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Carousel of Hearts

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  296 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Antonia and Judith were the best of friends, until dashing Adam Yorke and handsome Lord Simon Launceston divided the two young women. Never had romance reveled in such dizzying turnabouts as Cupid emptied his quiver at hearts that would not stay still.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 7th 1989 by Signet
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Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a nice, light read. The basic idea is a tried and true plot line but the execution is rather different. The middle of the book is a bit dark. The pacing is a bit slow. There's a lot of descriptive details about steam engines and astronomy which are very boring. The ending is a bit rushed. There's some sensual romance (kissing, touching, feelings) but nothing super graphic and no love scenes. Actually, there's about the same amount or just slightly more sensuality than in her teen novels. ...more
Baroness Antonia Thornton is a beautiful woman who has a fortune of her own and no patience with fortune hunters. Judith Winslow is a widow working as a paid companion to Antonia. At first Antonia was reluctant to take on Judith but after a while good sense prevailed and the two of them get on very well.

Adam Yorke returns to England from a long time away in India making his fortune, with him he brings his good friend Simon, Lord Launcheston, who is dashing and handsome. Both women are attracted
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library
After reading "The Bargain" by the same author I enjoyed seeing her note at the end mentioning characters who'd been recycled from other works. One of them was the good doctor Ian and so I picked this up. The library only had Large Print available.

We are treated not to a romantic triangle but a romantic square. It gets a bit tedious but there are a few swoon worthy scenes toward the end that redeem it from being just okay.
Carrie Olguin
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A delightful romance. Likable characters and a plot that could have come from a Shakespere romantic comedy showing the different types of love (selfish or selfless, enduring or infatuation) and the four people who grown and learn the differences.

No erotic content. The characters, plot and other emotions besides lust are stong enough to engage the reader until the end.
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am delighted that so many of these older titles are now available as ebooks. It had been a long, long time since I read this one, but it was a fun read. It's not as good as the books that came later, but it does make it easy to understand why Mary Jo Putney has been consistently on my autobuy list for lo these many years.
I don’t know if it’s because I read Carousel of Hearts while I had the flu, but I kept thinking that Judith and Antonia would rather become lifelong companions to each other…if you know what I mean. I lost interest in the story, which may have also been due to the flu’s influence, and didn’t finish reading it.
Nov 16, 2010 rated it liked it
2 for the first half, which is more telling than showing; 3 for the second half, which, despite its melodrama, gives us more interaction between its revolving pairs of lovers. Fun to read a very early book by an accomplished author, to see how far she has grown -- gives one hopes for one's own writing!
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Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
What a fun historical romance. Halfway through I honestly wasn't sure who was going to end up with who. I really wanted to peak at the end but refrained. Adam and his friend Lord Simon return from India to visit his childhood friend and distant cousin Lady Antonia and her companion/friend Judith.
Lynn Calvin
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reread, nookbook
Reread - Early Putney, enjoyable, not as strong as her later stuff.
Susannah Carleton
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. Two couples eventually end up properly paired, but there was a little too much shifting of partners for my taste. The characters were delightful, and the story well told.
Aug 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency
Another book does not live up to the rating I gave it many years ago. This one just appeared to me to be slightly dull with uninteresting characters.
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good story except the fact that the first two characters (Antonia and Adam) are
are relatives, even if distant.
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like it very much. My first read from Ms. Putney but definitely made me want to read more from her. Nice, romantic, full of candor, even funny. In all, a lovely story.
Apr 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
keeps you guessing!!!
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency-fiction, 2016
A little more Rom-com and a little less Regency than I would have preferred, but over all it was a nice read. The love quadrangle was fun without too much drama.
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