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Sweetbriar

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  2,796 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux’s timeless historical romance set in the Kentucky wilderness featuring a woman who’s life was changed forever in a few terrifying moments.

When her wagon train is ambushed by renegade Shawnees, beautiful young Linnet Tyler is the sole adult survivor. Taken prisoner, alone in a harsh land, she faces an uncertain, terrifying fut
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 15th 1991 by Pocket Books (first published 1983)
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Nan
Mar 11, 2009 Nan rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-again, romance
Why do I even bother with older Deveraux titles? She's always a hit or miss writer for me, and while I did finish this one, it was definitely a miss. It was originally published in '83, when racist romances were more common, but I have a hard time reading this book and thinking that no one would see the racism today.

Linnet is in the Kentucky frontier when her family is attacked by "renegade," "tribeless" Indians. The Indians kidnap the children (including Linnet because she's small and they thin
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Michele
Jun 04, 2012 Michele rated it really liked it
Shelves: fluff
I love Jude Deveraux. Yes, her books can be predictable. But, isn't that why you read a particular author, because you know their style and you know you are going to enjoy the book? Yes, the girl is going to get the boy in the end. However, you NEVER know how they are going to get from point A to point B. No two books are alike and I found this book to be a fun, enjoyable read...It's June and I had to build a fire in my woodstove because it was dismally rainy, cold and windy. This book was perfe ...more
Maria Sanigan
Aug 18, 2013 Maria Sanigan rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, I have this deep desperation and passion of going back to the past and feel the beauty of the life that was experienced back then. Then again, I realized how hard it is to live in a place full of people locked in their greed and selfishness. Other people back then are lovely. They are genuine, polite, and always, they give love more than they should -whether it is the love for the nature they're living in or the love they have for their families. This fact made me want to experience t ...more
Cheryl
Apr 26, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Some of my ancestors lived in Kentucky and one was with Daniel Boone in his explorations, even married his sister so I thought this book was interesting particularly in the relationships with the Indians.
Karla
Continuing on to Chapter 3 of Sweetbriar < staring at & naming constellations learned in 6th grade science while basking in 103 hot tub as 1 stiff G&T courses through my veins :P

The auspices have been read. DNF.
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Nicki
Nov 01, 2016 Nicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maryam
Sep 19, 2016 Maryam rated it liked it
I love Jude Deveraux books usually. But somehow i didnt really like this.
I mean yeh it was funny and all that and the story was good. But i just got simply annoyed when Linnet and Devon kept on encountering one problem after another.
The story starts with Linnet and her family having to leave their mansion back in London due to her father losing his diamond mines. They join a band of wagons get raided by Indians while they were travelling.
The Indians take the children and sell them to families wh
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Kathy
Jul 01, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweerbrier

I just want to say that...not all reviews are right. by this I mean that everyone has their own tastes in what they expect an author to always write. As to how the stories should be
Me, I read what others say to see what they had interpreted the story to be and then I read. And I always end up disagreeing with those "bad" reviews.
In SWEETBRIER I cried, I laughed, and I also was angry at both of the main characters, Linnet and Mac/Devon. Yes he was an idiot about how he treated Linnet
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Angieleigh
Mar 21, 2012 Angieleigh rated it really liked it
Linnet's family is killed before her when Indians raid the campground where they were resting before trekking further along with several other adults. She's kidnapped along with six other children and taken back to the area where the other Indians are waiting. The males are angered when they realize that Linnet is not, in fact, a child, but a young woman. Before she can be raped, a half-Shawnee, half-American man by the name of Mac {Devon to Linnet} rescues her in a duel with another Indian. He ...more
Alexis Apodaca
Mar 24, 2013 Alexis Apodaca rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, this is not my favorite of this authors. I'll start with the good.

The overall storyline was good and had lots of opportunity for interesting plots and character development. Yeah, I guess that's all I have for good.


The bad.... The writing felt choppy, and the characters were only partially likeable. The story went on and on, moving from one scene to another felt forced. The dialogue was strained between all of the characters. Considering how long the book is, everything moved too
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Annette
Aug 05, 2009 Annette rated it did not like it
I didn't give this book one star because it's a bad book, it was just too simple for me. It was too predictable. I enjoyed it and a lot does happen in the book, but I still felt bored by it. I hate it when couples don't talk. If they really talked about how they felt and the truth was out...like when Cord took her to the cave that night and then Devon and Linnet don't discuss what really went on....would have made things a whole lot easier if Linnet would have made him listen to what had went on ...more
Sarai
Feb 23, 2010 Sarai rated it really liked it
In a few terrifying moments, her life was changed forever. Linnet plunged into the Kentucky wilderness, leaving behind the remnants of her life in London. But a savage Indian attack on the wagon train wiped out her fellow travelers, and left her alone in a harsh land...at the mercy of a fierce Shawnee tribe. When a handsome young brave claimed her, in perfect English, as his own, Linnet knew she was safe. Until the jealousy of his powerful chief forced them to flee on a hazardous journey, fraugh ...more
Kate
Feb 15, 2016 Kate rated it liked it
When her wagon train is ambushed by renegade Shawnees, beautiful young Linnet Tyler is the sole adult survivor. Taken prisoner, alone in a harsh land, she faces an uncertain, terrifying future with a steely courage that belies her fragile beauty.

