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The Bookseller's Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Pam Rosenthal

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"She taps into the stuff of female fantasies: an empowered heroine to bring men to their knees and a handsome. sexy, strong, yet sensitive hero. Rosenthal has a glittering future in the genre."

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The worst of times, the most passionate of loves.

In her family’s bookshop, Marie-Laure Vernet had adventure, romance, and mystery at her fingertips. And intrigue, in the form of an enigmatic stranger as unsettlingly attractive as the scandalous books he smuggled. But he disappeared, and so did the bookshop’s meager fortunes.

Forced to work as a scullery maid, Marie-Laure struggles to keep the china in one piece—and herself away from the aristocrats’ wandering hands. Until unexpectedly, the Duc’s estranged son comes home, and Marie-Laure once again finds herself face-to-face with the fascinating stranger.

Joseph has braved every conceivable danger during his secret adventures outside France, but he knows no one is in greater peril than a pretty servant in the employ of his lecherous father. And the only way to protect her is to pretend to be her lover.

Behind his bedroom door, their chaste friendship blooms into a connection more erotic than the stories in any forbidden book. But desire, even love, may not be enough to overcome the forces society has arrayed against them…

Warning: Contains a relationship between a couple who love books almost as much as they love each other.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 543 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (28 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CE7B31W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #393,444 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensually Stimulating and Rich Historical 21 Feb 2004
By M. Rondeau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Setting - France 1783 (six years before the French Revolution)
We are originally introduced to Marie-Laure as a scullery maid ordered to serve tea to the aristocratic family she was working for. She is nervous enough but more so when she recognizes the younger son, Viscount Joseph d'Auvers-Raimond as the wounded book smuggler of outlawed and banned books that she and her brother had cared for one night, only to have had him disappear the next day. During that short time they cared for him, she became aware of him as a man and he, mostly in an unconscious state, inspired in her an awakening response that was so passionate in nature that she knew that the betrothal to a friend of her brothers could never be. Consequently, after the death of her father and no marriage in the offing, she was reduced to earning her way. Unfortunately, for a beautiful young woman, this involved fighting off unwanted advances from both servants and aristocrats.
Joseph recognized Marie-Laure, and was determined to do something to save her from the advances he knew his father and brother would be making and planned that he would save her by staging a tryst before they got to her. As embarrassing as the public tryst was, Marie-Laure agreed to playing the part of his mistress as they innocently spent their evenings in discussions of literature. Soon, though they each began thinking of more enticing ways to spend the time as they fell in love and after Marie-Laures innocent but provocative seduction of Joseph the nights were most definitely spent in more than discussions. But as all romances go between aristocrats and servants, jealousies and hatreds would tear the two lovers apart as betrayals abound and a murder mystery needed to be solved.

I think that for the readers who like a wealth of historical aspects thrown in to embellish their romances this book will certainly fill the bill and they will appreciate the many references made as well as the authors notes at the back of this story. The author writes in a very erotic tone both in the present, and then when separated, as letters were sent back and forth. As encompassing as the love story between the two protagonists is the author instills through the historical references, the heroines own independent spirit and mood of the common people over the excesses of the aristocracy in pre-revolutionary France. I found this to be an exceptional read that lovers of historical romances should flock to the stores to pick up and I recommend it most highly as both sensually stimulating with lush prose and captivating characters.--- Submitted by Marilyn, Official Reviewer for [...]
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and erotic... 17 Aug 2005
By CoffeeGurl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've had this book on my to-read pile for almost a year and finally decided to give it a whirl. The Bookseller's Daughter sucked me in and didn't let go until its final page. This is the story of Marie-Laure Vernet, a young, passionate, bookish daughter of a bookshop owner who has a strong, profound connection with a book smuggler who turns out to be an aristocrat. She tends to his wounded leg when he enters her shop and meets him again after her father dies, loses the bookshop and is forced to work as a maid for an aristocratic family. The attraction is undeniable and Viscomte Joseph d'Auvers-Raimond decides to take her into his room every night and pass her off as his mistress so as to protect her from his father and brother, who cannot resist a pretty maid. At first, their nights together are nothing more than intellectual discussions about literature, politics and Joseph regaling Marie-Laure with tales of his adventures as a roguish libertine. But then their nights become passionate ones of sensual, erotic sex and development of loving feelings for one another. However, things soon get in the way -- marriage, aristocratic titles, murder and revenge being just a few of their many obstacles. There are various twists throughout the novel.

