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When Lady Alexandra Calthorpe returns to the Loveland, Colorado, ranch owned by her father, the Duke, she has little idea of how the experience will alter her future. Headstrong and willful, Alex tries to overcome a disastrous marriage in England and be free of the strictures of Victorian society --and become independent of men. That is, until Jesse Makepeace saunters back ...more
Paperback, 1, 270 pages
Published July 18th 2012 by The Wild Rose Press
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Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
2.5 stars

There wasn't anything particularly compelling about the hero or heroine. Time moves forward, and Alex and Jesse hardly show growth. In essence, they are the same people at the conclusion, but in a happier place.



Buddy read with Jill (3stars), Ian (DNF), and Michelle(DNF).
Quinn Barrett
Jan 08, 2014 Quinn Barrett rated it really liked it
Loveland is a charming tale which is part romance, classic western, and a bit historical fiction to boot. The author’s story begins abruptly with the forced return of the novel’s young heroine, Lady Alexandra “Alex” Calthorpe, to her native homeland of England. The scene is reminiscent of a child being removed from a loving family into someplace horrible like the foster care system. It’s not until well into the book that the reader comes to understand the angst of this scene. Young Alex’s behavi ...more
Arletta Dawdy
Sep 08, 2013 Arletta Dawdy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers of women in the west
Recommended to Arletta by: author
Andrea Downing`s powerful depiction of life in the 1880's setting of a Loveland, Colorado ranch is rich in detail, romance, and colorful, fully developed, characters. With primogeniture sending English younger sons of the aristocracy to the American west, sometimes futile efforts were made to duplicate their Victorian way of life. Houses and their furnishings were replicated, Worth gowns ordered from Paris, elaborate dinner parties and balls held, and the customs of "polite society" preserved. E ...more
Renee Remi
Dec 08, 2013 Renee Remi rated it really liked it

I was generously given this book, Loveland by Andrea Downing, via Read It & Reap on Goodreads, in exchange for an honest review.

The story between Lady A & Jesse started off with a bang, no pun intended...I enjoyed the chemistry between the two main characters, as sinfully delicious as the best Harlequin romance novels out there. They are a truly HOT couple.

Pages full of passion, love, lust, happiness, raging arguments & heated discussions. Not your typical boy meets girl, boy gets g
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Laura Lucas
Nov 27, 2013 Laura Lucas rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 stars. I couldn't haves loved this book more. A wonderful love story that could be both humorous and sad, but very compelling.

This is a love story about a young daughter of a duke, Lady Alexandra Calthorpe, and a handsome Jesse Makepeace who is but a cowpuncher on her uncle's ranch in America. As a young girl Alex had a crush on the rugged Jesse. Now returning after 5 years and one horrible 4 day marriage, Alex realized she is truly and deeply in love.

When Alex returns, Jesse is stunn
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Stephanie
Apr 04, 2016 Stephanie rated it liked it
A charming story that shows what life was like in 1880 for the upper crust of English society as well as for the regular ranch hand in America.
Alex has had a horrible life, the least of which was a hateful father. But when she is with her uncle on his ranch she finally finds happiness. And it is definitely not because of her spineless uncle being around. Alex was taught everything she knew by the ranch hands, especially by Jesse.
Jesse always had a soft spot in his heart for Alex but that spot gr
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InD'tale Magazine
4.5/5.0

“Loveland” is a fantastical frontier epic!

Full review in April 2013 issue of InD'tale Magazine.
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Nov 14, 2012 CoffeeTimeRomance andMore rated it really liked it
Lady Alexandra Calthorpe is the daughter of a Duke who decides to send her to England to marry. If she refuses this arranged marriage, she will be disinherited. She would rather stay in Colorado.

Jesse Makepeace is a cowpuncher who often handles the cattle better than he can Alex. Yet he cares for the young girl who has grown into a beautiful woman. He hates the thought of her leaving.

When Alex learns she has to return to England, to marry a man she does not love, she is none too thrilled. Yet,
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Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Lady Alexandra (Alex) Calthorpe has returned from England after disasterous marriage which is annulled to Loveland, Colorado. Lady Alex has fond memories of Double F Ranch because of Annie and Tom Yost, Jesse Makepeace, and Cal. Jesse Makepeace can't believe Lady Alex is back and what beautiful she's become. Lady Alex experiences new feelings when it comes to regarding Jesse that are completely unfamiliar to her. Lady Alex paints what she sees around her snf fighting for her independence from he ...more
Karen Fitzjerrell
Sep 10, 2012 Karen Fitzjerrell rated it it was amazing
Who could possibly be better qualified to write a story about a beautiful head strong young woman of English aristocracy and a clean cut, spur-jingling American cowboy than Andrea Downing. Downing was born in New York but lived most of her life in England. She finds it hard to explain her years-long obsession with the American West and, indeed, has spent her share of hours on horseback researching the subject.

