Some Enchanted Season Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 1998
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"Marilyn Pappano [has a] gift for extraordinary storytelling."
Praise for Some Enchanted Season
"This uplifting tale is for everyone who believes in love."
"A gripping novel of lost dreams, rekindled love and the redemption found in forgiveness.Pappano's wonderfully drawn characters will delight the readers....Pappano is truly an exceptional storyteller."
--CompuServe Romance Reviews
"The story evokes deep emotions and powerful feelings....Riveting."
Praise for Marilyn Pappano's novels:
"A heartwarming holiday tale.The ending leaves readers uplifted and with a warm, fuzzy It's-a-Wonderful-Life feeling."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Season for Miracles
"This one is a delight from the beginning.Completely emotionally fulfilling."
--Rendezvous on Season for Miracles
"Superb storyteller Marilyn Pappano will electrify fans with this gut-wrenching and emotionally complex thriller that showcases her unique talents."
--Romantic Times on Suspicion
"A well-plotted tale...a dark and intriguing mainstream romance that is as sultry as its setting."
--Library Journal on In Sinful Harmony"
From the Inside Flap
Sometimes miracles do happen.
When Maggie left her husband Ross that fateful Christmas Eve, their marriage was over. But a near fatal accident on an ice-slick road changed everything.
Now another Christmas approaches. While Maggie hasn't regained all her memory, she's ready to test her strength at home--with Ross as her only companion. Sharing a house with him once more, putting on the best face for their neighbors, Maggie knows she's living a lie.
Then she glimpses Ross as he used to be: playful and passionate, the man of her dreams before ambition changed him. She couldn't know he's feeling the same regrets, the same heartache...or that he fears the return of her memory. What will happen when she remembers the reason she fled from him last year?
It will take a miracle to send the walls of anger and secrecy tumbling down and reunite the divided couple. But in the small town of Bethlehem, miracles do happen....
Top Customer Reviews
However, though she is physically much better, Maggie suffers from amnesia as a result of the blow to her head. When it is time for her to be released, her doctor suggests Ross take her back to their Bethlehem home so that little will spark her memories. Ross regrets what he did to his beloved Maggie before the accident. He tries his best to make it up to her by helping her regain her memory. Even as he gives her the ultimate gift, Ross knows that when she regains what she lost, he will lose everything that he cherishes in life.
Marilyn Pappano has deservedly earned a reputation for her fabulous story lines that always thrill readers. Her current contemporary romance, SOME ENCHANTED SEASON, is a spellbinder that will elate fans with its holiday message. Ross is a warm character, whose regrets will fill every reader's stockings with plenty of angst. Maggie is also a magnificent protagonist, leaving fans of contemporary romance with no reason to not spend and enchanted evening with Ms. Pappano.
Ross didn't recognize the battered woman on the gurney as his wife. Only her emerald stud earrings gave him a clue as to her identity. After countless surgeries and nine months in therapy, Maggie is ready to leave the hospital, her mind erased of the events in the year preceding her accident. On the advice of her doctor, Ross reluctantly agrees to accompany Maggie back to Bethlehem. Due to her physical handicaps and her spotty memory, it is unclear if Maggie would ever be able to live on her own. But what would a man used to 100-hour workweeks do in the little town of Bethlehem?
Maggie felt lost when she first arrived in Bethlehem. Nothing looked familiar to her. Neither the house she had remodeled months before the accident nor the neighbors who welcomed her home with open arms. But she felt the oddest sense of homecoming as she entered the house and she knew that she never wanted to leave here again. With Ross by her side, Maggie knew that there was nothing she couldn't tackle. But did he want to remain by her side?
Facing three months alone with the woman he had once loved to distraction, Ross didn't know if they could remain civil through the Christmas holidays. But as time passed and old hurts begin to fade, Ross caught glimpses of the enchanting woman that he loved all those years before. But was it really too late to save their marriage?Read more ›
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This book made me sit back and reflect what a truly marvelous creature a woman is in both her mistakes and her triumphs.
Maggie & Ross met in college. They're poor but so happily in love. They marry against Maggie's mom's wish. Because their family support is nonexistent, they only have one another to lean on. Maggie dropped out of her studies to get a job, mostly menial ones, to support Ross' education. It doesn't take too long for him to succeed, first a millionaire, then a billionaire. Ross' material success is inversely proportional to their degree of happiness. Success has gone to Ross' head, eaten his soul, so that he undergoes a personality change and expects the same of Maggie.
Per Ross' demand and to reflect the high gloss of newly-minted wealth, she had to change her simple lifestyle and drop her humble, goofy friends. Maggie's laughter, happiness and finally her dreams just died slowly but surely. Bye-bye to babies-and-dog dreams because it wasn't what Ross wanted. Work and the drive for bigger and better is what grips him. The mansion they lived in, the parties they gave, even vacations they took were really image-enhancement exercises rather than fun activities. Maggie keeps getting pushed out to the hinterlands of Ross' life. She became such a peripheral figure that when he's not home, she could not even reach him directly but had to go through a cordon of employees who took her messages and gave her Ross' replies, if he had any. The same employees/assistants picked out Ross' presents for Maggie for personal occasions like Christmas, birthdays & anniversaries. The only thing Ross chose by himself were pieces for Maggie's splendid jewelry collection because this is supposed to be an investment and therefore required his business acumen. Oh, and by the way, the said assistants treated Maggie with amused contempt because they're taking cue from the boss to whom Maggie is clearly an insignificant other.
