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The War Between the States may be over for the rest of the country, but not for Kit Weston. Disguised as a boy, she's come to New York City to kill Baron Cain, the man who stands between her and Risen Glory, the South Carolina home she loves. But unknown to Kit, the Yankee war hero is more than her bitterest enemy—he's also her guardian. And he'll be a lot harder to kill t ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 4th 2001 by Avon (first published October 1st 1984)
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Mo
Apr 09, 2016 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The War Between the States may be over for the rest of the country, but not for Kit Weston. Disguised as a boy, she's come to New York City to kill Baron Cain, the man who stands between her and Risen Glory, the South Carolina home she loves.

Believing that Kit's a boy, Cain offers the grubby rapscallion a job in his stable. But he has no idea what he's in for, and it's not long before the hero of Missionary Ridge discovers the truth. His scamp of a stable boy is a strong-willed, violet-eyed be
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Didi
Although I haven't had much success with SEP's more recent stuff, or maybe I wasn't in the right mind frame...I really liked this. It had an epic feel to it, made me think of those sweeping romances. I loved seeing Kit transform from tomboy to vixen and finally to a woman comfortable in her own skin.
At first I felt Baron was an ass, but even he grew on me. His past was very depressing and traumatic. He and Kit shared so much yet couldn't seem to agree on anything. But as fate would have it, some
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♥Sharon♥
Dec 30, 2015 ♥Sharon♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had hoped to do a full review on this one but RL is a bit hectic at the moment. So this will be quick.

Just Imagine was another fantastic read. I know I keep repeating myself when it comes to SEP but it bares repeating. I LOVE HER STORIES. They are always comforting and never fail to make me happy.

I enjoyed Katharine (Kit) Louise Weston and Major Baron Nathaniel Cain and the animosity they felt towards each other. With each chapter that animosity started to weaken and something else took its p
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Karen
May 10, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
OMG! LOVED this one! Review to come...
Misfit
3.5 stars

Note: this review is based upon the original 1984 edition. It has since been republished as Just Imagine, and from reading other reviews it sounds like some parts have been revised. I'd have to do a side-by-side comparison to be sure, but life is too short for that. From Bavr's comments on this review it doesn't sound like much has been changed to make it more PC friendly (that's a good thing).

The guy. Major Baron Cain was driven from his home at a very young age by his cold-hearted ste
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Hollie
~2.5 stars~

I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips, but this book...............not so much. Here's my breakdown:

The pros:
* I love a strong and independent heroine - Kit did have this characteristic in the beginning
* For a historical romance it had a modern feel to it


The cons:
* The plot execution was awful - it started strong but crumbled fast
* I despised both the hero and heroine - The hero was repulsive and nothing about his character was endearing nor redeemable - the heroine transformed from a stro
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Shelly
Mar 29, 2016 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little wary of this one, knowing how much I love SEP's contemporaries, and this was her first book ever, and a historical to boot. I thought maybe she stayed away from historicals because she may not have been that good. Although this is the revised edition of the original edition, called Risen Glory, so I don't know how much she changed to make it better. Even still, I could tell this was a SEP novel. It had all the same characteristics of her contemporary romance books, just the settin ...more
Flannery
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ShoSho
Nov 04, 2014 ShoSho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, f, x-2014
I didn't like the H/H much but I enjoyed the book very much . This book reminded me of "Gone with the wind". There were a lot of similarities .
The narrator was great .If I had been reading this ,I probably would have skimmed the second half of the book. She did a great job of mellowing out the hero's asshat tendencies . She made him sound gentle even when he was saying or doing something cruel.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I enjoyed this, even though I don't care for Antebellum setting at all. I think a shovel was in order for the overbearing hero (to hit him over the head with), though.
Bella Carstairs
Dec 30, 2015 Bella Carstairs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SEP es y siempre será una de mis autoras preferidas y favoritas del mundo mundial.
Haber leído el primer libro que publicó en solitario me daba algo de miedo,porque pensaba que iba a ser muy diferente del estilo que me tiene acostumbrada. Y ha sido así. Pero no ha sido malo, sólo diferente.
Imagínate me ha encantadooooooooooooooooooo! es un libro muy distinto, ambientado en una época totalmente diferente a la nuestra, que me ha calado hondo y me ha transportado a otro mundo y me ha deleitado con
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Ning
Apr 11, 2016 Ning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
กสนุกดี แตผิดคาดไปหนอย
คาดหวังงานแซบๆ ฮาๆ จาก SEP
มันไมใชไมสนุก เพียงแตรูสึกสนุกเหมือนอานนิยายทัวไป

