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Star-Crossed Summer [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Stanley
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Summer 1815. Gloucestershire heiress Beth Tremoille is impoverished by her scheming stepmother. Now a blacksmith’s mistress, she steals money paid by handsome, rich and ruthless Sir Guy Valmer, who considers the Tremoille inheritance to be his. Unknown to Beth, he means to force her into marriage after finding a missing will that reinstates her as her father’s heir. Fearing arrest for stealing, she flees to London, where several brushes with Guy make her realise how physically drawn to him she is. But fear makes her flee again, and under a false name she leases a remote house on the coast of Exmoor. There, believing herself safe, she meets a new love, wealthy landowner Landry Haldane, with whom she embarks upon a passionate affair; but Guy is still on her trail, and is gradually drawing closer. When he finally catches her, she will have to choose her destiny.

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An exciting and unusual Historical Romance which you will not want to put down. 5 Red Roses! Enjoy!!
-- Red Roses for Authors - 7th August 2008

From the Author

Be warned, gentle reader, this book contains more than mere kisses; far more...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 533 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale (31 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XGOSE
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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To begin with, yes, I am SARAH STANLEY, but I am also SANDRA HEATH, SANDRA WILSON and JEANNIE MACHIN. Under these names I write Regency romances of varying kinds, from traditional to fantasy, time travel and myths and legends. My backlist is very long indeed. Only Sarah Stanley is slightly different - she writes slightly saucier stories that are more historical novels which happen to be set in the Regency period.

My fifth pen name is SANDRA HEATH WILSON, and in that guise I write medieval novels, consisting at the moment of the Cicely Plantagenet series.

Complicated? I hope not, because I want readers to enjoy everything I write. But readers deserve to know if an author is present under different names. I like to think so anyway.

Writing is my life. Without it I would be utterly miserable. Countless stories jostle for their moment, but I cannot write all of them. I wish I could. However, those I do write are available to anyone and everyone who appreciates a good tale. I am proud to be a storyteller, and have never wished to be anything else. Apart from wife, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, babysitter and general housewife, of course. The time that is left is devoted to the written word. Long may it remain so.

Read and have fun.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done! 27 Jan. 2009
By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE
Set in 1815. Jane had been a soiled dove lucky enough to marry wealthy Esmond Tremoille. Upon Esmond's death, Jane made sure she would get everything by doing away with the lawyer and torching his office. But rumor has it that Esmond had drawn up another will, revoking the one Jane has and leaving all to his daughter, Elizabeth "Beth". Jane had tossed Beth out last year and waits for her year of bereavement to be done so she can wed Lord (Thomas) Welland.

Sir Guy Valmer of Greylake is determined to claim Tremoille House, which had once belonged to his family. He needs only to find the second will and then marry Beth, by force if need be. Locating Beth is the harder of the two, because she knows Sir Guy is hunting her.

Beth had come across the dead body of the man taking Jane's money to the bank. Though Beth did not kill the man, she did steal the money. She leaves half the money for Jake Mannacott, the blacksmith she had been with since Jane kicked her out. With the other half, Jane goes to London. When Sir Guy finds her in London, Beth flees to the coast of Exmoor and leases the Dower House. It is there Beth meets wealthy landowner Landry Haldane. Once Beth feels safe, she allows herself to be with Landry even though she secretly longs for Sir Guy. Unknown to Beth though, Sir Guy has finally found her again.

***** Author Sarah Stanley keeps the story realistic to its time setting. I never found a flaw, though I admit that there are a bit too many coincidences. The secondary characters are almost as well developed as the main characters. Each personality has several layers, much like a real person. The story so well written that I found myself hating the wicked stepmother, and loving every moment of it, only to later actually start feeling a bit sorry for her.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable historical drama -- 18 Oct. 2008
Some fictional characters are so extraordinary they expand way beyond the pages in which they live. Think of a female British adventuress and you think first of Moll Flanders. Until now. Moll has met her match in Beth Tremoille--sometimes known as Alabeth Alder or Beth Mannacott. There's good reason for all these names as the young woman who uses them must run and fight for her very existence through trauma and turmoil enough for twenty such as she. Her creator, Sarah Stanley, is a welcome addition to the ranks of magnificent story-tellers with this family saga that includes romance, suspense and adventure.

