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I Do, I Do, I Do (Beeler) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Sep 2001
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You have Juliet/Clara/Zoe three very different women with flaws and strengths but by the end all overcome their weakneses deep within and learn and become better from their experience. The growth that develops along with their friendship is fun to read. It happens with good humor thrown in throughout the book and each gets an interesting male partner. Their developing relationship is just as interesting as their developing love lives.
There wasn't a boring wasted moment in this story and you end up rooting for each and every one of them. Who knew that an author could write a great story without making a silly villain or some jealous rage over a third party.
In this book you'll mostly find internal conflict with definite action in the survival of mother nature and each other.
It does take a while to get into the characters and to get the actual plot moving -- 3 women discover they are married to the same man who has disappeared with their money and they decide to follow him to the Yukon where he is joining the gold rush. It did take me a while to identify with the women and I found them to be annoying at first. But I grew to admire their tenacity and perseverance. More importantly, they made me laugh. This book contains one (okay two) of the funniest love scenes I've read. And, I found it very, very interesting to read about the Yukon gold rush and what people had to go through to get there. As a matter of fact, I found a web site that has some good pics and maps to show where the characters in this book travel .
I would recommend this book and it is worth the read for the last third of the book.
So now the book is sitting on my sister's dresser...
Jean married three different women, stayed with each one maybe a few months, borrowed some money from them, and then disappeared. The three women accidentally meet while they are following him. They dislike each other but decide to proceed together. They learn that Jean went to Alaska/Canada to search for gold in the Yukon. The women board a ship to Alaska and spend several months traveling by foot through snow and cold and a mountain to reach Dawson where they hope to find Jean. Zoe has her rifle and plans to kill him. She doesn't mind if she will hang for it.
Juliette is an heiress from a small town in California. She is trim, prim, and proper. She's sheltered and not well suited for hiking. Prior to Jean, she believed men only wanted her for her money and she never had a love interest. Clara is a large-boned apple-cheeked German woman who owned an inn. She's smart, pragmatic, and physically strong. She sold the inn just before her trip to find Jean. Beautiful Zoe grew up in a coal mining town. Her family was large, loving, and poor. She was ashamed of where she came from and wanted to better herself. She moved to Seattle, worked in a store, and then met and married Jean.
This is romance, but it's not typical romance. I liked it because it is different. I enjoyed the relationship development among the women as well as the love relationships with men. The women start off hating each other but end up forming a close loving bond. They travel through extreme hardships and overcome obstacles which changes them and how they feel about themselves and others. I liked seeing how the women changed.
On this trip, they each meet a man who is perfect for them. The men truly love them and treat them wonderfully. I was a little uncomfortable about the women lying to the men. They didn't want anyone to know they were all married to Jean, and they promised each other they would keep the secret. So I was uncomfortable when they had sex with their new loves without telling them they were married. I was thinking 3 ½ stars. But the ending was so sweet and happy and made me feel good, that it was easy to round up to 4 stars. And now when I think of this book, I feel good. It's because of the ending and the change the women went through. You might say the book is better after you've finished reading it than while you are reading it.
There were some really cute scenes. For example, when Clara first meets Bear, he calls her a little lady. She melts with pleasure, because no one has ever called her "little." All six characters are nicely done and engaging. There are a handful of sex scenes. Two of them are very funny, and also loving.
Story length: 346 pages. Swearing language: mild. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 5. Total number of sex scene pages: 12. Setting: 1897 mostly Alaska and Canada, but also California, Oregon, and Washington. Copyright: 2000. Genre: historical romance.
I've read the following Maggie Osborne books. Dates are copyright dates.
4 stars. The Promise of Jenny Jones 1997
3 stars. A Stranger's Wife 1999
4 stars. I Do, I Do, I Do