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The Awakening (Montgomery, #8) (Montgomery/Taggert #12)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  2,791 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Amanda Caulden led a sheltered life on her father's California ranch -- until the day Hank Montgomery stormed into town. A hot-blooded union organizer with a taste for ladies and fine champagne, he sensed the fire that smoldered beneath her prim, virtuous beauty...and he vowed to make her his. Hank's assault on her orderly life made Amanda furious -- and all the more entic ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing (first published June 1st 1983)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I loved this book so much. I wore out my copy (although I still have it at home on my keeper shelf). The story of Hank and Amanda will always touch my heart. I loved the setting of the 1920s which is such a great time period, but so woefully underutilized in romances. Hank was such a cool character, one of my favorite Montgomerys, and I love the whole lot, except for Gavin, may he rot in Hades. Amanda is young and sheltered, living the life her parents want for her, but she really comes into her ...more
Lisa B
I haven't read this book in 10 years or more and had forgotten how much fun it is. Super glad I decided to pick it up again.
Luthien
A spin on the tale of Sleeping Beauty. Amanda Caulden is the only child of a rich Californian rancher, but lives isolated from almost everyone, devoting her life to study and to please her exigent and cold tutor, Taylor, whom she hopes to marry. Her world gets turned upside down when, in a move to get the unionists trade on their side, her father decides to invite an economics professor to their ranch. The problems begin when the professor turns out to be hunky Hank Montgomery instead of the bor ...more
Kelly
I am going to write the same thing for the Taggart and Montgomery series of Jude Deveraux. First, I can't believe that I read these books because they are so blatantly bodice rippers (not my style at all). And second, and more importantly, I devoured them all! Here is the scoop: We stopped at a friend's house in Tennessee on the last leg of one of our cross country trips about 11 years ago and I had run out of books. She gave me three of Deveraux's books in the Montgomery series and I kindly too ...more
Christine
I like Jude Deveraux's style and while I have not (yet) read many of her books, the ones I have read are easy to devour. They just keep you reading. There are moments of light humor and characters that are easy to like.

The problem with this one, and the reason I could only give it 3 stars, was that I simply could not believe Amanda's predicament. I could sympathize with it, but try as I might, the explanations about why she had grown up to be such a reserved, emotionless, completely controlled w
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Maria Sanigan
One of the the things that undeniably impressed me the most about a novel -or actually, movies in particular -is how the author -or director - mixes romance and deep passion with the serious, more tragic, but indeed inspiring parts of life and of history. It flicks something in my mind that touches my interest the most. True to life history, true to life scandals, and most of all the rights of every people plus a fictitious romance between two entirely different people is completely a hundred pe ...more
Jen
Amanda has been tutored since she was 14 to be the kind of woman her tutor thinks she should be. She lives by a schedule in which every moment of her life is planned out including what she wears, eats and when she goes to the bathroom. It isn't until Hank Montgomery comes to her family ranch to organize a union for the labor workers that she discovers how much of a prisoner she has become. Learning from Hank and falling in love with him set her free from the oppression of her domineering father ...more
LJ
The Awakening - G
Deveraux, Jude - 3rd in the Montgomery series

Amanda Caulden led a sheltered life on her father's California ranch -- until the day Hank Montgomery stormed into town. A hot-blooded union organizer with a taste for ladies and fine champagne, he sensed the fire that smoldered beneath her prim, virtuous beauty...and he vowed to make her his.

Hank's assault on her orderly life made Amanda furious -- and all the more enticing. Slowly, he drew her into a world of sensuous pleasure: sump
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Kimberly
Author's note is the character Hank is based on a real economics professor who was passionate about worker's rights in Wheatland, CA in 1913. Ranch life, migrant workers, poor conditions, riots and unions is the backdrop for this interesting romance. The awakening is the sexual awakening of Amanda, the sheltered young woman whose father is a horrible ranch owner who controls his family and abuses his workers. The character development was fantastic. Hank helps Amanda wake up and be aware of her ...more
Puzzled.swat
this was my third or fourth book at that time and I more than loved it....I loved the character hank montgomery...till date he is one of my favourite character...just cant get over him!!!
Ali Mandala
I really enjoyed this book. It was intricate and I loved the historical details included. I also really liked the characters and how realistic the back and forths were.
Sonja
Jude Deveraux has always been one of my favorite romance writers...This one was one of her best...

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Tammy
This story was beautifully written. The story had a good flow to it. It kept a nice pace so there were no dull spots that would bore you. It kept me interested through out the whole story.

