Book gods : "Stacia, you've had a rough reading week. It's time that we allow you a moment of rest. Go forth and enjoy this familiar author as you relax in our favor for this brief moment."
Me : "Thank you, sirs and madams. I will try not to squander your gift."
3.5 stars. I had to deduct half a point for an ending that should have been cut off about 30 pages sooner.
I'm officially refreshed now. Kleypas never fails to entertain me. The formula still stands as successful as ever. There are no wi...more
I adored Zachary (a lot- one of my fave LK men now) one of those men who strive to make themselves better in a time where the lower class weren’t given half a chance. Zach shows he’s not only is he handsome, strong and caring but can be a wicked scoundrel. Holly after three years was coming out of her grief shell after the death of her beloved husband into society again and when she’s kissed in the shadows by...more
What I Loved:
In general, I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I loved the concept and, for the most part, the way that Lisa Kleypas built the story. I loved the characters, with the exception of one, and I really did want to see them ha...more
"4.5 stars" Lately, I've allowed myself to become distracted from some of my favorite authors, so it has been quite a while since I've read a Lisa Kleypas novel. Where Dreams Begin has been on my TBR pile for nearly two years, and I believe that was due in part to it rarely being mentioned as a fan favorite which led me to believe that it probably wasn't one of her stronger efforts. Now that I've finally read it, I'm kicking myself for not picking it up sooner. In my opin...more
The 2000 paperback publication has long been one of my favorite Lisa Kleypas books and I can see the hero, Zachary Bronson, as the archetype for so many other Kleypas heroes to come: a rough, self-made man with endless determination to get what he wants, and he wants Lady Holland Taylor. (Talk about a man in pursuit!) Only here he is set in an era where dukes ruled the day and he is, alas, without anything approaching a title. But that is not deterring hi...more
Romance clichés skillfully broug...more
Well, it's after Christmas now but I guess I'm too tired from the festivities to write a complete review so I'll keep it short:
Zachary Bronson has become a rich man and has gained all his heart's desires except one thing: admittance in the ton because of his lowly origins. In a ball he meets the beautiful widow Lady Holland and decides he wants her as his tutor in order to polish his manners, and...more
I created a new shelf for this called "gorgeous" because it quite simply was from start to finish.
Lisa Kleypas is extremely dominant on my favourites shelf because she is obviously one of the most magical romance authors of all time. I can't tell you how much the opening chapter of this book captured my attention but my heart was with both Lady Holly and Zachary from that point forward.
Can I just say how refreshing it was to not have any crazy drama or suspense plot in Where Dreams Begi...more
This is a beautiful, poignant romance, and Zachary Bronson's longing for a life of love and acceptance with Lady Holly is achingly sad and touching.
It's a real treasure and another Lisa Kleypas 5 star favorite/keeper!
The premise of the book was an interesting one to me. A widow was hired by a family with new-money to educate them in the ways of English society.
One of my favorite things about this book was a little girl named Rose, the daughter of the widow. Her innocence in reacting to the situations put...more
After 3 years of mourning, Lady Holland has finally returned to society. Her marriage had been perfect and her in-laws are willing to support her and her daughter, but she still can't seem move on after her husband's death. Shockingly, when she meets Zachary Bronson, an arriviste and a commoner climbing the socia...more
Well, this book was sad in some ways because Holly is still mourning the death of her husband, George. She's desolate without him. The only thing that keeps her going is her daughter...more
Zachary Bronson is a perfect hero and he absolutely shines here! We all know that there is nothing sexier than an alpha male, self-made gazillionaire who came from poverty and rose to the top – not to mention the fact that he has a soft spot for his family and has hidden insecurities about his station in society when compared to the woman he loves…and then Lisa Kleypas tacked on an adorable toddler who Zach spoils! Forget it! Game over! Women ar...more
Kleypas really enjoys mixing race...more
Zachary and Holly were very likable characters, and you find yourself rooting for them from the beginning. But Kleypas makes it difficult when the heroine continues to lament over her first husband who died years before these two people met. I could understand sprinkling some of t...more
It's been too long since I last read a Lisa Kleypas book and my memory doesn't seem to do justice to her fabulousness. I even began to think... Surely I have discovered so many new and brilliant authors that I somehow won't enjoy my old favourite author anymore BUT THE WOMAN JUST HAS SOMETHING THAT NO OTHER AUTHOR DOES. No one can reel off historical romances like Kleypas can without somewhere getting one wrong or accidentally creating a charac...more
Not part of Kleypas' best but still good overall.
This is the first Kleypas novel that I haven't given a full five stars to. However, this book was nothing short of wonderful.
What is there to truly say? We all know that LK writes superb characters and for Where Dreams Begin she outdid herself with Zachary. I adored him (and his family) the whole way through: from the moment we were introduced, to the moment he fell to his knees in front of Holly. That was by far my favorite scene, I might add. Holly was an average heroine in my opinio...more
★★★★★ This is a review of the audiobook.
The 2000 paperback publication has long been one of my favorite Lisa Kleypas books and I can see the hero, Zachary Bronson, as the archetype for so many other Kleypas heroes to come: a rough, self-made man with endless determination to get what he wants, and he wants Lady Holland Taylor. (Talk about a man in pursuit!) Only here he is set in an era where dukes ruled the day and he is, alas, without anything appro...more
I have yet to read a historical romance by Lisa Kleypas that I haven't loved. and this holds true to that. Zach and Holly were an amazing couple. Holly broke my heart, first from the fact that she had loved her first husband so much that she mourned him as she did. Her guilt at enjoying herself and falling in love sith Zach nearly killed me. Then, (view spoiler)[when she left Zach after they made love for the first time, I was heart broken and wept right along with Zach. Especially when...more
Zachary Bronson is my man, and it was the first time I hated the heroine because I want him for me! :]
He's humble, kind, gentle, loves children, a prizefighter (I like big guys!), has wild sexual appetites, rich and of course very devoted to Holly.
There are so many cute moments, especially him and Rose - Holly's daughter to her first husband, George. I used to cringe whenever there are children in the stories, because most of the writers can't seem to justify their personalities....more
Wow! Kudos to Rosalyn Landor for putting the extra star on my listening experience. I liked this book very much when I read it, but the audiobook made the story, characters and overall feeling of this book, beautifully come to life and it made it into one hell of an enjoyable listen - of course it wouldn't have been possible without the talent words of Lisa Kleypas.
Somehow, I thought I had already read this book. It is one of the first LKs I owned, but somehow I never read it. I think I confused it with with another LK book: Dreaming of You, which I believe was the first LK I read.
So I was lucky enough to find that I had another LK historical that I'd never read.
What is most wonderful is that this is her finest book! Very different than most of her series books, and so very sup...more
When I opened this book and it had a smaller font than the other books, I was so happy because I knew this one was gonna be a loooooong one.
(view spoiler)[ In the end, it was proven. The story did not stop at their marriage. You'll just have to read it to know what else happened. (hide spoiler)]
Holly or Holland (awesome name for the heroine by the way) was widowed. Tired of the normal, widow life, she looks for something different and she does! Zachary Bronson offers...more
But Lady Holly is struggling in her widowhood. After three years she is now allowed to wear more modest colours, not just black shrouds. She is also expected to step back i...more
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"Of course not, but she is a little girl, and I'm-"
"My life", he interrupted quietly. "You're my entire life. If anything ever happens to you, Holly, there is nothing left for me.”