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Sunset Embrace (Coleman Family Saga #1)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  1,802 ratings  ·  76 reviews
A mysterious woman, a proud widower, both were running from the past. They are pulled into a maelstrom of danger.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1985)
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I first read Sunset Embrace by Sandra Brown in 2009 and this romance lodged itself permanently in my heart and my favorites shelf for eons to come. Lately my hankering for a fix of romance that features a dangerous hero whose undeniable passion towards a woman that seems to be the least likely match for him literally brings him down to his knees had me re-reading this oldie but goodie and finished it off loving it as much as I did it back in 2009.

20 year old Lydia Bryant is found on the verge of
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. It arrived with a signed copy of Long Time Coming.

I have mixed feelings about this book. This is my first time reading Sandra Brown and I didn’t know what to expect. This is also one of her earlier books. I enjoyed the story, but I absolutely despised the characters.

Sunset Embrace takes place on a wagon train ride out west. Our heroine Lydia is discovered nearly dead after giving birth to a stillborn son in a pile of leaves by two members of
Duchess Nicole
DNF-ing at about 65%.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS!!!! Don't read on unless you want the details.

I read this book in the past and remember liking it, although I do recall that the hero was a standout jerk at first. Upon this reread, I confirmed my earlier thoughts but honestly, he went way beyond jerk territory into complete asshole.

The premise is already an uncomfortable one at the beginning. In the opening scene, Lydia is giving birth to a stillborn baby conceived through rape via her stepbrother. She's
A typical bodice-ripper of the 80s. The male lead(Ross) is a alpha-hole and the female lead (Lydia) is your typical tragic Mary-Sue. So plot summary first: Lydia is pregnant, on the run from somebody. At the opening of the book, we find her giving birth to a still-born baby (which she wants to die because she was raped). She is found by two boys a traveling train and nursed by their mother. Ross, then has his wife going into labour and dies as she gives birth to a baby boy. Lydia is then tasked ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
This is one of Sandra Brown's earlier books way back when she was writing historical romances instead of mysteries. I read this book years ago after reading rave upon rave about how fantastic, how romantic, how wonderful, how classic a romance, etc. I found it disturbing, horrific and migraine inducing. The hero is this sullen, angry, vindictive brute of a man who infuriated me page after page. Ten years later I *still* remember what a cretin I thought him and that's saying a lot since some days ...more
Fabulous book! Lots of hardships for the H&h and definitely had some choke up/ teary moments for me. The book is about a wagon trail heading to Texas and is set back in early America after the Civil War has ended. The hero, Ross and the heroine, Lydia, are in parallel situations. An almost dead Lydia is found by some young boys laying in the woods after she had just given birth to a baby boy (which I think was strangled by its umbilical cord). She wants to die because of the cruel life she i ...more
Jun 29, 2012 Leea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leea by: Kay
Shelves: series, western
4.5 stars... What a pleasant surprise Sunset Embrace was. I wasn't expecting this book to evoke such deep emotions in me from the beginning.

We meet Lydia in the woods writhing in pain as she is birthing a child that she doesn't want and was made with violence and hate. She is taken in by a beautiful family that takes wonderful care of her and she also finds herself needed by Ross who just lost his wife during childbirth. Lydia has milk to feel baby Lee and this is where the story takes off.

After all the 5 star reviews, I'm wondering what in the world is going on? Did I miss something? Am I this "different" from the rest of the world? I feel like I've entered the twilight zone!

