Ishbel'S Party
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Ishbel'S Party

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Once she'd dreamed of being his wife

While Bethan was recovering from injuries she'd suffered while nursing in Beirut, her job with Mrs. Ruston in a peaceful Suffolk village seemed just what the doctor had ordered--plenty of fresh air and no stress.

Instead Bethan was strained to the limit. She met Fraser again, and was reminded of the guilt she'd carried with her since his...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published December 1st 1986 by harlequin (first published 1986)
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Jun 10, 2012 EeeJay added it
Recommended to EeeJay by: LLCSpokane
Shelves: hqn, harlequin
Like, HELLO? Doesn't anyone [in the story...] realise that the h needs a SHRINK? I mean, really. I can tell you this lil family's gonna be having mental problems for a couple of generations at least. The feeling of guilt and loss that *I* felt was monumental and I wasn't even the heroine!!! So you can imagine what she'd be feeling at losing her step-father, her step-brother's lies, her love betraying her, her best friend abandoning her AND to top it all off, none of it was her fault....

The book begins with our heroine in a hospital bed. She was flown to England after she was almost fatally injured in a bomb blast in Beirut, where she worked as a nurse as a mission worker. When her boss told her she needed time off, she was given a simple job in England to a nice older lady. Little did she know that she was the Aunt of her first and only love, our delectable hero.

When the heroine and hero meet again, there is much past between them for when the heroine was eighteen she was trie...more
4.5 stars. Goodness gracious -- angst-city!! This one was way, way over-the-top, but delicious with anticipation of the redemption of the very maligned heroine. The heroine really couldn't have been more downtrodden and misunderstood. I would have enjoyed keeping the misunderstanding going a little longer, because I love scenes where an angry hero operating under misconceptions is nonetheless worried about the heroine's physical welfare (and this heroine was very weak and fainty, recovering from...more
Rappaccini's  Daughter
If your idea of romance is the heroine getting kicked in the teeth throughout the entire book, then, by all means, read this thing.
Fiona Marsden
Apr 12, 2012 Fiona Marsden rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like clean but angsty romance
Recommended to Fiona by: Blurb
A story of young love tragically torn apart by the machinations of a jealous step sibling. Beth had loved her best friends brother from the time she first met him at thirteen. Fraser was already a grown man and by the time she was 18 Beth was starting to hope that he would see her as a woman. On the very night it seemed that her dream might come true a combination of circumstances helped along by the selfish and vindictive actions of her stepbrother Mark sent Beth away. Rejected and humiliated b...more
Abby Green
This is one of my all time favourite Harlequin romances. I read it years ago and it's always stayed with me. It's got everything the classics of these books promise: A compelling hero, strong empathic heroine, angst galore and more chemistry than Bogart and Bacall :)
I really liked it. However, the heroine is a bit of a martyr, but in the nicest possible way.
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Stacy Absalom wrote four romance novels from 1983 to 1986. She lives with her husband Derek, on the fringe of a small English village overlooking the rolling Leicestershire countryside. She In her spare time, she enjoys listening to classical music, knitting very complicated patterns, and driving fast cars.
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