difficult when the heroine continues to lament over her first husband who died years before these two people met. I could understand sprinkling some of t
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Lady Holland Taylor has just come out of mourning for her beloved husband George, who died three years ago. Despite the amount of time that has passed she still feels the grieve of his passing and never expects to marry or find love again, instead chosing to focus on her young daughter Rose. However, that all changes when she gets mistakenly kissed by a man in the first ball she has attented in three years. Never expecting to feel the thrill of desire she flees hoping never to see the man again, ...more
Hanah  Tahir
Jun 28, 2009 Hanah Tahir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Zachary Bronson is my man, and it was the first time I hated the heroine because I want him for me! :]

He's humble, kind, gentle, loves children, a prizefighter (I like big guys!), has wild sexual appetites, rich and of course very devoted to Holly.

There are so many cute moments, especially him and Rose - Holly's daughter to her first husband, George. I used to cringe whenever there are children in the stories, because most of the writers can't seem to justify their personalities.
Jul 18, 2015 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-own, sweet-romance
This is my first Lisa Kleypas book and I loved it.
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LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.
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“I'll follow you to the next life if I have to," he whispered harshly in her ear. "You'll never be free of me. I'll chase you through heaven and hell and beyond." He continued to whisper without stopping while his hands gripped her body close to his. "You stay with me, Holly," he muttered savagely. "Don't do this to me. You stay, damn you.” 109 likes
“You wouldn't have taken Rose to such a place, would you?"

"Of course not, but she is a little girl, and I'm-"

"My life", he interrupted quietly. "You're my entire life. If anything ever happens to you, Holly, there is nothing left for me.”
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