I won't rehash the plot, but here is why I feel so bothered and disturbed by this book. Ross Coleman, the "hero" of this book is not a nice man. It is important to me, as a romance novel lover, to "like" the hero. I don't need to love him or even want him for my worst enemy but I need to at least have some c
Anne OK
I'm going to do another read and see what I found so unappealing the first go-round. It has been years sine I read this one and maybe I was in a bad mood, interruptions could have played a part in it, whatever, I just want to give it another chance because I liked the other book of the "Coleman" duo. (Christy Reece, whose opinion I highly respect, loves this one!)
Another book I just finished today that was a very fine read in Gulu, Uganda. had to take a break from my financial non-fiction books for a bit of romance. This is a hotty with some real description of some loving! Now I need a cold shower...which is all that I get here in Africa anyway!
Nichole ~Bookaholic~
This audiobook was provided by the Author/Publisher through Audiobook Jukebox for an honest review

I will start the review by admitting that I did not really check more then the blurb “Lydia and Ross have both been hurt in the past. However, they find themselves thrown together, fighting the same enemy and unable to stop the events that will eventually pit one man's vengeance against the strength of a woman's love.” So was not expecting a historical western, not really one of my favorite genres…
Wow, what an adventure! Sporting the best narration I have listened to so far this year, this memorable wagon trail story, will no doubt be one of my top historical romance listens of the year! Ellen Archer has won a spot on my top narrators list! I just wish she would take on more romance assignments (as it appears that only approximately 10, of the over 80 titles I found, are romances).

This was also my first experience with Sandra Brown, and I am now eagerly looking forward to experiencing mo
SUNSET EMBRACE by Sandra Brown and narrated by Ellen Archer is a great combination. Old school historical Western romance with a narrator that made me love the characters even more! I thought I had read almost every Sandra Brown book, but I missed this one. Her books are typically narrated by a male, but Ms. Archer does a fantastic job. I am now searching for more of her work including the sequel ANOTHER DAWN.

Book was released in the 80's, but it holds up to the story telling I expect from this
Lydia,an very beautiful girl runs away from her vile, abusive stepbrother and gives birth to his baby in the forest. She just wants to die, so when her baby is still born, she doesn't much care and just lays down to die. She is found and rescued by the Langston family who nurse her back to health in their wagon which is part of a train heading for Texas. Ross Coleman, is forced to watch his wife die in childbirth. the baby is starving to death with no mothers milk. Ma Langston suggests that Lydi ...more
3.5 stars.... Why is it so hard to find a book in this genre (one of my favorites) where the hero can find it within himself not to rape the heroine???

I purchased this book because it sounded similar to my favorite historical romance book (in fact, one of my all time favorite books ever) - "Ride the Fire". This book turned out to be very similar minus the great (and likable) characters, the super sweet guy, and a heroine who could actually stand up for herself. If you are thinking of reading th
Teksasas pārceļotāju vidū neatrast skaistāku un noslēpumaināku sievieti par rudmataino Lidiju. Te nav arī lepnāka un skarbāka vīra par Rosu Kolmenu. Viņi abi bēg no savas pagātnes un nonāk... viens otra apskāvienos.
Jau pusaudžu gados izcietusi daudz pārestību un zaudējusi ticību cilvēkiem, Lidija bija nozvērējusies, ka neviens vīrietis vairs nekad neizmantos viņas uzticību un nepakļaus savai gribai. Ross bija apņēmies neielaist nevienu sievieti savā sirdī, jo tā uz mūžīgiem laikiem pieder viņa s
Domino (aka Meme)
this novel i have to say was my favorite besides Breakfast in Bed. i loved the plot and the characters. the turmoil and tension between the main characters was fabulous! and the side characters were developed well too. i read this book in one day. could not put it down. great read for all romance readers!!!
I enjoyed this book. I do agree he was so not a nice hero. His desire to be an upstanding citizen was what he yearned for. He had a hard upbringing and it led him to make some choices that were not the best. That could of been why his reactions and responces to Lydia were so hard because he was not shown the love from a kind and caring mother. I loved Lydia's character, she showed patience, selflessness and enduring love. I wish there was a second book on just them and there new found life toget ...more
Cat The Debaucherous
I don't like giving one star to an author with skill. The author has skill but the story was not for me. I stopped at 30% of this book. The hero seemed to really detest heroine more than any book I can remember and for stupid reasons. Ugh I really disliked this book.
This is another classic romance from Sandra Brown. It has a bit of historical fiction to it, during the Oregon Trail. A good read.
Ok I know most of you loved Ross, but he was an idiot and a big jerk and not a hero in my opinion. He was not even close to being worthy of Lydia the heroine in this story. I think I kept reading this story only because I was hoping she would get a happy ending for herself. She deserved it but did she get it? The author tried to lead us there. I thought she would probably be better off with another man that could respect her. Ross craved the sex with her but did he really respect her and love he ...more
Not even being a big fan of Sandra Brown's could make me want to finish this book. I got halfway through and finally gave up on it. The main character was a major douchebag. Now, I know that a lot of the time, the "hero" is an alpha male who comes across as a jerk at first, but then redeems himself about halfway through the book. In Sunset Embrace, that never happened. Beware, I'm going to spoil the book for you!