Ms. Stanley is a masterful weaver, keeping the various story lines clear and untangled, even when the characters from one skein mix with another one. There are young and old, rich and poor, titled and commoners, innocent and evil. Sometimes almost all of these traits may be found in one person. But yet, there is humor as well, and sympathy for people thrust into situations beyond their normal existence, forcing untoward behavior on occasion.

The England of 1815 was not always a nice or pretty place to live. The war with Napoleon was finally over, but unemployment was rampant, and the economy was slowing. This affected everyone at every level of society. People of every rank found themselves doing things they'd never before considered, and the author is superb at mining these motivations to their fullest, in order to expose the human frailties to which we're all subject.

In some ways, this is a gritty, rather than a pretty story, but it is honest, and in the end, truthful. It may not be for the very faint at heart, or those looking for a beautiful day spent in the bucolic countryside. What it is -- is unforgettable. It would also make for a superb multi-episode filmed costume drama. Very few of the relationships are satisfactorily resolved in this book. Rumor has it there will be a continuation volume in the next few months. Hooray!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Aaargh! 6 Nov. 2013
By Alik
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Once I start a book I feel some sort of moral obligation to finish it. Having read this book in its entirety I am now on the hunt for a self-help book on "how to kick a bad habit". Never before have I rolled my eyes so much nor have I been more suprised to find out there's a sequel to this book. If you read for pleasure and love getting lost in a good story then please don't buy this book. If you think that gratuitous sex, a dire story line and a "heroine" who spends her waking hours fantasising about her "stalker" are the perfect ingredients for a good read then this is right up your street. As for me, the sequel will not be featuring on my list to Santa!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Star Crossed Summer 25 Aug. 2013
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This book (I only read the first few pages) seems to concentrate on sexual matters rather than story content. This ruined it completely for me as there was really no need for it. It added nothing to the story.
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By Morgain
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This could have been a pleasant Regency romance, and better than most because the author includes some solid research on contemporary politics and economics.
There is an uneasy mix of material on poor people, and how they were so horribly exploited, together with the more usual glamour of fashion, balls, drawling aristocrats. But somehow we manage to stay mainly in the comforting fantasy of beautiful heroine and hero, with happily employe servants. How I do like this author's inclusion of servants, because so many omit their essential presence.

What ruins the book is how it attempts to be romance + porn. There is a large readership for both, and probably some overlap. But generally we go to either one or the other, one at a time. The delicate glamour of a historical romance, with its play on manners, doesn't mix well for most of us, with pubic hair and penises.
I assume this was an experiment. It seems as if a large dollop of crude and overblown porn is inserted at set intervals, in a mechanical way.
This probably appeals to a niche of readers as an innovative mixture.

For the rest of us it works better to keep the two genres separate. When this author does pure historical romance she does it excellently. Check out SANDRA WILSON, JEANNIE MACHIN and SANDRA HEATH WILSON - they are the same author and she can well outdo Heyer when at her best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The storyline is not strong enough and there is too much gratuitous sex. Did not hold my attention at all.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs M Short
4.0 out of 5 stars Star-crossed summer
Slow to start but got more enjoyable further on. Lots of twists and turns along the way. Would recommend this.
Published 10 months ago by Hayley Luckhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars The first in a two book saga....
Great romantic, dramatic story; definitely a chick only read but I loved it!! When I finished it, I straightaway googled for a sequel, found it, downloaded it to my kindle and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs J E Coates
5.0 out of 5 stars Star-Crossed summer
Great story from beginning to end.Really enjoyed this book.First book I have read from this author.Will certainly read more from sarah.
Published 19 months ago by Ladybird
5.0 out of 5 stars Fanulous read
First book I have read by this author and absolutely amazing, could not put tne book down. Characters in the book were so interesting.
Published 19 months ago by Anne Glenister
4.0 out of 5 stars Star crossed Summer
This was a very easy read and I did enjoy it as a quick read. What more can I say.
Published 19 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Star-crossed summer
Great story line, lived it, and enjoyed every moment. Characters were believable and you had ones you liked and ones you didn't. Enjoyed it so much, I bought the sequel.
Published 19 months ago by Ruth newnham
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read, would thoroughly recommend
After reading the first chapter, I was struggling as this is not normally my kind of book, but from the second chapter until the last chapter I was hooked and couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mrs Jean M Reeve
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