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The Heavenly Surrender

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  1,593 ratings  ·  185 reviews
Genieva Bankmans had willfully agreed to the arrangement. She had given her word and she would not dishonor it. But when she saw, for the first time, the man whose advertisement she had answered…she was desperately intimidated. The handsome and commanding Brevan McLean was not what she had expected. He was not the sort of man she had reconciled herself to marrying.

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Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published November 10th 2010 by Distractions Ink (first published March 16th 2009)
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Anneliese Bennion
I read this book every year. I just get in a mood for it. I can't say it's some marvel of English writing and character development. I can say that it is one of the most delightful books I have ever read. It makes me smile all the way through. Marcia Lynn McClure knows how to write romance - good clean romance. And I love her for it. She writes the scenes that you want to read over and over. Her books are just wonderful. I love The Heavenly Surrender because of the storyline. I love the whole ma ...more
November 2011: I had to bump my rating up to a 4. It seems like I enjoy her books more the second time around. This was a sweet story and I really liked Genieva and Brevan.

May 2010: I think my expectations may have been a little high for this one. I thought the plot sounded fun and I’ve grown to love the old western setting. I just couldn’t get past the (sorry to say) awful Spanish and Irish accents. Brevan (as well as Brian & Brenna) sounded like an Irish Yoda. Their way of speaking just d
Sad To Say,No Love For This Hero!
It held my interest and kept me reading until 3AM,and it's been a long time since a book kept me up so late. However, I knew that I was disappointed in this book even before I finished it. I did not fall for the hero Brevan,and I thought Genieva was a stupid woman who totally lacked all self-control and self respect.
He was a pushy,controlling,conceited brute who worked her like a mule,'played her' because of her weakness for his kisses! The kisses as usual were e
Katie Watkins
This is the first Marcia book I read and of course, one of my favorites. I love the marriage of convenience plot. The relationship the siblings has is great and I love how accepting they all are of Genieva. Even though this shows a flaw, I love Genieva's little jealous streaks that cause her to rant and throw a fit. I usually enjoy reading this in March (Irish??), but decided to read it in April this time, since that's when the story starts. I can totally picture the pond, the orchards, the farm ...more
This was the first book by Marcia Lynn McClure that I ever read and I loved it. A mail-order bride is such a fun idea. This is where I discovered that romance could be enjoyable and there was an author out there who could write it without sex and without preaching to me about something. This will always be a favorite.
Inspired Kathy
Another wonderful good clean romance by Marcia McClure. I ended up staying up until 2:30 to finish this book because there was no good place to stop.
Melody Cox
Boy was I excited to get this book and man oh man was I ever in for a huge disappointment. So many things wrong in this story, too many to name.

Brevan McLean was no real man. He kept secrets from his wife and in doing so placed her in danger because she was unaware. He was a cruel husband and he abused her, not physically but mentally and emotionally. I felt very uncomfortable with the secret relationship between Lita and Brevan. It gave me the creeps and was so unfair to his new wife. Something
Okay I have to say that I've become a little obsessed with this woman's books. It's not that they are great literature or even very original, but reading them makes me smile. They are clean and there is a lot of kissing (which I like). I've read many of her books now and they are very similar in characters and plot, but just fun reads for me. The romance is cheesy, and there are editorial errors that bug me, but for some reason I want to read them all. So if you are in the mood for a clean, fun, ...more
I really enjoyed this book and laughed out loud at several parts and loved the humorous bantering and silliness with the sister, brother and in-laws toward Brevan. Marcia did that SO well that I was in tears laughing along with them being silly when Brevan was so serious! Loved that!! I thought the "getting rid of the bad guy" wrap up she always does at the end of her books was one of the more interesting, believable senerios of hers.
mary Ethington
I loved this book! it's clean which can be hard to find in love stories, and it is one of those books that makes you giddy with the interaction. A lot of her books follow the same story line, but I love this one. I have read most of this author's books and even though I usually know what is going to happen, I love reading them!
Jul 23, 2008 McKenzie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves marcia lynn mcclure
Recommended to McKenzie by: brittney weston
i LOVED this book!!! OMGosh. it was so cute and it had some way funny parts in it. like the time when genieva poured the cake batter over brevan...i thought that was the cutest thing. oh i totally recommend this book to any girl!!!
This book made no sense at all. Why didn't he tell her about Lita? Why didn't they engage the authorities? And the hero was just awful.. I did not like him or the heroin I skipped 50 of the book. It was just so boring.
Actually this really is one of my favorite Marcia books. I had to change my review seeing as how I just read this book again...for like the sixth time! Some of my favorite kissing scenes...
My friend, Alicia, introduced me to this book. It's the one I read when I need romance in my life. ;) It's a really great romantic comedy with clean melt you like butter kisses.
I like to call these books by Marcia Lynn McClure my Chick Lit! These books are easy reads but they always make me laugh. I'm a sucker for the whole Damsel in distress thing.