Thanks to his Shawnee grandmother, Devon Macalister is as much at ease roaming the forest trails with his Indian cousins as he is in the little settlement of Sweetbriar where he makes his home, and he is determined to rescue this lovely captive. But the
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Melissa
I LOVED this book right from the start. Linnet was a truly lovely character and it was great seeing her overcome hardships to find true love. The whole town of Sweetbriar was filled with great people with lots of dynamic. Linnet and Devon "Mac" had a on-again off-again relationship during the many events that transpire throughout the story. There are also a lot of really great side characters that are nice and funny and side characters that make really good villains. Overall this was a really gr ...more
Anne Marie
Feb 11, 2014 Anne Marie rated it liked it
I didn't know whether or not to give this book two or three stars. On the one hand, it was a quick read and it kept me mesmerized. On the other hand, it was predictable, bothersome, simplistic, and the couple really got on my nerves! They had no communication, meaning you can't read each other's mind if you don't say what's going on! Plus their so called love story didn't even seem like a love story when Devon's 'first love' was mentioned several times and the constant bickering and fighting. I ...more
Katy
Mar 29, 2014 Katy rated it liked it
I like most of Deveraux's stories. This was one of her earlier stories, set in 1700s Kentucky, when there were no permanent settlers yet the whites eventually overcame the Shawnee threat. Linnea saw her family and other settlers massacred by a band of renegades, she surviving because she was playing with the child and looking like one herself. Later she is saved by another Shawnee, who just happened to have a white father. And thus begins the story of Sweetbriar.

I liked the story, but I wonder h
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Melanie
Oct 13, 2008 Melanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
The story takes place in colonial times (1784) in Kentucky. The book begins with Linnet Blanche Tyler and her parents who left England for the American countryside. They are raided by Indians who steal the children and kill the parents. Unknown to them Linnet is not a child but a grown woman, when the Indians realize the mistake they made they are mad and begin to torture Linnet. She is soon rescued by Devon "Mac" Macalister and in return all he wants from her is to learn to read, which I don
Jen
Nov 05, 2016 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-chic-lit
Linnet's family is killed by Indians while they are trying to make their way out west. She is taken prisoner because the Indians think she's a child due to her small size. Once they reach the Indian's camp, Devon MacAllister comes to her rescue. Part Indian, he challenges for Linnet and takes her home to Sweetbriar. As Linnet makes her way in Sweetbriar, she comes to love the town, it's people and especially Mac. But, Mac is determined not to fall in love with her.
Kathleen Spiker
Mar 24, 2008 Kathleen Spiker rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Kathleen by: Christina Blue
Shelves: own
It was a very good book. It gave yo the biggest insight to most of the jokes in the book, "River Lady". This book is the story of the store owner and his wife. I would recommend this book to everyone. I found this book to be vry entertaining, and helpful to understanding another book that is commected to the book.
Pamela(AllHoney)
Linnet is kidnapped, along with some children, by Indians who killed their parents. They discover she's not the child they thought and have bad plans for her when she is rescued.

A reread for me. I remember liking this better years ago when I first read it. I still liked it to a degree but not as much.
Kimia Safavi
Apr 14, 2014 Kimia Safavi rated it liked it
This is the second book I read by Mrs. Jude Deveraux and I loved the first one I read "The Princess". This book was a page turner but still lack romance between the Hero and heroine and too much accidents, fights and mean enemies for my taste. I love how strong and brave the heroine was during all those danger and the Hero was okay too. Thank you Mrs. Jude Deveraux
Christina Strause-stalkfleet
Aug 18, 2015 Christina Strause-stalkfleet rated it it was amazing
While traveling with a wagon train. Linnett Tyler now faces fear when the wagon train is ambushed by Shawnee Indians leaving her the lone adult survivor. Devon Macalister lives in Sweetbriar but also roams with his Shawnee cousins. When Devon comes upon Linnett he makes a decision to rescue her from the Shawnee that puts them on a hazardous journey for her freedom.
Jacqueline Winters
Jul 16, 2013 Jacqueline Winters rated it it was amazing
Jude Deveraux is by far my favorite romance novelist, and this novel is no exception to her amazing talent. I thoroughly enjoyed her characters and the setting-Kentucky in the late 1700s. It's a quick read and a fun story with a bit of action.
Donna Halloran
Apr 09, 2016 Donna Halloran rated it did not like it
Not my favorite, the writing was very simple, the story seemed to be like a soap opera with one tragedy after another. I also never like things set in the old west/indian territories...
Ray
Jan 07, 2013 Ray rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
This was a very predictable book. However that makes it a very quick read for a day at the beach or poolside without having to worry to much about not keeping up.
Brandy ONeal
Apr 27, 2015 Brandy ONeal rated it it was ok
I love the Author, just didn't love this one particular book. It was okay. To plain. To predictable.
Nour El
Nov 20, 2012 Nour El rated it really liked it
honestly, i really liked this book. for mysterious reasons i loved the ending, i found it very funny and quite amusing, for me it was a page turner.
Linda
Aug 30, 2010 Linda rated it liked it
Not necessarily my favorite book by Jude Deveraux but still fairly good. More action adventure than I was expecting.
Libbi
Mar 22, 2015 Libbi rated it liked it
Thank goodness for a book that reminded me why I read Jude Deveraux. Quick, fun read, even if the dialogue was odd in places.
Joan Miers Snyder
Jan 20, 2016 Joan Miers Snyder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good

Very good reading, keeps you wanting to know what happens next. I enjoy reading Jude Deberaux's books. I have read many and found that they are worth reading.
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Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

She began writing in 1976, and published her first bo
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