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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reissue edition (Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380819635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380819638
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,006,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Readers become writers, and Christina Dodd has always been a reader. She reads everything, but because she loves humor, she likes romance best. A woman wants things like world peace, a clean house, and a deep and meaningful relationship based on mutual understanding and love. A man wants things like a Craftsman router with attachments, undisputed control of the TV remote, and a red Corvette which will miraculously make his bald spot disappear. When Christina's first daughter was born, she told her husband she was going to quit work and write a book. It was a good time to start a new career, because how much trouble could one little infant be?

Ha! It took ten years, two children and three completed manuscripts before her first novel, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW, was published to great acclaim. In the years since, she has enjoyed writing witty, emotional novels for every reader: suspense, historical romances, paranormal romances, romantic suspense. Her stories have been translated into 25 languages, won the prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Christina Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle (11/18/05, # 13 Down: Romance Novelist named Christina.) Publishers Weekly praises her style that 'showcases Dodd's easy, addictive charm and steamy storytelling.' With more than fifteen million of her books in print, her legions of fans always know that when they pick up a Christina Dodd book, they know they've found a story "For the wild at heart!"

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Lost in Your Arms When Enid MacLean hears her estranged husband is injured, she reluctantly agrees to see him. Except for his distinctive green eyes, the man she nurses back to health is not who she remembers. While Enid finds herself losing her heart to this familiar stranger, she cannot help but wonder how her husband has become a dangerous, seductive man--or about the secrets he carries locked away in his lost m Full description

