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November of the Heart

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  2,442 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
Set at the turn of the century, November of the Heart tells of Lorna Barnett, a young woman from a wealthy Saint Paul family, and Jens Harken, the ambitious dreamer who works in the kitchen of her family’s summer estate. Lorna’s father, Gideon, an avid sailor, is determined to claim victory for his own White Bear Yacht Club in the next summer regatta. Having recently suffe ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Jove (first published 1993)
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Maria Clara
Oct 13, 2016 Maria Clara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Si tuviera que definir este libro con una sola palabra sería DULCE. Realmente tengo que confesar que no me esperaba que fuera a gustarle tanto, como para otorgarle mis últimas seis estrellas de este año. ¡Sencillamente es perfecto! La autora no sólo ha conseguido sorprenderme con una historia original sino que ha retratado a la perfección el modo de vida y las costumbres de esa época, y a cuidado el lenguaje hasta el más pequeño detalle. Es que hasta la voz con que narra la historia es hermosa y ...more
Judie
Jan 31, 2009 Judie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Women
This is just one of those super-romantic impossible love stories. LaVerle Spencer only writes these kinds of stories, and they always have happy endings! This isn't good literature... by anyone's standards... but it is a nice little piece of escapism. Only women would appreciate this kind of stuff... what my husband would dub "porn for women," because the level of romance is ridiculous and may cause women to sigh and wonder why their man doesn't treat them like this! And of course... the sex in ...more
Kristen
2 to 2 1/2 stars

I did not care for this book. The heroine was spineless and unsympathetic. The author tried to redeem her character in the last few pages of the book, but, frankly, by then it was too little too late. I really liked the hero and felt he was charming, honorable, and swoonworthy. I will say, though, I had a hard time believing the hero continued to harbor strong feelings toward the heroine during their two year separation, or that he would have considered taking her back.

I also fe
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Crista
May 19, 2010 Crista rated it really liked it
I loved the movie/book The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks and the movie Titanic. There is just something about class differences and forbidden romance that holds unmistakable appeal for me. This book deals with this controversy and so much more.

Lorna Barnett was the 18 year-old daughter of a wealthy commodore. Jens Harken was the kitchen help. These two people's lives intersect when Lorna's father looses a boating race and will do anything to win the next one. Jens is from Norway and comes from a
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Lisa
Oct 08, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing
What I find most interesting about this is how many people have read the book more than once. I, also, don't read books twice--there are just too many other ones waiting to be read! But this one I did, and found it equally moving and satisfying both times. In fact, it made it to my permanent bookshelf, while 99% of what I read gets recycled. There is just something to this story. The love feels true. I sympathize and empathize with the characters.

I didn't LOooooVe the book--that feels too sappy
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Sue
Jan 21, 2012 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
The only thing I didn't like about the book was that it couldn't decide on the tone it wanted to take. It started out playful and light and then turned darker and more serious. Maybe that was the point. I'm glad I'm a woman in 2012 instead of 1900. I don't want to give anything away and maybe this is a **********spoiler alert******** Jens wants Lorna to make a sacrifice and make a stand. Hello! She had a baby, almost bled to death and was mentally tortured. Poor man...nobody does anything for hi ...more
Beleth
May 28, 2010 Beleth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Una historia preciosa entre dos personas de origen muy distinto. Ambos tratan de luchar por impedirlo pero terminarán cayendo en las complicadas redes del amor.

