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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Warner Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446799211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446799218
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,881,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By miss marple on 15 Oct. 2012
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One of my all time favorites.I read this in my teens and never forgot it,i have just read it again and my opinion has not changed.Marietta Danver transported to America to be sold as a slave, after being wrongly accused of theft.
She is bought at auction by Derek Hawke a handsome troubled planter to be his house keeper.Jeff Rawlins a happy go lucky traveler who supplies girls to the new orleans red light district.Her love for both men brings adventure and tradegy.A great story which has not lost its intrigue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By seeta55 on 12 April 2011
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Read this book as a child...loved it...I was looking for it for ages found it after a very long search...brilliant book a must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aybee on 8 Jun. 2014
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I read this under the desk at school in science aged 14, and under the sheets with a torch until I finished it. I lost my copy during a house move. I'm so happy to have it in my collection again. A brilliant read!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eprocque on 8 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
A very exciting book, well written and enjoyable from start to finish, I could not put this book down. This is the best historical romance I have ever read.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Whew! What a great read! 17 Mar. 2005
By Buffalo Gal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most enticing romance novels I've ever read. The plot moves quickly, the story is exciting and the characters almost jump out of the pages because Wilde makes them seem so real.

Aside from the amazing plot, which other reviewers have done a fabulous job covering, I'd like to comment on the characters, especially Marietta and Derek. I love the fact that they're flawed and Wilde still makes us accept them and we want to see them succeed, in spite of the numerous mistakes they make along the way. So many times, especially in romance novels, you read about characters that are so simplistic, with love being the only driving force.

Wilde doesn't fall into that trap, and created characters so rich and complex, you're drawn in from the very beginning. I love how Derek is a dark, brooding work in progress who must come to terms with his own personal demons before he can become the man Marietta already loves. I admire Marietta for her intelligence and practicality, coupled with her enormous survival instinct and ability to love in spite of many hardships. These characters have such a wonderful, raw chemistry that really drives the plot.

The book does have a few faults, though, namely some of the dialogue, which seems a bit contrived at times. Also, the ending isn't 100% satisfying; it leaves you hanging, with only a few paragraphs devoted to the conclusion readers will have longed for since the first third of the novel.

I was thrilled to find out there are two other books to the series and can't wait to read them, although another Amazon reviewer gave away a key storyline for the second book in its review section. What a shame! But I'm still looking forward to reading more about Marietta's adventures, and grateful to have been exposed to this fantastic piece of literature.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
CLASSIC! 23 July 2012
By E. B. MULLIGAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Gosh I loved this book - read it when I was 15 and remember it vividly today!

Marietta Danver Trilogy:
Love's Tender Fury (1976)
Love Me, Marietta (1981)
When Love Commands (1984)

I know I read these stand alone novels:
Dare to Love (1978)
Once More, Miranda (1983)

Will have to get these as I don't think I read them:
Angel in Scarlet (1986)
The Slipper (1987)
They Call Her Dana (1989)

looked up on wikipedia the author died in 1990

And other titles under different names -

As Edwina Marlow
The Master of Phoenix Hall (1968)
Falconridge (1969)
When Emmalyn Remembers (1970)
The Lady of Lyon House (1970)
Danger At Dahlkari (1975)
Midnight At Mallyncourt (1975)

As Beatrice Parker
Come to Castlemoor (1970)
Betrayal At Blackcrest (1971)
Stranger By the Lake (1971)
Wherever Lynn Goes (1975)
Jamintha (1975)

As T. E. Huff
Nine Bucks Row (1973) aka 'Susannah'
Beware Meet a Dark Stranger (1974) aka 'Whisper in the Darkness'

As Katherine St. Clair
Room Beneath the Stairs (1975)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Love's Tender Fury 11 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book was the first romance that I ever read. It is still,twenty years later,one of my favorite books. Recently I took it to work and so far four of my friends have read it and were also very impressed. I plan to read the book again in the near future if I can ever get it back from my friends!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I Love Jennifer Wilde! 26 Oct. 2001
By Laurie E. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have read several of Jennifer Wilde's books, and have now started tackling the Marietta trilogy, which only in these days of the Internet, have I been able to track down used copies.
Love's Tender Fury is an entertaining read. Reading it in the political correct times of the post-90s, Derek is extremely racist and not a very nice guy. I loved Marietta, but didn't really understand what she saw in Derek. I loved her husband, Rawlins, who in my opinion was the real romantic hero of the story. He had a sense of humor, a dark side and wasn't boring.
Jennifer Wilde tends to write about characters who have been around the block a time or two, a refreshing change from the run-of-the-mill recent romances these days with simpering virgins from the ton. Valerie Sherwood is another out-of-print author who writes heroines similar to Jennifer Wilde's characters.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Think it over, Marietta! 14 Jun. 2006
By Cecilia Sheppard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my all-time favorite romance novels. It's hard to believe that the author, Jennifer Wilde, is really a man named Tom Huff! In retrospect, there are a few clues that give away his gender, but overall, he did a fine job of telling the story from a woman's point of view. I was lukewarm about Derek Hawke; after his unforgivable reaction to Marietta helping the slaves escape, I began to seriously root for his rival, Jeff Rawlins. I agree that the end of the story was a bit unsatisfying; the readers would have liked a little more detail (although there are two sequels). Marietta is one of the few romance heroines I've actually liked; she's level-headed and always has an eye to protecting herself, although she is compassionate. She is totally unlike Kathleen Woodiwiss's wimpy girls who don't know chalk from cheese. (No offense to Ms. Woodiwiss; "The Flame and the Flower" and "Elusive Flame" rank among my favorites in spite of the heroines.) In short, this is a thoroughly enjoyable read and will have you hungering for the sequels.
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