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Sarah's Child Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2001
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"Ms. Howard is an extraordinary talent whose mastery allows her to deliver unforgettable novels richly flavored with scintillating sensuality..".-- Romantic Times
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this is an emotional story with some good secondary characters that certainly deserve their own story!Sarah is such a passive women (i admit at times i wanted to shake her!),though towards the end of the story we see her strong inner core, which really only makes the story stronger. Rome is a somewhat aggressive, dark character, but who wouldnt be after the tragic death of their wife and sons? i thought a particular strong point in the story was where rome moved away from sarah when he felt the baby kick and continued to avoid even simple intimacies with his wife. the only criticism i have with this book is that perhaps the ending could have been extended. though i truly enjoyed the extremly emotional final chapter of the book.
overall this is a fantastic story that was a fast paced emotional ride.i truly enjoyed it and would recommend it.its a keeper for me!!
This book is basically a story about a man who loses his family in an awful accident. We sympathise wtih him, and understand him, but I don't find his treatment of the heroine noble or sympathetic at all. The fact is, he becomes an emotional coward, and drags the heroine down into his never-ending spiral of self-pity and paranoia.
I also find it hard to believe that a man who was such a loving father would be capable of literally ignoring the existence of his new-born baby. I mean, the man refuses to even look at it, won't stay in the same room with it, completely ignores it's crying for hours when his wife is unable to look after it because of illness, and while she is pregnant, makes absolutely no concession to her condition at all - he literally pretends that there is no pregnancy or child, and expects her to do the same. When she doesn't, he sulks and has tantrums, and stalks out of the house to pout! Quite frankly, I like a bit more emotional depth and maturity in a man than this. My advice - don't bother. Get some of her more recent ones.
I would have given this book five stars if it weren't for the fact that this was published in the mid 80s, and it shows!
Sarah has loved Rome, the male lead, since she first met him, but had to look on from afar as her best friend married him and had a family with him. They never really interacted until sometime after her best friends death. After an eventful reunion, Rome offers to marry her. Linda Howard (LH) manages to construct only a flimsy reason for his offer of marriage, but of course she accepts. The rest of the book follows them through the first few months or so of their marriage, and the events that follow.
Sarah is very needy and has Rome on a pedestal, which is the case with many female heroines in romances published around this time, and which I find very irritating- no matter how horrible the male lead is, the female lead always seemed to be written as an ever-forgiving, loving doormat. And Rome IS horrible, very horrible quite a few times.
But at the same time the romance of it all is quite gripping, and in LH's usual way the heart stopping love scenes and romantic interludes have you hooked. The way Rome cares for her in a very cro-magnon, 'me man me throw rock take care of woman' way, is addictive to read.
Definitely a book to add to your collection if you are an LH follower. If this is your first LH book, be aware that her first books were very much like this, but as her books progressed to the 90s and then the 21st century, her female heroines developed and became much more sassy and much less needy, so don't despair!
I don't want to read about someone treating a woman and his baby so horribly, while she takes everything he dishes out. Why not move onto someone whose going to treat you well?
There are many reviews on this book on the US Amazon site and 16 out of 64 gave it one star. There is a reason for this!!
My favourite Linda Howard book is 'After the Night'.
If you're trying your first Howard book try that one, not this. If you do, you probably won't buy any of her others!
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