I agree with the reviewers that say that Marie-Laure and Joseph spend most of the novel apart. I did not mind that bit because it gave the story and its main characters seem like star-crossed lovers, which is refreshing in a romance novel. After all, we all more or less know that the protagonists will end up together, why not add a different flavor? I loved their love letters -- Joseph's erotic ones as well as Marie-Laure's intimate and loving ones. The letters were indeed romantic. As for the sex scenes, I thought they were very well written and scrumptiously erotic. The reviewer who said that the sex scenes were vulgar, trashy and full of F words must have read a different book. Then again, perhaps I am so used to reading books in which the authors don't bother to sugarcoat their sex scenes with G-rated euphemisms and instead choose a more uninhibited, bolder approach to erotic romance that the scenes in this book seem incredibly mild in comparison. The scenes are sensual, erotic and smoldering at times. The protagonists are great and Rosenthal did a wonderful job differentiating the commoners from the aristocrats and their friction during those times. The backdrop of France before the French Revolution was also great. However, there are some blatant anachronisms in this novel that were difficult to overlook. And the dialogue in the story sounded too modern at times, a common problem with historical romances. All in all, The Bookseller's Daughter is a curl-up-under-the-covers book that you'll want to give a whirl. I recommend it most highly...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading Between the Lines 31 May 2013
By Rudolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a different take on the tried and true story line. Set in France prior to the Revolution, it has the regency feel, but not the regent. France had its own unique aristocratic culture which is not usually taken up in this genre. However, the author did an excellent job capturing the nuances of French society and the tinderbox nature of relations between the aristocracy and the common man or woman as the case may be.

In many of the regency books the hero is portrayed as a hard working manager of estates and investments. Here we get true decadent French aristocratic somnolence. The appeal of the heroine, while not just skin deep to our hero, is her independence and intelligence. She wants to make something of herself but is faced with the choice of being taken care of by her protector or pursuing her own happiness. She works as a scullery maid and dreams of opening up a bookstall to again sell the books she loves. Where the story takes an interesting turn is the need for the hero, the younger son to marry for convenience. Joseph, our hero, sees the perfect solution, marriage and a mistress. Marie, our heroine, sees a chance to make something of herself. The story moves from provincial France to cosmopolitan France and does a good job making the transition.

A subplot of murder and evil in-laws makes for trying times for Joseph as well as for Marie. Sub-characters are good as well, Joseph's father, mother, brother and sister-in-law add good sub-plot.

There is a nice blend of the American Revolution included and adds a nice touch. Ben Franklin makes a cameo appearance.

This was an excellent book with good character development. I highly recommend it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mediocre 24 April 2005
By A. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While I enjoyed this book, I found it clumsy at times. In the first half, the two main characters have very little interaction with each other on-screen, which sometimes made it feel like nothing was really happening. Also, the story had a common problem of historical romances in which the characters are thoroughly (almost stereotypically) modern and don't fit their historical context. Both heroine and her love interest seemed a bit too uptight to be true, in their own ways (not sexually, though, the sex was all right). There were some small but jarring anachronisms in the setting, too. Otherwise, it was kind of a fun book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An average read 4 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I liked the setting of the book and Joseph was a refreshingly diffrent hero. I however had problems with Marie Laure's characterisation and her quest for freedom and independence towards the end.
I also dont like novels where the hero and heroine are separated for a long period of time, and in this book they did not have any scenes together for almost a hundred pages in between! Hence the three stars.
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