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Elinor Prescott has come home at Oakleigh, the gracious antebellum mansion that was home to generations of her Southern family. But the beautiful old house is a near-ruin and she can't afford to restore it. Elinor hopes to find a buyer who will cherish the home as she does. But she has one rule - she won't sell to handsome, self-made millionaire Cole Whittier.


Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published November 23rd 2011 by Carol Rose (first published July 1998)
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Anne OK
Another disappointing Kindle freebie - hey 2 out of oodles and gobs isn't a bad record! And the cover gets an A+!! Once again, it's the story of the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks returning to his hometown years later a multi-millionaire. No, it's not his old girlfriend he finds waiting but someone he's never met before. Of course, there's secrets and unusual circumstances that bring them together but those aren't even interesting enough to salvage this one. Pretty much a vanilla stor...more
Tia N. (bookindulgence)
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H.K. Savage
I got this book as a free read off Amazon. To start, I have to mention the cover is a bit misleading. I read every genre and have noticed certain trends - this one makes you think erotica but not so. If anything I would put this one up with the old Harlequin romances we all read as teens. Sweet with not much for graphic content. I wouldn't let a kid read it but it's not one I would call the therapist about should it happen to be laying around and the little one picked it up. Well, except for the...more
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a freebie on B & N that caught my eye and I am so glad that I picked it up.

Elenore Prescott grew up away from her grandparents ancestral home in Louisiana because her spendthrift father got kicked out. After the death of both her parents she is left adrift and goes back to the small town of her birth. She is staying in a guest cottage on her grandfathers land and has been back for 2 years. She is an Accountant helping out the local businesses with...more
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Luckily this book was free

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This story sounded interesting and was recommended as a great read, so I gave it a try. I have to say I was a little disappointed. Not that the concept wasn't a good one, I just wish the characters were fleshed out a little more to give some depth to the story. I wanted to like Elinore and Cole, I just felt they developed in a way I couldn't follow. It would have been nice to understand a little more detail about how Cole developed his feelings before coming back to his home town as a millionair...more
4.5 Stars. I really enjoyed this book. I felt the characters were great with a decent amount of backstory to keep me satisfied. This book was one of those romances where I felt it was truly romantic. That's something I typically find lacking in most romances, and I love that it was included here. That romanticism is ultimately what pulled me in and completely charmed me. It reminded me of those old Calgon commercials… this story certainly knows how to take me away, and for that, it has earned it...more
Amy H
i was very conflicted with this book. I wanted to love this book, but i think it clearly needs a lot of work.. I apologize in advance if i hurt anyone feelings.

i read this book because it was a Christmas pick for me challenge.. i am glad i got it off my to read list

I think that a lot of my issues with this book deals with characterization and the lack of character growth. Elinor was just too…angry throughout the entire book. She was mad about this, mad about that…yelling and screaming and flingi...more
Lynelle Clark
A Love story embedded with the typical issues of new love. Trust, fear and the willingness to let go of the past.
Elinor and Cole both hard headed to let go of past offenses as they met. Daniel Prescott the man who brought them together but also kept them apart. Vengeance and bitterness forcing them to change their future, but at the end their future were with each other, setting aside all the heart ache to confront their feelings and accept each other.
A freebie I enjoyed.
Read 36% and I cannot take any more! Ugggg not my cuppa at all. Not wasting any more time on this. It was just sort of boring and there was a lot of jumping around. You know when you are reading and you say to yourself, "huh how did the story get here?". No flow.

I could see promise in the first chapter, but I lost focus quickly after that. The concept of the story is good and might have made a better historical...
It was just ok ... Cute, quick read.

Don't let the cover fool you, this is not a hot read, more of a PG 13 old school Harlequin

Oh and the title makes no sense... Lol

Free on kindle 12/8/12
Diana Hockley
This romance would have been a traditional, pleasant amble through small town politics and social gatherings if it weren't for the eccentricities of the author.

The plot has been revealed in previous reviews, so I will concentrate on the writing. The dialogue flows easily, the characters are well drawn without any real drama. The heroine is likeable and justifiably cranky with the hero when - as is traditional in this genre - his deception is revealed, but of course she calms down when his motive...more
Elinor moves back to her hometown, at the same time that the local "poor boy-turned-millionaire" Cole returns. She had a bad experience with "rich" people and "money", so she is not inclined to trust Cole, even though they are clearly attracted to each other. Cute story, however I liked Cole much more than Elinor!
Few things that struck me as really annoying while reading (I guess without stupid things like these, romance novels wouldn't exist):

- From the reader's point of view - even though he...more
After losing her mother, Elinor goes to the home where her father grew up to try and connect with her only living relative, her grandfather. She's been here two years and still shares no bond with him. Then comes millionaire Cole Whittier wanting to build a plastic plant and make a home where he grew up. She has no trust for anyone who feels they have to do anything to have money and believes Cole is one of those people. The home is where his father worked and belongs to Elinor's grandfather. H...more
Both Cole and El hade to face their the midst of it all they fall for each other. Will they find HAPPINESS in choosing everything they want in life, or is it true LOVE they were looking for!

How can i describe this in few words, "Don't judge the book by it's cover" Really covers do it for me...I would of picked a different cover for this book...but a BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY, great plot and dialog a believable story that pulls you in and you can relate to the characters in one way or ano...more
Aside from the standard trope of exacting revenge on the old rich man who humiliated his deceased father, Cole grows up rich and successful and returns to town to get his revenge. he finds instead the old man's granddaughter, El, who inherits the mansion. He falls in love but now tries to hide his plans which have changed since he fell in love with her. Aside from the obvious train wreck this will turn out to be, I am drawn to the story because of the writing. Eloquent, beautiful prose. I am dra...more
Always - (Cole and Elinor) - Cole saves the mansion and finds love with Elinor.

