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Speak To Me Of Love

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  173 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
From the first time she set eyes on Overton House and on its brilliantly handsome young master, William Overton, Beatrice Bonnington was in thrall. In fact, it was sometimes difficult for her to distinguish which one she had fallen in love with first. But though the scion of a distinguished English family might be bought, neither he nor his peers could be forced to accept ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published January 1st 1972 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 1971)
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Misfit
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Misfit by: Michele
London, late 19C. Beatrice Bonnington is wed to William Overton of Overton house. Beatrice's father owns Bonnington's Emporium, but despite the taint of being *in trade*, the Overtons are willing to overlook that little matter as they need a healthy infusion of ready cash to keep up appearances. Beatrice adores William until death do they part, but those feelings aren't returned in kind - he'd rather be off chasing butterflies. When Beatrice's father suffers a stroke, she takes over running the ...more
Michele
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Speak to Me of Love is a family saga (well, two generations at least) set in England during a time of great social change: 1880 through the Great War. Beatrice is the daughter of a successful shop keeper and despite her lack of good looks, she has a sharp mind and great interest in making her father's shop even more successful. Unfortunately, she also falls in love (from afar, at least) with young William Overton, son of the (cash poor) local gentry. In one of life's strange twists, William marr ...more
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Jun 26, 2010 rated it liked it
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Vanna Barr
May 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
I love finding authors that write well, but have since been forgotten. Dorothy Eden is one such author. I've read several books by her and she writes a book that quickly grabs your attention and keeps it. This book is no exception. However, I really didn't enjoy this book. It was a very sad book about a somewhat unattractive woman who marries a man she loves, but who doesn't love her. She thinks she'll be able to win his love one day. What is that book written recently called something like: "He ...more
Monika
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
1881. aasta London. Beatrice Bonnington on rikas kaubamaja pärijanna, kes abiellub nägusa kõrgest soost noormehe William Overtoniga. Viimane ei tee saladust tõsiasjast, et kosis neiu vaid majanduslikel kaalutlustel, sest ta perekond ja maja vajavad hädasti rahasüsti. Kuid Beatrice'i jaoks on see armastusabielu ning kogu ta järgneva elu eesmärgiks on, et mees ta tunnetele vastaks ja nii poputab ta abikaasat, kuidas aga oskab ning saab ja asetab Williami heaolu kõrgemale isegi laste omast. Tööalas ...more
Karen M
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a book about romance but also about three generations of an English family that are deeply affected by the oldest generation, Beatrice and William who married by agreement. She loved him and his family's home. He and his family needed money so he was willing to marry the plain Beatrice whose father was in trade.

Beatrice is convinced that someday William will truly love her and this is the beginning of their story and the story of their three children and finally their only grandchild. Fi
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Sharon A.
Sep 21, 2010 rated it liked it
This was just a good, old-fashioned historical sort-of-romance. It tells the story of Beatrice, the daughter of a successful store-owner. Bea sets her sights on William, who agrees to marry Bea to shore up his family's failing finances. Bea truly loves William, and spends the rest of her life trying to win his love.

It's sort of dismal, there really aren't very many happy relationships, but Eden tells a great story, and there's enough redemption at the end to keep me from being completely down!
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Elise
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. I think it's one of Dorothy Eden's best. Taking place in England, with jaunts to other European places in the 1800's, this story is about a woman who marries out of convenience and a lust for the beautiful things in life. She is a strong, smart person who takes over her father's department store after he has a stroke. Both her parents and she realize she is no beauty, but she proves that success does not depend on this. With a beautiful home and two children, she encounters life ...more
Carolyn
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-reads
This was unread on my shelf for years. I kept it because it was a favorite author in earlier years. What a grabber! I couldn't put it down. It was a love story about unrequited love. Poor wealthy Beatrice wants to buy love and hopes to gain respect as well as romantic love. For two generations repercussions of that decision reverberates through family members. Such a story. I was haunted by it for several days. Well written and not soppy.
Lovely Rita
Oct 10, 2010 rated it liked it
One of those historical fiction books that covers a few generations of a family. It was pretty engrossing and was a fast read. The characters had some actual depth, which was nice, though, it's not really a happy story. I had started reading this before vacation and I actually wanted to keep reading so I dragged the hardcover on a trip, so that says something.
Sandy Menke
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good story that takes place in 1880's about a young unattractive woman that is married for money. She works her little heart out to run a successful store while hubby has fun. Kids grow up so of course more problems evolve. This book (pubished in 1970's) reminds me a little of A Woman of Substance, which I read decades ago but enjoyed a lot.
Maggie
Oct 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
One of those historical fiction books that covers a few generations of a family. It was pretty engrossing and was a fast read. The characters had some actual depth, which was nice, though, it's not really a happy story. I had started reading this before vacation and I actually wanted to keep reading so I dragged the hardcover on a trip, so that says something.
Kathryn
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember that I totally loved this book, and can semi remember the plot, and there was a sequel.... but I dont' ever remember reading that. I'm just thrilled that its coming out in Kindle format so I can read it again.
Shae
Apr 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I own this book and I just love reading it because it's my favorite book of all times. I have other books by Dorothy Eden, but this one is my utmost favorite of them all. :D
Deb
May 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
Career women - they spoil everything. Their children will become spinsters, spies or dissolute actresses.
Joan Horkey
wonderful!
Linda
Aug 31, 2010 rated it liked it
3.5 for this story of a woman who is married for her money.
Aless Waitomo
Muy linda historia!!
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Dorothy Eden was born in 1912 in New Zealand and died in 1982. She moved to England in 1954 after taking a trip around the world and falling in love with the country. She was best known for her many mystery and romance books as well as short stories that were published in periodicals. As a novelist, Dorothy Eden was renowned for her ability to create fear and suspense. This earne
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