I really don't understnad nor does the book explain why Maggie allowed this parody of a marriage to last this long- 15 years! I guess that's how long it took for love and hope to finally die out? The only really good thing she got out of this marriage was going back to college for a degree. Shortly after this, she asks for a divorce and Ross agrees to it. There is to be no acrimonious ending for this civilized couple. Their worst exchange is angry sniping sarcasm which never really deteriorates into ugly scenes. There's to be no loose ends in the termination of their marriage so Ross makes sure she will receive a very hefty payout including a gracious old house in a distant quaint little town of her choice. He even checks out her new home just to be sure it passes muster.
At this point Maggie is in her mid-30s and has few illusions left. She just wants to move past Ross and their sterile life on to a new happier horizon - mainly, by having the kids she's always wanted, either through Mr. Nice Guy if she ever meets him or the more expedient sperm bank. Again, Ross generously wishes her well in this endeavor, nice.
If Maggie has one shiny idea left about Ross, it is that he has not supplanted her with another woman. She is very grateful for this. Work as the wedge coming between them is apparently less painful, far more acceptable.
And so, all conditions for an amicable divorce in place, Maggie spends her last Christmas with Ross at her new home, her first Christmas there. To help celebrate, her best friend and husband is invited along. During the gift-giving, Maggie notices that Ross' present for her best friend is custom-wrapped by the famous jeweler who provides Maggie's baubles. Curious, Maggie and the friend's husband urges her to open it, overcoming the friend's apparent reluctance. And lo and behold, a staggering bracelet made of 12 carats of flawless diamonds & sapphire is revealed. Perfect for Maggie's blue-eyed friend. But such an embarrassment of riches. Why?
And thus, to quote the bard, conscience doth make cowards of us all. Or to put it another way, guilt must out. Guilt admission is compulsion that even the hardiest criminal experiences. And poor Maggie's final illusion about her marriage shatters to bits. Ross and her best friend have been sleeping together. And the guilty pair admit it, admit it although only in the sense that the circumstantial evidence is too heavy to deny (12 carats of grade A stones worth a small fortune!).
Ross' final act of betrayal in an impressively long form is what impelled Maggie to run out of the house on Christmas Eve, driving over frozen slippery roads where she skids and crashes down a ravine.
Long story short, she ends up in a coma, undergoes multiple surgeries and when she finally leaves rehabilitation 8 months later, she has mild brain damage, retrograde amnesia of the months leading up to that eventful Christmas eve, she has an unsteady gait, bouts of dizziness, hideous scars and nightmares.
Ross' guilt pushes him to an uncharacteristic show of sacrifice: to give up 3 months of his working life to Maggie's post-rehab care until she can regain complete physical independence. Maggie who only remembers Ross' workaholism and their mutually agreed upon divorce is, once again, feeling grateful that she won't be alone during her earliest readjustment to life in a little town she has no recollection of.
This is the crucial point where Maggie and Ross are drawn together again and begins their painful journey toward reconciliation and HEA. Except that most of the pain is Maggie's. His begins only near the end of this story.
I won't venture into a Ross critique because I won't even know where to begin and end. It is sufficient for me that the author chose this man for Maggie to love. His kind of person works for the emotional impact the author intended for this story. I won't quarrel with Maggie's choice, either, because she must make her own. But, OMG, there were times while reading this when I asked myself why Ross didn't just kill Maggie or pay someone to do it because physical death would have been kind against the insidious, debilitating emotional indifference he showed her.
There were some gaps to this story, questions I had which remain unanswered and I had to fill in the blanks. Why Maggie seemed to readily accept the defeat of her dreams in the years of her marriage. How could Ross change so drastically from the loving man early in their marriage to the acquisitive unfeeling monster he became? What's up with the angel angle? I'm ambivalent about it because it's too deux ex machina, when it would have been more realistic and effective had the H/h developed insights and drew up courage from within themselves rather than being free-handed by an outside supernatural source. And, I'd have liked to know more about the b***h best friend before during and after the crime. If I feel this way about her and I'm just the reader, shouldn't Maggie have felt more? Surely in fiction and in real life, it's the kind of wound that gets worse before it can get better? Any woman would be dying to know more about the affair and retrospectively search for clues she had missed from this contemptible pair. In short, I felt that Ross and Maggie's reconciliation happened too smoothly. Or perhaps, the author simply wanted to focus on Maggie's forgiveness and the start of reconciliation rather than it's extent.
This is a beautiful emotional powerhouse of a story. It didn't make for easy reading but I was swept away. Wow, talk about a writer having the ability to evoke pathos in the Greek meaning of the word. I don't recall reading this author before but I'm already checking out her biblio.
I've read A perfect Marriage and liked it but SES packs a heavier punch because Maggie & Ross started out in love and with the best of intentions. Their consequent fall from high to low was more gut-wrenching than the tepid MOC in Perfect Marriage.
The story begins with a guilt-ridden Ross and hostile Maggie. He feels guilty about the accident and she feels hostile about being a neglected wife. Both of them are resigned to finishing off their marriage. But with mostly each other for company in a new town during the holiday season, Ross and Maggie each begins to remember the things they appreciated about the other.
The writing is good. The supporting characters move the main story along rather than detract from it. The husband has a particularly strong point of view here. We clearly see how conflicted and anguished Ross feels over his renewed love for Maggie. I only wish the author did not rely so heavily on divine intervention in her plot.