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"Rasanya ingin mati saja" itulah yg ada di pikiran Lidya ketika setengah mati melahirkan seorang diri di tengah hutan Tennese. Ditemukan tidak sadar oleh keluarga Langston yg saat itu bersama rombongan lain tengah berimigrasi menuju Texas menggunakan wagon (sejenis kereta barang), Lidya kemudian dirawat oleh Ma (Mrs. Langston)..bayinya, hasil kebrutalan kakak tirinya yg kejam, mati dalam proses tersbut. Dilain pihak, isti Mr. Coleman meninggal akibat melahirkan prematur putranya. Lee yg terus me ...more
I might have given this book a fourth star but I got a little impatient with all of the miscommunication between the hero and the heroine and the stubborn refusal of each to be completely honest with each other. Still I liked this story. It is my first romance set in the west. Written in 1985, it takes place on a wagon train which took Lydia in after she was found in the woods near death from birthing a still born child. At the same time she begins to recover, a woman on the train dies in childb ...more
This book made me soo glad that the Women's Movement happened before i was born and that i was raised expecting respect from all people.
The hero is the biggest Jackass that you will ever encounter and takes great pleasure in emotionally abusing the people around him.
A few pages after we met him, I was strongly hoping that he would either die or that Lydia would end up with Winston.
Most of the time, i wanted to reach into the book and smack him. The other part of the time, i consoled myself wi
Melissa E.
This book was so not what I was expecting. I was in the mood for a good historical, to be transported to another time and place - which is what a good historical does. I also must admit a guilty love for the sequal to this book, Another Dawn. But, wow, Sunset Embrace doesn't even come close.

At first, it was just typical so-awful-that-it's-awesome romance hilarity. Some of the euphemisms that Brown rocks out for sex organs are truly hilarious, and I will never understand why they can't just call
Novels with characters of shady pasts or presents can be the best novels. This was my first read of Sandra Brown's and I was pleasantly surprised. Both the hero and heroine are tortured souls with grim and brutal pasts who fight their way to shed it behind them. I loved the main plot very much and some of the characters like Ma Langston, Mr. Hill and Luke.

The plot involves more than one tragedy and little cause for celebration, as the hero and heroine have a very difficult time accepting and fo
☠Silent Seduction☠
Лидия вышла чересчур наивной, хотя это вполне объяснимо: она настоящей жизни-то и не видела, только бедность, унижение, жестокость и насилие. Если честно, совершенно не представляю как бы Росс жил в Техасе со своей первой женой, Викторией, она совсем неприспособленна к такой жизни, иногда даже создается впечатление, что ее желание выйти замуж за Росса это была всего лишь прихоть богатой девочки.
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3.5 stars
A friend gave me a Sandra Brown short story to read and I really enjoyed it and went looking for another of her books, came across this one. It was an engaging story, but quite disturbing. I don't like stories with rape in them and this one has that theme running through it. It's also a frontier story. The heroine has had a terrible life thus far and the hero is hiding from his past. They are an unlikely couple. Without giving away any details, what I liked about the book: How the heroi
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