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Move Heaven and Earth

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  691 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Miss Sylvan Miles dreaded the moment she'd see Lord Rand Malkin again. Once a dashing rogue, he'd returned from a battle a changed man. Sylvan, too, has suffered. Sharpened by scandal and tragedy, she vows to heal Rand's body and spirit.

But when Sylvan arrives at Clairmont Court, the man she encounters is far from the shattered ex-soldier she expects. Rand takes great plea
Paperback, 385 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Avon
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Stephanie (Once Upon a Chapter)
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Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I somehow missed this great story by one of my go-to authors. This ranks as one of my favorites of her novels. I really enjoyed the complicated and layered characters and all the family dynamics. Although not deeply, it delved into the changing economic climate of England and how the aristocracy and clergy viewed the "rising of the lower classes." It made me laugh, cry and had a satisfying love story for my romantic side. ...more
Paranormal Romance
A woman who's reputation is is tatters after everything thinks she's the mistress of her best friend, gets sent to care for a wheelchair bound man who's fits of rage threaten to send him to the asylum. She knows the hero from a night a few years ago when the shared a moment on the dance floor and when she hears he's been crippled after the war, she agrees to being his nurse. But she expected to see a suicidal and depressed man but the guy she meets celebrated her arrival but throwing chairs out ...more
Dodd is rare and different here as well by showing an attempt at industrial revolution that was made solely to keep the peasants on their land; and as in Castles in the Air, this isn't an easy endeavour, in Dodd's books monuments aren't finished at the end to general applaus - she doesn't write Luddite history, but neatly and convincingly balances social history in a genre about nobles.
I cried at the end of this, too, but not because it was bad or depressing, just sad, because Garth's death (whi
Sep 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
So bad! The setup (nurse assigned to cure hopelessly crippled war hero) is hackneyed, but I can accept that if the writing is otherwise good, but in this case it isn't. There are so many anachronisms and just plain wrong things in the first couple of chapters that I couldn't continue past them. The final straw for me was when the hero's mother (an English duchess) asks the nurse if she can call her by her first name as soon as she meets her. This would NEVER have happened between an English duch ...more
Virginia Campbell
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
MOVE HEAVEN AND EARTH is a touching love story between a man and woman both scarred by the horrors of the Napoleonic Wars and the Battle of Waterloo. Sylvan Miles was revered by the injured men she tended. However, society looked upon nursing as not suitable for a lady, and Sylvan was a victim of malicious gossip. Rand Malkin was a veteran who came home confined to a wheelchair. His brother Garth recoginzed that Sylvan could help Rand overcome his physical injuries and regain his peace of mind. ...more
Feb 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Phew. Mh. This book hit on quite a few of my pet peeves. First, silly names. I hate silly names. Sylvan? Really? Second, the hero can't walk during day but by night? O-kay. (I was very angry when I first read it but then I studied some Freud and hysteria, so I guess it is possible). Third, very unlikely setup and not convincing following events. While I am willing to suspend disbelief, logic and everything else for a well crafted, entertaining and well written story, this was sadly not it. Someh ...more
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
This started off ok, but then (view spoiler) but I'd say the the first half of the book was pretty good. I'm kind of disappointed it wasn't a new favorite of mine :( ...more
May 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Sylvan seems too insecure to be believable. Rand is just a jerk.
Lisa Jo
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This was truly a disaster. I don't even know what I just felt like two books combined into one. Something divided into "before" and "after" which can easily be described as the good and the bad.