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Newman on 5 Sept. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Enid MacLean hasn’t seen her husband for 9 years, and isn’t particularly worried that this is so as after 3 months of marriage he ran off and left her to not only fend for herself, but work off his debts too. When she hears that he has been badly injured, she leaves her current charge (Enid looks after the terminally ill) to do her duty by her husband in taking care of him. She arrives to find him almost unrecognisable in his injuries, except for his exceptional eyes, and in very poor health due to the quality of his care. Enid almost surprises herself in her doggedness in determining the best care for him, and in the period of recuperation comes to care for her husband as she barely remembers doing even in the early days of their marriage. For his part, her patient has lost his memory from his injuries, although as it happens, not for good. But all is not as it seems, not even the man she is nursing back to health. And danger stalks them both.
Predictable basic plot, but Dodd works it well and this story is very enjoyable. The threat to them both seems very real and immediate, and the bonds that grow between patient and caregiver stem from the strong characteristics of each of the central characters. The mystery of who is threatening them I certainly found to be hard to anticipate, and kept me guessing. The quandry Enid faces in particular touched an emotional chord in me.
This is one of the books featuring the Throckmortons from ‘In My Wildest Dreams’ and thus the rest of the Governess series, but it is not necessary to have read the others to enjoy this, as the storylines do not touch except for 2 (admittedly rather important) characters. Nonetheless it would not spoil the sequence of events to read this one first – it might even arouse your curiosity enough to try one of the others.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Farfalla VINE VOICE on 9 Dec. 2002
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Lost in Your Arms is loosely connected to the Governess Brides series (The organisation helps Enid MacLean, the heroin to find her latest position as a nurse companiion) but this book can deffinatly stand on its on. Enid has been married for nine years to a scoundral who seduced her at seventeen, then abandoned her three months later to fend for herself, and pay off the debts he had accumulated. Now, nine years later she is summoned to take care of her husband after he has been injured by a bomb blast in the Crimea. (This book is set during the Victorian era) So, relucctantly, she leaves her charge behind, an elderly, somewhat cantankerous lady, and goes off to nurse her husband back to health.
MacLean though, isn't quite the way she remembered him. He wakes up with amnesia, that he only slowly recoves from. He doesn't like to think that he was a gambler, or that he abandoned his wife. This MacLean is also quite definately attracted to his wife, a feeling which his wife against her better judgement and her own memories, shares. When a fire is started in the cottage which Enid and MacLean are using until he is back up on his feet, forces them to leave, they must try to dodge the people who are trying to kill him.
This is quite an intruiging novel, with a fast moving plot line, and wonderful characters. Enid's distrust of men in general provides an almost insurmountable barrier for MacLean to climb over. Deffinately worth your time.
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By Angela on 13 Jun. 2009
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a historical avon romance novel
Christina Dodd keeps you going in a fast pace, not letting you to think about it while reading, so that you wont guess what happens next. she keeps your imagination working at all time with her very well described scenes and you follow her story without hesitation, thus you can be surprised even though the plot is kind of easy to assume at times.
the book describes well how much two objects can want each other and how well do they the find fullfilment in each other.
action-wise was good and adventurous.
scenaries was great! made me want to go to isle of mull right away.
hero and heroine are full of pride and confidence, but not quite indepent when it comes to desires ruling..
definitely would read it again...and again
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Very, very good 12 Mar. 2002
By susu_22 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a fan of Christina Dodd, so my review is probably a little biased.
In this story, Enid is a nurse who cares for the elderly. She is called from the home of a woman she cares deeply for, to unwillingly care for her estranged husband. She remembers Stephen as a reckless gambler who abandoned her, leaving her to pay his debts by working as a nurse. As she puts it, she was only "this" close from being in the workhouse. Over a period of 9 years, her resentment has grown. She now only wants a plot of land, so she can tend a garden and have a sense of stability and familiarity in her life.
She does not recognize Stephen, since his injuries leave his face and body bandaged and scarred. She does remember his eyes and works on bringing him back from the brink of death. When he finally awakens, he has lost his memory and does not remember anything about his past, including his wife.
Throughout the book, Enid slowly reveals why she has resented him so many years. It seems as though Stephen has changed. His physical nearness and teasing affects Enid, as well as his new devotion to her. Is he really the same person she married?
Again, I really liked this book. Enid was a strong character, who was not afraid to clean up and tend to her patient and his room. Unlike most novels, where a servant or maid did the cleaning up and watching over a patient. She was always quick to come up with a witty response to Stephen, rather than let him dictate to her.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
BEWARE: A One-Sitting Read... 30 Mar. 2004
By "klpepsi" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After a brief infatuation, Enid MacLean had married at the tender age of seventeen. Her husband, Stephen MacLean, turned out to be impulsive, irresponsible, and unwilling to stay in one place too long. After three months of marriage, he abandoned Enid to fend for herself, and pay off his accumulated debts.
Nine years later, Enid now works as a nurse companion for the Distinguished Academy of Governesses. Her world is turned upside down again, when a man named Throckmorton informs her of an explosion abroad, which has severely injured her long-missing husband. Reluctantly, she leaves her current post to do her wifely duty and take care of Stephen. What she sees when she gets there is shocking. This man, barely clinging to life, looks nothing like the husband she remembers, except for the striking color of his eyes. Until her arrival, most everyone felt he had no chance of survival, and had given him up for dead. For reasons Enid cannot fathom, she feels more of a connection to this familiar stranger than she should, and is determined he would not die. His body's injuries gradually heal, but when he wakes, he has no memory of anything, including his wife.
