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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  2,371 ratings  ·  36 reviews
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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 15th 1991 by Pocket Books (first published 1983)
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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
Red Austin
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
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.
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

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
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.
Anne Marie
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
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
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
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.
Kimia Safavi
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
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 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
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 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
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
I loved this book but these characters had nine lives !
Oct 13, 2008 Melanie rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Kathleen Spiker
Mar 24, 2008 Kathleen Spiker rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nour El
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 Lahti milne
How can you not like Jude Deveraux books? Perfect love stories... blah blah blah blah.. mindless reading but oh so refreshing. ha!
Not necessarily my favorite book by Jude Deveraux but still fairly good. More action adventure than I was expecting.
Dahlia Mrd
Jude what's happened? It's 2 books "yes" and 1 book "no". This is one of those "no" books. :)
I always love Jude Deveraux's books because they are fast, fun and easy to read romances.
Le falto mas desarrollo para mi gusto no me convencieron los personajes
Elizabeth Seruth
I loved this book. I eagerly kept turning the pages, it was awesome!
Najeeba Al-Sada
Interesting how can the people give and give ,.,
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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.

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