notes: enjoyed the book (not as much as blackshear family #1), though i wish the book had situations where instead of the male lead being the on...more2.75/5
notes: enjoyed the book (not as much as blackshear family #1), though i wish the book had situations where instead of the male lead being the one to propose the marriage it was the other way round (*gasp* yes! the female protagonist proposing marriage!) her bringing HIM flowers. as it stands, grant's novels are pretty much at the top of what historical romance has to offer.
in this particular case the main leads have known each other for years. and the love and particularly respect they develop for one another gradually builds over time.
i have to add that these romance covers are really embarrassing. glad we have e-readers today and there's still the good ol' reliable brown paperbag!
random quotes: "why, every girl's mother is culpable, if she does not speak openly with her daughter on the subject of pleasure and passion. a girl taken by surprise, as you were tonight, could easily fall into disaster." [arc, 51%]
"i wish there were other ways to find a husband besides these balls and gatherings where everyone is evaluating each other with thoughts of marriage already present. if i could come to know a man as a friend, first, without worrying over whether he was a good dancer, or whether i'd chosen the gown that best became me --if we could learn the turn of one another's minds; speak without any calculation of whether an opinion might diminish one's appeal to the other, if i could come to admire his good qualities, and he mine, without any thought of possession, then love, if it did come, would have the most solid foundation on which to rest." [arc, 60%]
e-arc has been kindly provided by the publisher through netgalley (less)
main leads were likeable (though the female lead was a cross between tough and damsel-in-distress). the book itself was often cute, but then more o...more2.5
main leads were likeable (though the female lead was a cross between tough and damsel-in-distress). the book itself was often cute, but then more often than not too corny. unfortunately, the excess of drama that was thrown into the mix, existed just for the hell of it. had it been toned down a bit, i would've gladly rated the book somewhere between 3 and 3.5 stars. as it stands, fans of the movie legends of the fall or maybe even little house on the prairie might like it, though! it's got civil courage, horse breeding, racism against native americans, parent-child-conflicts etc. etc. [ recommended by katrina lumsden ]
*********************************************** "i could have explained." "maybe you would have if i hadn't been so busy calling you names." anne's voice was a husky whisper. "i'm sorry, really. i wish i could promise it won't ever happen again, but i can't even do that. i'll try. trusting seems to be the hardest part."
emily webster and the class of 1912 are graduating from high school. for emily's friends, it's the beginning of a new chapter in their lives as they p...more emily webster and the class of 1912 are graduating from high school. for emily's friends, it's the beginning of a new chapter in their lives as they prepare to go to college. but not for emily. despite her love of learning and her academic achievements, she will be spending her next year at home. she is an orphan whose only living relative is her elderly grandfather and she feels it is her duty to take care of him. when her classmates leave home, emily becomes lonely and depressed during her "lost year." but with a little dedication, emily eventually finds that learning can take place outside of the classroom and you don't need college to grow as a person. [ foreveryoungadult ]