As much as they try, neither can deny the overwhelming desire they feel for each other. But the security at this sanctuary is fleeting, when an attempt is made on their lives. So Throckmorton sends them to Stephen's family home in Scotland. A journey Enid dreads, because she will be forced to face the man who despises her, Kiernan MacLean, Stephen's cousin, and laird of the clan. When she married Stephen, Kiernan had accused her of being nothing more than a gold digger, and had disapproved of their union.
Now in the wilds of Scotland, shocking secrets will be revealed, and the danger ultimately follows them. Together, they will solve the mystery, set a trap for those responsible, and have the chance to grab onto a once in a lifetime love.
This was a compelling story that I actually read several months ago, and have never forgotten. Enid and Stephen were both such likeable characters. Enid was strong, independent, pragmatic, and didn't want to feel anything for the man who hurt and abandoned her years ago. Stephen was warm, caring and passionate. Nothing like the man Enid remembers. To say their love scenes were intensely erotic would be an understatement. The premise of her nursing him back to health from the brink of death is always one I enjoy reading. Unlike most books from this genre, the plot twist in this book is not one you're likely to figure out, or at least I didn't. Plus the intrigue, which was very predominant in this story, was really well done. Ms. Dodd's trademark humor was virtually missing here as I recall, but that isn't a negative in this case. This book is exceptional, and will remain on my keeper shelf along with the rest of this series. It remains a favorite of mine.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
It gets NO BETTER than this! 1 July 2003
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Enid MacLean had been estranged from her husband for nine years. She survived by nursing those extremely ill. Then, out of the blue, she received word that an explosion had injured her husband. He was not expected to live, but Enid agreed to do her duty and try to nurse him back to health. Except for his distinctive green eyes, the man she nursed had changed.
When he first opened his eyes he believed Enid to be an angel. But the pain proved that he was NOT in heaven. The explosion took away his memory. He did not recognize his good friends or his own wife. Worse yet, the blast had not been an accident. Someone feared the knowledge locked away in his mind.
***** What can I say? It is by Christina Dodd, so you KNOW it will be great! I opened the book with that thought in mind. I closed the book only when the last page had been read. Yes, it is THAT good! A wonderful way to release yourself from your troubles, at least temporarily. *****
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A bit purple in the prose... 20 Mar. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I looked forward to buying this book, because I liked the story idea. I'm a sucker for the amnesia angle, I have to admit. I found it in the Atlanta airport a day before its official release, and read it on a trip to Las Vegas. I finished it, but just barely, and more than once I was tempted to just leave it unfinished somewhere for someone else to bother with. I thought the writing was awful, and I didn't like the characters very much. I can't understand being immediately physically attracted to the man when he's gaunt, physically wasted, heavily bandaged, and very near death. It was apparently supposed to be some mystic psychic connection that arced between the two as soon as she laid eyes on his unconscious form, as far as I can tell. I could understand feeling pity and sympathy, and I can understand Enid wanting to do her best for him as a conscientious nurse, but I didn't believe that instant attraction at all. I also have a tough time with the thought that he was so far gone physically, but within a pretty short period of time he's Greek statue perfect, with relatively little effort that could accomplish this feat. I don't understand why the relationship had to start out on such an unrealistic note, rather than growing over time as they each see things in the other that they would come to admire, respect, and love. Enid certainly had every reason to hate her husband, based on the awful things he'd done to her, and the position he'd left her in when he walked out on her. Enid would constantly reflect back on those things, but they seemed to have no real impact or relevance to her, and they certainly had no real effect on her behavior. I just didn't believe in the characters' relationship, I didn't believe in its foundations, and I didn't believe in its growth. As noted in the title, above, I thought the prose was a bit over the top. It was like the writer was trying to drag me up the mountain, rather than letting the writing carry me along more naturally and freely. I don't know if this review will prove helpful. I just found the book annoying, and I was all the more disappointed for having so anticipated reading it with pleasure.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Best in the Lot!!!! 15 Feb. 2006
By Avid-Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read Publisher's Weekly review on this book, and they called it a weak entry. Did we read the same book? Lost in Your Arms is one of the best Christine Dodd books I've read. Infact this book made me her fan. I read this one first not realizing it was a series, I hope the rest of them are this good!

Enid Seymore was no stranger to life's hardships, the orphaned bastard child of a nobleman, thought luck was finally in her favor when she met and married the handsome, and charming Stephen Maclean, but soon realized that this was no fairy tale and Stephen was far from the knight in shining armor she thought he was. When her husband cast her off after 3 months of marriage, and left her with all his debts, Enid was forced to find work as an assistant to a village doctor. Now a nurse companion 9 years later, Enid recieves a message that her no good husband is badly injured and she is needed to nurse him back to health. The last thing Enid wanted was to meet Stephen again, but she dutifully nurses him back from the brink off death, only to realize that he has amnesia and can't remember her at all. Besides his familiar green eyes, this man is unlike the spoiled, rotten, and selfish man she married 9 years ago.

Maclean was sure he would have remembered having Enid as a wife, who would forget having a beautiful and saucey wife sleeping next to him at night. But yet for the life of him he couldn't remember a thing about her or of the life she claimed he lived. He didn't gamble as she claimed he loved to do, and he would never cast off his wife as she said he did. All he knows is that whatever secrets are locked away in his memory, someone is trying to kill him to make sure they are never revealed...

Lost In Your Arms, is a beautiful love story that I have read over and over again, once you start you can't put it down until your finished!
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