It was about a young girl who confused love with manipulation. She was being kept from the real world by people she thought loved her until she met a handsome professor who decided to show her what she was missing . Once she started experiencing new things,she was like a new flower in the spring coming to bloo
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Teelah
How can anyone possibly enjoy this book? I found it very bland, boring and uneventful. Sorry.
Anna Lorraine Navarro
This is my all time favorite, I really really love this book.. the story is very refreshing especially if you can relate with Amanda Caulden. I love her wit, prim and proper personality. I even wanted to be like her since I dream to become a polyglot. She's more like a princess in this story actually since how she behaved, her personality.. everything about her at first is like she's living like a princess. If I could pick the best character in all novels I read, it would be Amanda Caulden. Jude ...more
Susan W
ugggh....

ok, this was not a great one for me and I normally love Jude's books. Knowing that this woman had to have every minute of her life planned out, what she wore, what she ate and when she used the toilet was beyond pissing me off, but then comes in the knight in shining armour so to speak Hank and of course, he hates it too and thinks she is just too pampered and spoiled. I just dont believe the love story here. I wasnt really enjoying the read and that they developed anything. Blah. I did
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Lekha
really beautiful romance...
Era
"ZGJIMI I PASIONIT"
StrangeBedfellows
I run hot and cold with this one. On the one hand, the story is rather bland and uninspired. Boy meets girl, girl dislikes boy, boy convinces girl to get over herself, and they live happily ever after. There's more to it, yes, but it's really quite forgettable. On the other hand, the characters in this book are more likable than those found in much of Deveraux's other work. So while this book may be particularly exciting, it's at least not as aggravating as some.
Lisarenee
About a woman who has had her life dictated by her father and fiance. She is given a schedule of what to do with her time right down to how long she can spend in the bathroom. When something goes amiss food is withheld from her. Enter Hank Montgomery who decides things are going to change..... Also a bit of historical significance because Deveraux based some of the characters and events off of a true story. Deals with unions. Really enjoyed this one.
Faedyl
Yo no leí la saga Montgomery en orden. Este es uno de los libros que leí previo al inicio medieval y me gustó mucho, aunque es un clásico y no tiene , a mi juicio, nada demasiado relevante.

El Corsario es para mi, el mejor de todos, y los primeros medievalosos, los que mas me gustan. Aunque para ser honesta, yo no podría dejar la saga incompleta en la lectura. Se puede leer, como toda la saga, aisladamente, y por supuesto, es un lindo pasatiempo.
Jenna
This is the second attempt at reading this book and I finally got through it. It is a romance. It is really slow in the beginning but you have to just keep reading it. Toward the middle of the book it gets really good.

It is set back in 1913 when the unions were first beginning to form. A young woman, who is under lock and key, finds out there is more to the world than her family and her "loving" fiance...
Monica
This is one of my favorite Jude Deveraux books. I've read it 3 or 4 times. I like romances with a lot of tension between the two leads, and the tension is almost painful in this one, and when the tension finally breaks, it's pretty hot -- a little more adventurous than some of Deveraux's other books. The historical aspect is interesting too. Not your usual Regency stuff.
Tatrd
Amanda Caulden & Dr. Henry Raine "Hank" Montgomery
She's the daughter of a rich hops rancher who's tutor turned fiance makes schedules for each minute of every day which includes subjects to discuss during meals. CA governor expects trouble with unions from the migrant workers who pick the hops so he sends Hank to the Caulden ranch to prevent riots.
Heather
For those history buffs, this is the one for you. It takes a real guy who was huge when unions were starting to form and puts him up against a real hops grower who exploited his immigrant workers in the most horrid conditions which brought out a real riot. She changes the names and things like that, but it was so good that I finished it in one day.
Dawn ♥ romance
This book did capture my attention. Amanda, a ranch owners daughter, is tightly controlled by her tutor until Dr Hank Montgomery, a union organizer, comes to town and shakes her beliefs. I may have rolled my eyes at a couple plot turns but the story held my interest throughout.
Gen
I enjoyed how sheltered Amanda was and understood why she felt the way she did- even though sometimes her actions were annoying- Hank probably could have been nicer- im like how things ended for Taylor his story was almost more interesting than the main one
Jen
I'm having a really hard time getting into this book...I can't stand Amanda or Taylor! They annoy me more then any other character has and that is saying something!!!
Alicia
This book irritated me clear through. I am not a female activist or anything but it sure made me mad that she was so clueless to everything.
Ana Blaze
A pleasant read. I especially enjoyed finding a historical romance with a solid dash of reality weighing it down.
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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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