Sooo bland. I didn't mind the constant "will ya"s, but when it came to introducing husband in the 18th century as "love muffin", it's time to jump ship.
Valerie Waters
This was a very cute book! Brevan of course was AWESOME!! I did feel like I was back in California with the Mexicans spouting out Spanish words every other sentence.
It's a romance--one of my favorite by this author. A mail order bride, Geneva learns about life in the West and about what love is about. A cute story.
Apr 23, 2008 Marybeth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marybeth by: Katrina
Oh my gosh!! Loved this book! Can I tell you how much I love this author!! A CLEAN romance novelist is a rare thing! Fun and keeps ya hooked!
Stacey Hall
Brevan and Genieva are so fun! I loved how she knew how to push his buttons and rile that temper!! Such great kissing scenes too!!!
This was my first taste of Marcia Lynn McClure. I can see why people like her books. This one was full of romantical situations and cuteness galore. I usually hate written accents, but Brevan's was endearing. There was also some hilarious dialogue. And I love that the word "bum" was used so frequently.

However this book sometimes became groan-inducing instead of dreamy sigh-inducing. For instance, there were WAY too many kissing scenes. Reading about other people kissing just isn't that interesti
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I love all of the wonderful ethnicity in this book. Irishman Brevan McLean is a strong romantic character looking for practicality not romance. He appears to be the polar opposite of Genieva his sort of mail order bride who is small and feisty yet what better match than opposites?. This book has a slightly darker side to it with the ongoing threats that plague the McLean family. I loved the love of family with Brevan's brother and sister all living nearby and working together on their family far ...more
Mar 04, 2008 Becky rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to have a fun escape!
Recommended to Becky by: Deena Wriggly
My Relief Society President gave me this book. I was totally turned off by the 80's looking cover, but in desperation to read something I picked it up and actually read the whole thing in a day. It's a romance taking place in the country on a farm back in I'd say early 1900's. It is about a handsome Irish farmer who puts an ad for a hard working wife and gets to everyones surprise a sassy young lass. It is predictable as all get out, but an easy fun read. That gets your heart racing at times and ...more
So lets see. Geneiva runs away from home to escape an arranged marriage. She becomes a mail order bride. From the moment Brevan sees her he puts her down and ridicules her. He works her like a dog and is emotionally and verbally abusive to her. In addition he refuses to have sex with her. Pray tell what was the other guy like? Plus he is has a morbid attraction to his sister in law. And no I don't buy the explanation as to why. When her family showed up I was hoping she would go home with them. ...more
I don't think I have ever been so angry with a book! Well, at least where the anger is towards the main characters. The hero in this book is brute, a self righteous bully. Geesh! They were supposed to start liking each other at some point! The arguments were supposed to be petty and funny! This was one of the most depressing books I have ever read. He treated her awful! I wouldn't recommend this book or ever read it again. It had great potential, but was just way too serious and hurtful for my t ...more
This book was given to me by a friend.

It was a very sweet, sentimental and romantic story. Filled with moments that made my heart flutter and my eyes tear. It was hard to put down and kept me up late into the night - two nights in a row.

This book is much like those that I read as a teenager - back when I believed in love at first sight, and happily ever afters. I suppose that I am a bit hardened now. "The Heavenly Surrender" was a great escape from reality and left me with a sigh on my lips and
10/20/14 - Re-read of this one, still fun and romantic.

6/27/13 - Needed my weekly dose of McClure. Mystery, romance-a-plenty, hot cowboy, great read.

9/8/12 - An Irish cowboy and a marriage of convenience. A great story.

Moral Note: Illegitimate children, attempted rape several times, not graphic, passionate kisses.
Sometimes I am in a mood for Marcia Lynn McClure romance. They are clean, sweet and extremely romantic. A fairy-tale for woman. :) I really enjoyed The Heavenly Surrender. It is cute and it has some funny parts in it! And I love it that Genieva ISN'T an exceptional beauty!
Very enjoyable book! The writing is wonderful, I just couldn't quite believe an incredibly handsome husband and a sweet pretty wife who were very attracted to each other could live together for months and months and never consummate the marriage.
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“He's magnificent!" Maureen sighed, walking to the window and watching Brevan saunter toward the barn.

"He is not a horse, Maury," Genieva reminded.”
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