ซึงสวนตัว นิยายSEP. ไมใชนิยายทัวไปคะ
เลยรูสึกผิดหวังนิดๆเทานันเอง
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Delos
Sep 15, 2014 Delos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy, muy bonito.
Se nota que es un estilo diferente al que SEP suele utilizar, pero puedo decir que incluso me ha gustado más. Muy descriptivo y situado con gran maestría en un momento histórico muy importante para los EEUU. La importancia de las apariencias sociales que se vivían en esa época están magistralmente representados en la novela con unos de mis personajes favoritos: la "chaperona".
La historia de amor es fantástica y la tensión se vive a pesar de no contener demasiadas escenas erótica
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Svjetlana Tesla
May 28, 2016 Svjetlana Tesla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
opustajuce,intrigantna ljubavna prica o maloj divljoj zeni Juga i zgodnom, bescudnom Sjevernjaku...o njihovoj vreloj pozudi i strasti...
Yelania Nightwalker

Cuando compré este libro no sabía que era histórico. Siempre he visto a SEP como escritora de novelas contemporáneas, así que me llevé una enorme sorpresa cuando ella escribió en el libro, que esta novela se trata de una edición mejorada de una que escribió en 1984 con otro nombre.

Nuestro protagonista, Baron Cain, es un hombre rico, joven y guapo. Un tipo que se ha hecho a sí mismo después de que su madre (la muy bitch) se deshiciera de él a muy temprana edad, ahora es un héroe de guerra (Gue

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Jane Stewart
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Jennifer The Forgetful Fairy Queen
Sep 18, 2010 Jennifer The Forgetful Fairy Queen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was a refreshing change from my usual Historical romances. (Normally set in England) This book was set in the south a few years after the Civil War. It was not the main focus of the book but it did play some roll in the teetering romance between the Southern Belle/Tomboy of Kit and Northern Man Baron Cain. Two sides of the same coin they battle head to head. At night they set the sheets afire. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Kit grow up in this tale. SEP is a mater storyteller, I highly ...more
Roshio
Nov 18, 2011 Roshio rated it really liked it
My first impression of this was that it was an obvious rewrite of Ashes in the Wind, however what I loved was the tension between Baron and Kit. I'm a sucker for love/hate relationships where the tension reaches boiling point. but as always as soon as they get together, I lose interest. A really decent effort by SEP, I didn't realise she wrote historical romance, good stuff!
Jessica A.
May 12, 2016 Jessica A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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O que falar desta preciosidade?! *-*

Esse livro era tudo o que eu precisava! Que coisa gostosa e fantástica, amei, amei, amei e amei!

Como sempre Gaby me salvando nas horas que eu mais preciso :D Obrigada por ter quase 'me obrigado' a ler esse livro kkkkkkkkkkkk :P

Eu não sou uma leitora voraz de romances históricos (é, mereço um murro), mas dos livros que eu já li desse gênero esse aqui é diferente do que eu estou acostumada, ele é mais intenso e mais complexo, fora que a mocinha é porreta! Kkkkk
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Dalila.
What a treat I really enjoyed this book.Kit is an interesting character and I was pleased that she did not lose her independence,
This story flowed from chapter one until the end. I especially found appealing how much both Baron and Kit grew by the end of the book.This was five stars for an excellent tale! It will go on my favorites shelf now.
Dalila.
What a treat I really enjoyed this book.Kit is an interesting character and I was pleased that she did not lose her independence,
This story flowed from chapter one until the end. I especially found appealing how much both Baron and Kit grew by the end of the book.This was five stars for an excellent tale! It will go on my favorites shelf now.
Weng
Mar 18, 2016 Weng rated it liked it
3/5.0 stars

