Money. It was all Emerson Wyatt MacVey lived for. Ruthless and demanding, the womanizing corporate raider hadn't thought twice about destroying the tiny backwater town of Angel Falls, Minnesota - or about running Carrie Alexander's life.
But suddenly - in the blink of an eye - Emerson received the gift of a second chance at lo...more
He gets sent back down to Earth in a different body (new name--Gabriel Falconi, a dark, handsome hunk compared to his old self, which was thin, shorter, blond, patrician, a yupp ...more
I wasn't too sure about it at the beginning - everything and everyone was too nice, it was almost nauseating - but when Carrie's past was revealed and Gabriel's emotions surfaced with a vengeance, I was sold! I'll go further and confess that I even shed a tear - or two - when he asked for his "second miracle". Call me a masochist, but I love it when an author makes me hurt like that. :)
This was my first book by Anne Stuart and I'm very, very surprised. It was not ...more
This was a sweet, emotional and utterly unique romance. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, the hero was captivating and the story was v ...more
Reread on 12/27/14. A Christmas Romance Classic.
Wow! I'm a little shell-shocked after reading this book. For me, this is a new "Christmas Classic" that I will revisit every year along with "A Christmas Carol" "It's a Wonderful Life" and "The Grinch"!
For me, Christmas should be a time of giving, spending time with family, making amends, and using the season as a time of self-reflection. Reflecting on who you are to ...more
Emerson MacVey was both cold-hearted and determined. And in the next moment everything was taken away from him. But he was g ...more
1. Where did the actual Gabriel come from, and what happened to him when Emerson took over? I mean, he obviously had some sort of life before, as Emerson gained his skills, but what about his memories? His experiences? Did he have any friends?
2. On the whole sending people back to earth thing: Is this routine work for angels? Because sending just Emerson back seems... Kind of silly. But ...more
I also read this book at least twice a year once at Christmas time and once in the summer when I miss Christmas time.
Starts off a syrupy sweet story clearly modeled after A Christmas Carol, with angels and reincarnation. The only thing that could make the beginning worse for me is if time travel or dream sequences had been added. By the end it turns into an Anne Stuart novel, and the resolution to Gabriel's situation was oddly satisfying, but I was pretty disengaged by that point.
And this one did have an Anne Stuart-ish plot, but I never cared much for it or the characters. It was a mix between A Christmas Carol and Ghost.
I think I just had too high of expectations of weirdness.
Her first novel was Barrett's Hill, a gothic romance published by Ballantine in 1974 when Anne had just turned 25. Since then she's written more gothics, regencies, romantic sus ...more