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Dolors
Mar 21, 2013 Dolors rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-before-2011
A classic romance which reminded me of Nicholas Sparks' novels but without the explicit religious message which is present in most of his stories.
Set at the beginning of the XXth century, the story of two young people, Jens, a kitchen boy who dreams of having his own boat building business, and Lorna, the eldest and pampered daughter of the master of the house, who are divided by their social class, their future perspectives and their youthful innocence. It's an improbable match and they both k
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Diva
Jul 02, 2012 Diva rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book! Spencer is a wonderful story teller. She weaves dialogue and plot in a well-balanced way. She is one of my greatest writing inspirations. Although, I will admit from a literary standpoint, omniscient point of view (head-hopping, too) doesn't work well for her, there are a lot of other more redeeming qualities though. I like her use of showing the reader through what the characters say (dialogue) and not what they do. I'm especially pulled into romances about forbidde ...more
Marleen
Apr 10, 2011 Marleen rated it it was ok
Shelves: lavyrle-spencer
**2,5** - This is a sweet story about young love between an ambitious Norwegian immigrant kitchen-help turned boat-builder and a naive high society girl taking place at the end of 19th century in Minnesota. Because much importance is given to social standing in those times, and difference therein, their love and relationship is far from welcome and the girl’s parents will do everything to keep them apart.
With her usual immense talent, LaVyrle Spencer does a great job to tell a compelling tale. P
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Lisa
Jan 21, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful love story by LaVyrle Spencer who evokes time and place so beautifully in her books. This story begins in a summer colony on a lake in Minnesota in 1895. Lorna, the lovely willful daughter of a wealthy St. Paul couple, decides to champion Jens, a young Norwegian immigrant, who has a brilliant new concept for a boat design that he's convinced will allow Lorna's father to win the cup at the next regatta. Their budding friendship turns to love and their love turns to trouble in th ...more
Pam
Nov 28, 2009 Pam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Another great tearjerker of a romance from LaVyrle Spencer. I really loved this one. Jens made a great hero, Lorna was a likable heroine, and the upstairs/downstairs aspect of their romance made for a good story. I was so impatient for them to be together at the end that I had trouble putting the book down. This book also really brought home for me just how little freedom women had at the end of the 19th century.
Carolina
Jul 07, 2014 Carolina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No me ha gustado el estilo de la autora, no he llegado a conectar con los personajes y, en general, me ha decepcionado bastante. Aunque a decir verdad, la historia por momentos me ha enganchado, y es por esto que le doy dos estrellas. Llevaba una idea preconcebida y eso ha sido lo que ha fallado. Las expectativas tan altas nunca son buenas, nos podemos llevar un chasco.
Pero por encima de todo, no me ha gustado la pluma de la autora. Y aún tengo un libro de ella pendiente...
Nena Clements
Jun 18, 2011 Nena Clements rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heart warming, emotion journey into the late 19th century social circles and their resrtictions. But love holds no bounds and this book takes you through their trials and struggles as only Lavyrl can do it. Loved this book and the place it took me everytime I opened it up.

The characters are so real and genuine you can't help but love them and root for them.
MelissaB
Apr 14, 2009 MelissaB rated it did not like it
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Jennifer Morefield
Sep 28, 2015 Jennifer Morefield rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. It was a great romance from beginning to end.
Megan Warma
Mar 02, 2014 Megan Warma rated it it was amazing
This book never gets old. I love the characters and story!
GEMMA
May 09, 2015 GEMMA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
NOTA: 2,5/5

Nos encontramos en medio de una sociedad victoria. Tenemos también una familia acaudalada que pasa las épocas de buen tiempo en el lago. Una hija rebelde adelantada a su tiempo. Varias regatas a la vista. Y un chico que trabaja en la cocina y construye barcos.
Lorna es la hija mayor de la familia Barnett. Es guapa, independiente, con las ideas claras y un pretendiente muy prometedor dentro de la sociedad del momento. Pero ella tiene otras inquietudes y está lejos de ser la hija perfect
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inmypapasan
Jun 03, 2015 inmypapasan rated it really liked it
Historical romances featuring a poor or servant hero are hard to find amid a sea of books about dashing dukes and wealthy rakes. The ones that do exist often cop out with a storyline about mistaken identities or "the hero is actually an aristocrat in disguise," or else are horribly unrealistic. But this hero is a genuine working class man who starts out as a lowly kitchen boy. I liked that the book depicted the very real class differences and the morality of the time, and that the characters' ac ...more
Jade Lauron
Only rating the Kindle edition. I'd like to point out that while November of the Heart is one of my favorite LaVyrle Spencer novels, and possible the one that turned me permanently on to her books, this Kindle version is entirely computer entered.

And, as with many OCR books that have never been read by human eyes before being published, it's got its fair share of errors. There are some poor word choices, mostly "that" accidentally being replaced by "mat" and if you see a funky capitalized word t
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Mancho283
Nov 21, 2013 Mancho283 rated it really liked it
ในเรือง พระเอกอายุ 25 นางเอก 18 อายุคอนขางตางกันพอสมควร สำหรับเรากยังรูสึกวาเดกกันทังคู(ถาเทียบกับปัจจุบันนีอะนะ ฮาๆ) นางเอกคอนขางออนตอโลก การทีจะรักกันมันไมผิดหรอก แตมันอาจจะผิดตรงทีลักลอบไปมีอะไรกันแลวทองขึนมาเนียละ เมือมีความรักเขามาเกียวของความยับยังชางใจมันกคงเปนเรืองทีทำไดยากอะนะ ถาเปนโลกจริงๆในปัจจุบัน นางเอกจะโชคดีเจอผูชายดีๆแบบพระเอกไหมเนีย ถาเปนปัจจุบันกคงอารมณฟันแลวทิงหรือเปลานะ