I have mixed feelings about this book because I like the heroine on the get-go. She's so striking a character! But I think I like her separate from the story (her one-track mind, tomboy persona at least). Sadly, I find she's lost her edge after a few chapters. There are some scenarios in the story that made me uncomfortable, while not necessarily obscene, just didn't feel right for me. On a side note, this novel bears a strong resemblance with Whitney, My Love if you're familiar with
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Cyndi
Aug 18, 2016 Cyndi rated it liked it
Not my fav book by SEP. But, still good. I alternated between wanting to smack Kit and Baron 'upside the head' (as we say in the South) and rooting for them.
Jamie
Feb 09, 2015 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, 2015
No matter what decade, century, or year SEP writes about or the year she wrote it, she just has that extra something to add to her novels that other romance writers can't replicate.
This book was written in 1984. It is written about life in South Carolina in the few years following the civil war. It was interesting to see the South's perspective of the "damn Yankees" and how the cotton plantations worked. I obviously need to brush up on my civil war era. I always like the secondary characters in
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Nicol
Aug 28, 2014 Nicol added it
Shelves: unfinished
Okay, I give up.

THIS BOOK ENRAGES ME.


I had this entire long review written but I clicked accidentally away and it didn't save and I don't care about this book enough to write it again so I'll just say:

Kit acts an infantile idiot in the second half of the book, Cain is a *hero* that I'd punch in the face in real life for being an entitled dick and lapses in character obviously aren't a problem when they move the story forward.

I mean, if someone let me simmer in agony that they have a complete con
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Euge_
Mar 09, 2014 Euge_ rated it really liked it
I always enjoy reading this author. She has a great way of telling a story with a great premise and lots of romance.

The tension between Kit and Baron make for an explosive romantic backdrop.
Both uses their past to hold on to their heart and to control it and never give an inch. It was heartwrenching to see them wanting to love and be loved and to start over but time and time again they destroy each other bit by bit. Both denying their feelings toward each other...they keep trying to escape it:
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Tsukushi
I've read Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Kiss An Angel and I loved it so so much that it was one of my favorite books. Sadly, I've only read two of her books, though I loved those very much, I am not at all easily persuaded into opening my adult genre ebooks.

Fortunately, our school library has a copy of Just Imagine and I immediately jumped for it after seeing it in the shelf for everyone to see. As if anyone would prefer an old tattered historical fiction book than the Divergent, Hunger Games, Meg
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Twiggy
I did not like this very much - mainly because the characters never grew on me.
Kit Weston isthe daughter of a wealthy southern planter. He remarries and the wicked step mother has her thrown out of the house o live in near by slave quarters and denies her the education of a lady. She grows up with no manners or decorum and dressing as a boy. Upon her father's death, she learns that her plantation Risen Glory has been inherited by the step mother and the situation continues. When the step mother
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Tarah
Oct 15, 2010 Tarah rated it really liked it
At first I had a hard time really getting into this book, I've read a few books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips but this was the first historical book I had read by her. After she finished introducing the characters and setting you up for the plot line that is when I was pulled in and never looked up. I loved being back in time where women dressed in petticoats and were instructed on how to be a good wife as their soul educational experience.

Even though Kit & Baron stood toe to toe most of the b
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Lupdilup Duffy
Apr 27, 2011 Lupdilup Duffy rated it really liked it
This is book had such low ratings on Amazon (for a SEP's book) that I had very low expectations, but I must be one of her true fans, I found this book very enjoyable, I know.. I Know.. the main couple was a little annoying at times, I know...they tried so hard to show each other how much dislike they felt for one another that in the process they convinced me too.LOL.
I did enjoy the setting, the secondary characters, the sexual tension runs high and the love scenes are steamy with just the right
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