Violet Fire (Bragg Saga, #3)
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Violet Fire (Bragg Saga #3)

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Impassioned suffragette Grace O'Rourke made a startling first impression on golden-boy Rathe Bragg when she crashed a society party wielding a six-shooter and spouting feminist slogans from atop the grand piano. And from that moment the sparks between them never stopped flying.

Soon, the irrepressible Grace had outraged the entire town of Natchez with h...more
Mass Market Paperback, 359 pages
Published May 1989 by Avon (first published 1989)
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Book three of Bragg Saga is about the youngest of the Braggs. Rathe has been a mischief and a bundle of restless energy ever since he was a child. When he meets Grace O’Rourke, a tempestuous, opinionated, independent free-thinker, he was blown away by her courageous stance on a lot of things. Set at a time after the Emancipation Declaration was proclaimed, Grace has been fighting for the rights of the recently freed slaves; for their right to live and their education. She’s also fighting for the...more
Regan Walker
Post Civil War Romance A Good Installment in the Series

This 3rd in the Bragg saga (see list below), takes an interesting turn as Rathe Bragg, the youngest of the three Bragg siblings, travels to the post Civil War south. Rathe is a rogue, a rake who is lucky with women, cards and business. A millionaire at 24, he has pursued any challenge. Now, at 30, he is still on the fast track with no plan to marry for another decade. But then he meets reformer and suffragette Grace O'Rourke, a New Yorker wh...more
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I loved both Grace and Rathe. Storm is a strong and independent woman who's fighting for women's rights. Equality for everyone and her independence are very important to her.
Rathe is a real player, but once he gets to know Grace he can't get her out of his head. He even goes to his mistress with the sole purpose of seeing Grace.

Rathe pushes Grace to do what he wants her to do and his methods aren't always that, euhm, positive. He's even responsible for her loosing her work and lodgings, twice. O...more
This is not my typical type of book as I've never been fond of the romance genre beyond my fascination with Sidney Sheldon in high school. I picked this one up because I love Joyce's Francesca Cahill series which features the Bragg family as supporting characters. Violet Fire tells the story of Rathe and Grace Braggs' (parents of two male leads of the Cahill series) unlikely romance. Not on par with the Cahill series for me but it was interesting to see these characters when they were younger. I...more
Oh my goodness! Another great Bragg story/adventure! You should really read these in order if you can. And that's part of the fun!

I read this book years ago but my favorite part and for me, THE most memorable, was when Rathe went to visit his mom and dad (Derek & Miranda from book 1) after (view spoiler)...more
J'ai adoré le livre !
Il donne une bonne vue d'ensemble de la société du sud des Etats-Unis après la guerre de sécession, comment parfois certaines traditions, coutumes restent encrées alors que les lois, les gens...changent. Quand on pense qu'il faut attendre jusqu'à la fin de la première moitié du 20ème siècle pour voir les vrais changement !
J'ai adoré le héros, il sait ce qu'il veut !
Quand à l'héroine, j'ai vu mieux. Elle m'a un peu agacé.
Le seul bémol est leur retrouvaille à la fin, j'ai tr...more
Having read most of the Francesca Cahill series by Brenda Joyce, I became intrigue with knowing more about the Braggs. I'm reading that series in no particular order.

Violet Fire is the story of suffragette Grace O'Rourke and Rathe Bragg. Unfortunately a good deal of it takes part in the South shortly after the civil war. This is not a historical time I like reading about, nevertheless the interaction and romance between the two is interesting and fun.
Lukman Manggo
It is such a thrilling book, more thrill than 1th and 2nd previous. It was about Rathe who falling in love with modern thinking woman, Grace.

I d love Grace, a modern woman, who struggled to get the woman right among American society. And Rathe, the son of Bratt and Miranda, who try desperately to getting Grace love.
Most like others previous book of Saga series, this one had a simple plot.
Danette Steward
2.5 The heroine annoyed me for most of the book. Too many anxious moments
with the villeins in this novel to really enjoy. Not a comfortable topic of the times due to the prejudice and violence of the era. Fast read....just not a really "feel good" book for me.
Rathe and Grace make for a very implausbile love affair. By page 155 Grace still had not endeared herself as a character that an upper class, handsome man would have put up with for chapter after chapter no matter how beautiful Grace was. A truely frustrating novel.
Felicia Chelgren
Ok, I really like her books for weightless reading. Great romance, historically acurate, great sex scenes. Just fun all around. Read almost every book the woman has written
-"Are you telling me that you love me?"
-"Love you? That word's not strong enough! I love you, I adore you, Grace, I want you."

God ! I loved it ..
The Bragg Saga just kept improving as far as I was concerned; this book was much better than the previous two.
Mercedes Keyes
Not bad, simply because it's part of the series, you just have to!
Barbara M.
A little too much back and forth, but over all it was a great book!
Rathe Bragg and Grace O'Rourke. Pub 1989.
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