Elinor Prescott has come home at Oakleigh, the gracious antebellum mansion that was home to generations of her Southern family. But the beautiful old house is a near-ruin and she can't afford to restore it. Elinor hopes to find a buyer who will cherish the home as she does. But she has one rule - she won't sell to handsome, self-made millionaire Cole Whittier.
Cole grew up hating the Prescott family, now that he's a multi millionaire he is out to get back at the patriarch Daniel by buying the Prescott family plantation out from under him.
Elinor is the granddaughter of Daniel Prescott, but she didn't grow up on the family plantation because her grandfather threw her parents out before she was born because her father felt he could spend his father's money and no work for anything. But she was living there the past two years to try to get to know her dyi...more
I thought this was cute story.
Elinor Prescott has returned to her dying grandfather's antebellum mansion in the Southern, the one her father always tried to prove himself worthy of. The beautiful mansion is a near-ruin and she can't afford to restore it. Her grandfather leaves it to her to find a buyer.
Cole Whittier is a famous local who she feels falunts his money too much & she questions his reasons for returning to his old town. True she didn't grow up knowing him, her father left to pr...more
This was a fun easy to read romance. On my Nook this novel had 313 pages.

Elinor Prescott has come home at Oakleigh, the gracious antebellum mansion that was home to generations of her Southern family. But the beautiful old house is a near-ruin and she can't afford to restore it. Elinor hopes to find a buyer who will cherish the home as she does. But she has one rule--she won't sell to handsome, self-made millionaire Cole Whittier.

Cole has the locals upset over his plans to build a fact...more
Angel **Book Junkie**
This one started off much slower than Forgotten Father and it took me a while to get hooked. I read the entire book because I like Ms. Rose's writing style and like the fact that her books are pure genuine love stories. I think the book was predictable but, I did like the story and I loved Elinor. I loved the humor int he book including the milk-maid costumes and the peach ice cream. I loved that Cole was not really a "blank" but, a real man even though he was a millionaire he was sweet kind and...more
Robyn Roze
I think the cover is great, but doesn't really match the story. If you are looking for a Hallmark channel type of romance set in an antebellum location, then Always fits the bill. It's a sweet romance with tame sex scenes. It is a one-eighty from the books I've been reading the last couple of years: no ridiculously young, overbearing, stalker-like, possessive billionaires with a St. Andrew's cross or dominance and self-esteem issues--not to say I haven't enjoyed those boys! ;) There are lots of...more
Anna Hammes
I really like the story, but I do not care for the writing style. The point of view randomly changes from Elinor to Cole, back to Elinor again, just within paragraphs.

My favorite part of the story is when Cole takes Elinor dancing at the plantation. It is described so perfectly. I imagine the scene to be so enchanting, like a Cinderella moment.
I thought that this was a really nice story. It was free on Amazon for the kindle so I got it and I am glad that I did!

The only thing that I think that does not give it justice - is the cover picture. It's not that I think that the picture is an eye-sore - on the contrary! The picture shows a very handsome male in a suit with his shirt open, showing his abs. I just don't think that the picture necessarily goes with the story and I think that either some readers might be put off by it and not rea...more
Always by Carol Rose was a free short story I received from the Kindle. I don't expect much anymore from free books on Kindle, The book was sizzling enough, to be sure, and the characters were interesting to read about, but I didn't feel very...connected, to either one of the main characters. Their story seemed to conveniently fall into place, and the way the story summed up was neat. I understand this is a romance, and the appeal isn't about the storyline necessarily, but I think it could have...more
Elinor Prescott is at independent woman considering the way she was brought up, she has had to make a life for herself and has done so successfully, although she has very little trust in people. When Cole Whittier enters her life she has to question whether she should let her feelings show or keep her cards close to her chest, either way she is risking her heart. I liked Cole and how he was not afraid to tell it how it is and he was very upfront about his feelings for Elinor. Overall a good read...more
This was good, some parts better than others. Now I will agree that Elinor was ridiculous with her preconceived ideas about wealthy men but I've never had her problem to be able to relate. Cole was by far a dream boat, loved his subtle seduction of the stubborn Elinor. She really needed to be slapped upside the head, I mean come on really. Sorry but he he was too good for her. The scene at the water was endearing and the flirtatious banter between them was spot on. He really set out to woo her a...more
Dora Okeyo
A good story-like most romance novels the ending is happy, and you can tell what's bound to happen, but Rose has a twist in that her character Cole, exhibits lots of control-like in reading i could tell there were times he would disappoint Elinor, but he doesn't, he comes off as ruthless and a go getter, then again-he doesn't and you can't make him out and the suspense is good for hime. Elinor comes off as emotional and her ability to make some decisions is wanting-but so far I did finish it.
Wish I could give it a 3.5. Hey it was free and romantic and HOT (it better be with a cover like THAT). The ending was wrapped up too quickly for my liking, I wish she would have put more character into them before they lived happily ever after. Oh was that a spoiler? SURPRISE! It ends up exactly the same as every other cheesy romance novel on earth lol XD. No seriously, read it, it's good, it was just a little shallow, although what else would you expect from a cover like THAT?
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Carol Rose is an award-winning author of contemporary romances. She has written twenty books, including Always and Forgotten Father. Her books have won numerous awards, including a final in the prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award.

Carol is an active member of the North Texas Romance Writers, the Dallas Area Romance Writers and the Yellow Rose chapter. A frequent speaker at wri...more
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