เรืองนีเปนนิยายทีนารักอีกเรืองหนึง คือถาใหเทียบกับเรือง Morning Glory แลวละกเลมนีถือวาสนุกในระดับหนึงแตไมเทา
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Nathaly Alvarez Jimenez
Como toda mujer, tengo un lado romántico pero prefiero no demostrarlo en absoluto. Pero mi lado romántico me impulso a leer este libro. Es de esas historias que nunca te cansas de leer. Ambientada en 1895. Lorna Barnett, la hija de una prestigiada familia se enamora de un criado de la cocina, Jens Harken. Este romance es rechazado debido en que en aquella época las clases sociales de los susodichos eran diferentes. Pero a la joven Lorna no le importa eso porque ella ama a Jens.

Lorna es como la
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Jeanne
Jun 29, 2015 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This story tells of the deep chasm between the upper-crust of society and the lowly servants. Lorna Barnett, a young woman of wealth and Jens Harken, an ambitious dreamer who works in her family's kitchen, become more than friends. Lorna's father, Gideon is determined to race to victory for his White Bear Yacht Club in the next summer regatta. He's willing to do almost anything. Jens is sure of his boat-building abilities learned from his father, so he tries to get Gideon to listen to his ideas ...more
Raine Balkera
Sep 14, 2015 Raine Balkera rated it really liked it
I get, now, where readers sometimes complain about too much detail or info within a love story. This is my very first LaVyrle Spencer novel, and while it won't be my last, and it was written back in 1993, it is with great hope that, with time, the amount of information has grown less with her novels.
This story was sweet but with a good deal of tension involved between a 'lady' and the hired help she falls in love with, has a summer romance with, and then ends up in dire straights with as a resul
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Julianne
Mar 15, 2010 Julianne rated it really liked it
It's 1895 and we are on a lake in Northern Minnesota, living with the privileged whose main concern is winning next year's regatta. The privileged know their place, and the help would never dare to mingle inappropriately. So why does Lorna come into the kitchen and start asking questions? This is trouble, for sure!

The book is good, LaVyrle Spencer is a great story-teller, and after much travail, the ending is happy. But beware: In any LaVyrle Spencer book you might have some swearwords, and you
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Danadoodle
Feb 15, 2010 Danadoodle rated it did not like it
a dear friend sent this believing i need to get off reading the heavy stuff, and i love her for it. this book is pure camp. hallmark/lifetime movie schmultz. it is not my taste. i keep wishing for real evil to enter into the picture, like the kitchen maid that kisses like a dog chase after jens and get into a catfight with lorna....if you're gonna go with it, bring in joan collins full throttle! with gibson girl shirtwaists, you've already got the power shoulders and sleeves...!

this is not a spo
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Silvia
Jul 16, 2016 Silvia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me encanta esta autora, ya que consigue conmoverme de una forma u otra en cada una de sus novelas. En mi opinión esta es una historia preciosa, lenta, llena de detalles, con una ambientación de la época y de los roles sociales fantástica y en la que se describen los sentimientos de los protagonistas desde ese primer instante de atracción mientras los lectores sufrimos y vemos su evolución hasta convertirse en un amor que, a pesar de ir en contra de los dictados sociales, se fortalece superando l ...more
Theresa
Nov 23, 2009 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Minnesota, 1895, this is a love story of two young people destined to be together despite the caste system that strived to keep them apart. My favorite quote in this books is: "You said being with him made life suddenly feel more meaningful, and then when he left you it was the November of your heart". I've read this book more than once.
The White
Feb 13, 2009 The White rated it liked it
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers
The story setting here in America (and not in the South) was a nice change from the usual hisroical romance settings. The biggest rpoblem I had with this book was the usual cliched mistakes the characters make. Man with too much pride to listen. Headstrong woman who becomes unnecessarily spineless throughout the book.
Gaynell
Feb 13, 2011 Gaynell rated it really liked it
Shelves: spencer-lavyrle
I really enjoyed this story although it was a little slow in places. All in all, it is a great love story. I can imagine what a scandal it would have been for a girl to be pregnant and unmarried in the late 1800's.
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LaVyrle Spencer is an American best-selling author of contemporary and historical romance novels. She has successfully published a number of books, with several of them made into movies. Twelve of her books have been New York Times bestsellers, and Spencer was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame in 1988.

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