- Mass Market Paperback: 318 pages
- Publisher: Zebra Books (29 Nov 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821771868
- ISBN-13: 978-0821771860
- Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 2.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,309,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Juliana knew her father was trying to manipulate her into marriage with Ian. She'd known Ian since childhood, so she knew him well enough to realize Ian was manipulating her to the altar too. Some women might find this pursuit romantic and think she's stubborn for not giving in much sooner. I disagree. The truth was, Juliana didn't trust Ian or her own feelings, and she knew Ian had a habit of lying to her to get what he wanted. Why trust a man like that?
This is a complicated relationship that Shelley Bradley plays out convincingly. If it had happened any faster or in any other way, I wouldn't have believed it. The story was handled with skill, and I'll be looking forward to this author's next book.
Ian Pierce and Juliana Linford had been childhood friends but Ian's feelings for Juliana became much stronger as they grew older. When Juliana desires to marry someone else against her father's wishes, the men in her life scheme to stop the marriage. Furious, Juliana weds and moves away to India with her
Five years later, still devotely in love with Juliana, Ian discovers she is now a widow. Juliana's father's health is precarious so with his approval, Ian sets out to bring Juliana home to be with her family in time for the holidays.
However some things never change, Ian is still very much in love and desperately wishes to wed Juliana. And Juliana is still headstrong and determined not to let her father, or Ian, control her life by forcing her to wed someone she herself has not chosen.
Set in the Victorian era, this book is truly intriguing. And despite the fact that the heroine was very stubborn, I could not help but enjoy this story as the chemistry between the hero and heroine was intense. Also I loved the hero, he was so true to his heart I swooned just thinking about him. Sigh!
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