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400 pages, ebook
First published February 27, 2018
“I need no protection,” she informed him. “Furthermore, if I did, you’re not the one I would hire to provide it.”Obviously, I would have cheered her on, had she been able to deal with them alone, and why shouldn’t I? But it’s not me here making it clear that her self-defence lessons are lacking, it’s Lisa Kleypas. Why she has to act so prickly? No idea. But then, she’s used to being treated with condescension as the only female doctor. So, let’s leave this as a moment of wariness on her part. We also find out that Ethan, who has been falling in love for some time, has been following her every Tuesday when she makes her rounds in workhouses and areas where the poor can’t afford a doctor. This is surely meant as a protective gesture, a romantic one, but I find it creepy. I’ve always found this typical romance-hero behaviour creepy.
She was also active in the women’s suffrage movement and became the first female mayor and magistrate in England, serving in the splendid town of Aldeburgh.It wouldn’t even occur to me to make a mockery out of Miss Kleypas’s inspiration. We needed these women who broke through male domains, as much as we needed the women in the factories, who equally fought for their rights. Having read Hello Stranger, it’s clear to me now that it was apparently never the author’s intention to focus on Garrett’s special status. We had a little discussion about it on one of my status updates, and I’ll ask the questions a little differently now. Knowing enough of Miss Kleypas’s work, knowing that she had created wonderfully strong heroines, what was the point in using the real Dr. Anderson as an inspiration for Garrett, if her status played no role in the plot? In the whole story, there was only one moment where Garrett’s sex and her position as a doctor were at odds for the times she lived in. One mistake on her part and her license would have been revoked, based on the constant suspicion she lives under as a female doctor. Apart from that, Garrett lives in a bubble, thanks to her close association to Rhys Winterborne, with the weekly work she does for the poor.
“The first moment I saw you, I knew you were my share of the world. I’ve always loved you. If I could choose my fate, I’d never be parted from you. Acushla… pulse of my heart, breath of my soul… there’s nothing on this earth more fair and fine than you. Your shadow on the ground is sunlight to me.”Good, right? Not enough for me, though. Not after having seen how rushed their encounters were. That it was love at first sight for him is one thing, but it certainly wasn’t for Garrett.
To her self-disgust, she had broken into tears of utter relief, when she would have liked so much to muster a semblance of dignity.Say what? There are quite a few sentences like this one which were made obsolete on the next page, mostly by Garrett, and they certainly didn’t endear her to me. Quite the opposite. I’m still wondering what their purpose was.
This woman owned the sum of him, his tenderness and violence, everything good or bad.
Have I made you uncomfortable? I beg your pardon.”
Ransom lifted his head to reveal eyes glinting with laughter. “Not at all. It’s just that I’ve never heard a lady talk as you do.”
“As I told you . . . I’m not a lady.”
There had always been a cold streak in him, but he couldn’t seem to find it now, when he needed it most. He was breaking apart inside. He would never be the same after this. “Christ, you’ve ruined me,” he whispered.
A queen, you are,” he said softly. “I could travel the world the rest of my life, and not find another woman with half your ways.”.
“I’ve always loved you. If I could choose my fate, I’d never be parted from you. Acushla… pulse of my heart, breath of my soul… there’s nothing on this earth more fair and fine than you. Your shadow on the ground is sunlight to me.”
“She was sunlight and steel, spun into a substance he’d never encountered before.”
"When you meet the right man, the list of things you would never do suddenly becomes much shorter."Even though I've yet to meet anyone to make me change my mind, I completely understood why Garrett's views on marriage and children were changing...because she met the right man.
"The first moment I saw you, I knew you were my share of the world. I've always loved you. If I could choose my fate, I'd never be parted from you. Acushla...pulse of my heart, breath of my soul...there's nothing on this earth more fair and fine than you. Your shadow on the ground is sunlight to me."Talk about a silver tongue. He sounds poetic even when he talks dirty to Garrett. I love how he could easily be himself with Garrett. He thought Garrett would never have fallen in love with someone like him. He never expected her to love him. And I love how she noticed everything about him, like his dimple. I love how encouraging and supportive he was. Their mutual respect for each other only enhanced the attraction and the love. I cried so many ugly tears reading this book because I felt their pain and loneliness every time they were separated. The conflict separating them was out of their hands and I really felt Garrett's need to have something to remember Ethan by. I felt her tears and pain when her whistle was so thoroughly destroyed. I felt EVERYTHING.
"Do you want to know why I gave you violets? They're beautiful and small, but tough enough to grow in the cracks of city pavement."
Whenever you want me
"You haven't one romantic bone in your body," he muttered.
That sounded so much like his usual self that Garrett almost smiled. "I reassembled an entire disarticulated skeleton in medical school. There's no such thing as a romantic bone."
To Ravenel's credit, if he was rattled by [Ransom throwing money at him], he didn't show it. Turning to Winterborne, he remarked casually, "No one's ever showered me with cash before. I must say, it inspires feelings of instant affection."
"Do you have any problems with the sight of blood?"
"Lord, no, I'm a farmer. I'm around blood all the time, both animal and human."
Garrett regarded him dubiously, blotting her cheeks with the edge of her sleeve. "There's that much blood involved in farming?"
Ravenel grinned. "I didn't say I was any good at it."
"Mrs. Abbot, I'm going to the kitchen to wash. You'll want to warn the housemaids to shield their eyes from the sight of my manly torso."
Kathleen, Lady Trenear, came to Garret."Whose housemaid would he be referring to?" she asked dryly. "Ours will be crowding into the scullery to obtain the best possible view."