I was so excited with the first 100 pages of Move Heaven and Earth. It was such an excellent premise. Grumpy, wounded war hero meets fiery, stubborn nurse...let the drama and passion begin. Rand was certainly an extremely sour hero, but he had a wolfish charm that was appealing. Sylvan was all
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Definitely would not have read this book if I had had something else to read at the time. At the start it was so hard to follow. I could not figure out what was going on or what the purpose of all the nonsensical words was supposed to be. Then the sex scene came, and not one to enjoy books with sex, this book was becoming worse and worse for me. On the good side, Rand the hero was very delightful in his want to understand his wife, the book was balanced with strong women (the peasants), and mous ...more
The heroine has lost her reputation by working in the hospitals after Waterloo. She's been hired to come work with the hero who was paralyzed in the battle and is making life difficult for everyone. The hero's brother, a duke, is also trying to get his cotton mill built and running, but someone is attacking the women working there and sabotaging the machinery, while pretending to be a ghost. And apparently there really is a ghost. Lots of angst and good stuff. I liked it a lot. ...more
Angelica Morado-Young
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christina-dodd
Wonderful story! The female character was shown as a strong and very caring person. Although everyone may have doubts as they care for others, I can see that nurses would or could really feel sad when they care for those the solders in a war. The main character was very trouble by so many that died after the Battle of Waterloo. And yet, the male character who survived it, understands and can help her come to accept that she did all she could. Encourage others to read this story.
J.W. Ellis
at first this had a lot of promise. The heroine came out strong and matched the hero foot to foot. she didn't cater and she didn't bend, but then one mislead convo and she turned into a whimpering mess. i dunno, I lost interest about 2/3rds thru, and the ending was just ehhhh. the villian was a little over the top when revealed, and just wasn't worth it. ...more
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Barbara ★
I usually love Christina Dodd's writing but I was disappointed in this book. Sylvan Miles was a wishy-washy female. Oh she started out all strong and proud and determined to save Rand Malkin from himself but she turned into a milksap...bemoaning her fate. On the other hand, Rand started out as an absolute brute and morphed into a loving person. I did like the mystery of the ghosts and the culprit who sabotaged the mill. I could definitely have done without the extras like Rand's mother and his m ...more
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 rating
What can you do when you have reputation built on ignorance, a parent who wholly believes it and a society who shuns it? You make the best of it, or try to. Getting a job in the country as a nurse is her only choice now and a chance to escape a home most dreaded. She is very good at her job and takes control of a situation at the home she is needed at. The patient is very unhappy and shows it in tantrums of just how unhappy he is in the world around him. Can she be the help he needs, y
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

I don't quite know what I just read. There was a lot of information and life events thrown into one book with very little time lapse.

I just...and then there was a supernatural element. I...don't know.

Plus, I could never understand what seemed like personality changes/disorders that were either brought in at the eleventh hour or glossed over for the sake of furthering the relationship. I mean when we meet Rand, he's throwing things out of a window and calling his nurse a bitch. Sylvan is tough
Nope. I cannot complete the first chapter. The story doesn't flow very well and there are too many characters being introduced in the beginning. As soon as the heroine arrives at the Dukes home, we are introduced to an aunt, brother, sister-in-law, mother, vicar, vicar's wife (and probably more, but I can't remember). This story is coming across too silly for me. I haven't found a good Dodd book yet. I may try one more before I give up on this author. ...more
Apr 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of the physically paralyzed Rand Malkin and the emotionally torn Sylvan Miles need each other. I enjoyed the ghost story and the mystery of who is attacking the women in the village. It just moved a little slow.
Nancy Luebke
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book although sometimes it moved a little slow. It was an engaging story that had me cheering for the main characters off and on. Had me guessing till almost the end of who done it. Touched on subjects like spousal and child abuse.
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finish 1st Reading: 02/09/2010
Finish 2nd Reading: 07/02/2015
Finish 3rd Reading: 10/09/2015 2:56p Friday

Purchased New - Paperback - $5.97 Walmart & Yes, it really is Flo, the Progressive Insurance Girl on the cover!

ISBN 978-0-06-108152-1
Jun 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
It was a nice break from reading a completely "romantic novel" was a nice mix of adventure ...more
Aug 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the story, but it felt like the characters werea bit inconsistent.
very enjoyable read, although i wasnt really interested in this one i had to change my mind after finishing the whole thing in just a few hours. It is very fasinating and addicting
Sep 28, 2011 rated it liked it
It was good but it got a little slow in the middle.
Ashley Oxford
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historic-romance
The ending made the book worth reading...
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