Whatever the reason for Downing’s obsession, it has paid off well for western romantic
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Jackie
Oct 27, 2013 Jackie rated it really liked it
We first meet Lady Alexander Calthorpe as she is being dragged out of the ranch she loves and forced to go back to England to her father. She has lived on the ranch for 4 years and loves the life, the people and the surroundings. So, it’s no surprise when she returns five years later a full-grown woman. She is ready to be independent. All she wants to do is paint and ride on the ranch. She gets her wish but she also gets more. When Alex realizes Jesse Makepeace is still on the ranch and as hands ...more
Eunice Boeve
Jul 30, 2012 Eunice Boeve rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Alexandra, a young woman raised in England in a world of dukes and ladies who as a child was given a taste of life in the Colorado west and yearns to return. When she does return as an adult, she finds herself again drawn to Jesse, a ranch hand she adored as a child, a man who has been on his own since he was fourteen. The setting is a ranch in Colorado owned in absentee by Alexandra's father. When human deception and the harsh forces of nature threatened the ranch's existen ...more
Romancing the Book
Apr 13, 2013 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
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Reviewed by: Babs
Book provided by: Publisher
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Lady Alex comes back after being gone for ten years. She is trying to recover from a bad marriage and gain her independence back. She is happy to see most of the old gang still at the job on the ranch. Jessie wants to do what she loves best paint and be an artist. Jesse has realized he is falling for the little girl that is all grown up. He feels he is not good enough for Alex. She comes form a high society
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The TBR Pile *Book review site*
Andrea Downing does a very good job of depicting the hard life on a ranch in the late 1800s as well as the struggles of a high-society woman to gain independence. I like the authors descriptive style and the pace throughout the book is very high, with one dramatic event after the other unfolding.

You can read more here: http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/1/post/2...
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Ladene Morton
Jul 21, 2013 Ladene Morton rated it liked it
My first impression of Andrea Downing's premiere novel, Loveland, was that it was a classic western tale with all the goodies one expects from the genre - a willful and beautiful heroine, a quiet but strong hero, family intrigues set against a broad western landscape, and a cast of stock characters worthy of a John Ford movie. But in a relatively small number of pages, Ms. Downing packs more drama, romance and heartache than most books twice the size. If I had a complaint, it would be that this ...more
Chele
Oct 26, 2015 Chele rated it it was amazing
A good western that has a hell of a romance. Despite the horrors in her past , Alexandra, keeps going. Jesse is the man that loves her.Join her and the people in her life as she struggles to find her freedom and her sense of self and still try to have a happily ever after .
Good characters.
I recommend this story to all.
Lynda Coker
Mar 22, 2013 Lynda Coker rated it it was amazing
~ "Think of all the lies you might be telling...instead, of course, of the ones you're tellin' now." ~

This excerpt from page 112 sets the tone of this novel for me. It's fun, feisty, and completely enjoyable. It's also serious, emotional, and historically fascinating. Author Andrea Downing spins a romantic tale of separation and reunion, of cultural differences and emotional discovery. Her characters play their parts so well, it's easy to slip into their world and believe in their reality. Gre
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Sharon
Dec 05, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: dec-2013
I received this book in exchange for a review.

I really enjoyed this book. Alex has finally got her wish to return to Colorado. She can't wait to see all her friends. It's the late 1800s and she's returning to her uncle's ranch. Jesse is shocked to see her. He had no idea she was returning. Can a lady of the English aristocracy and a puncher make a relationship work? Alex has a lot of unanswered questions about the death of her mother and who is really her father.

After her uncle's death Alex has
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Olivia Fox
Nov 24, 2013 Olivia Fox rated it really liked it
This book starts with a bang, it had me hooked from the first pages. Then it calmed down some but with Alex nothing is ever dull. She's a modern woman, independent and wanting to be self-sufficient. I really felt for her about her past, thought she didn't linger on that.
I liked Jesse but there wasn't enough said about him so I couldn't fall in love with him.
All in all, I found the story interesting, I never doubted how it would end but damn if at the end I wasn't anxious.
Randi Edwards
Feb 17, 2013 Randi Edwards rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Jesse and Alex have a wonderful story and Ms Downing told it perfectly. I didn't want this book to end.
Babs
Dec 03, 2012 Babs rated it really liked it
You can see my review over at Romancing the book.
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Andrea Downing has spent most of her life in the UK where she received an M.A. from the University of Keele in Staffordshire. She married and raised a beautiful daughter, and stayed on to teach and write, living in the Derbyshire Peak District, the English Lake District and the Chiltern Hills before finally moving into London. During this time, family vacations were often on guest ranches in the A ...more
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