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Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley
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May 09, 2012

really liked it
Read in April, 2002

If you weren't satisfied with the ending of "Gone with the Wind" or wanted more of Scarlett and Rhett's romance you might want to entertain the idea of reading this book.
Written in the late 1990's by a different author, Scarlett picks up where "Gone with the Wind" ended, with the death of Melanie Wilkes, and Scarlett realizing Rhett is the one that got away.
The author well researched the style of Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" writing of the well developed characters we all grew to love still decades later. She also researched the era quite well.
This story of Scarlett's journey is quite different from Gone with the Wind. She is now a grown woman, who has matured, is a strong female, yet still has a bit of the spoiled bite of the Scarlett O' Hara we are accustomed to. Rhett has now made it clear that he is no longer in love with her, and Scarlett has nothing else to do, but to find herself by going to Ireland to find her roots and O'Hara family.
With all the drama of Rhett leaving her, and taking up with a new bride, Scarlett has something very special up her sleeve that when Rhett finds out there is no way he can deny their love for one another. The conclusion is dramatic and beautiful, tying both characters together once and for all.
This is perhaps the ending to Rhett and Scarlett's romance that everyone was dying to read in "Gone with the Wind." Some say this ending, takes away from the statement given to us throughout and to the end in Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the wind.
However if you have an open mind to a sequel not written by the original author,written decades later, love period drama/romance novels, and want more of Scarlett and Rhett's romance this is the read for you.
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