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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4.3 out of 5 stars


on 11 April 2017
I do wish authors who write historical novels would get the basics right. England did not have crofters, corporals were not officers, no lady would appear in public in male attire, Earldoms were not handed out for being in a few battles - even knighthoods for anyone below the rank of general were v v rare etc etc. All that aside this was not a bad story just totally unbelievable.
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on 29 October 2012
This is the first book in the Spindle Cove series by Tessa Dare, and also the first book I've read by her.

Spindle Cove is a place run by Miss Susanna Finch, where young ladies can go to let off some steam, and not worry about their lives. The people there all have their own reasons being there, and Susanna takes care of them all, with the help of her friend Miss Kate Taylor, who is the female protagonist in book 3 (someone I'm dying to read about after the synopsis). Anyway, this is about book 1, with Susanna and Bram.

The story begins with Lieutenant Colonel Victor 'Bram' Bramwell returning from war with fellow comrades, his cousin Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne and the dark and quiet Corporal Samuel Thorne. They have orders to gather a militia at Spindle Cove. But when a herd of sheep block their path, they debate how to get past. Perhaps they could scare them...

Susanna, meanwhile, is trying to convince Mrs Highwood to permit her three daughters, Diana, Minerva and Charlotte, to stay at Spindle Cove. But a loud bang interrupts them. Susanna goes to investigate, and this is where she is pushed out of harm's way by Bram, but he lands on top of her. He can't help but kiss her, and from then on, there is a mutual attraction. But this is tested when Susanna learns of Bram's plans for her respectful ladies haven. However, Bram is adamant that no-one, not even the beautiful Susanna, will stand in his way.

Bram meets her father, who he already knows. He tells Bram due to his part in the Peninsula War, he's been awarded the title of the Earl of Rycliff. Bram isn't eager for the title, and carries on gathering the few men there are in the village to make his militia. Susanna isn't happy at his interference, but the longer they spend together, the closer she and Bram get. Can they put aside their opinions and be together?

Overall, the book was fantastic. Bram is a character you really fall for. He's been wounded in the war, and now has a limp, yet it's touching when you see Susanna going out of her way to help him, even if he makes it difficult for her, because of his pride. Bram learns of Susanna's own scars, and why she's been single all of this time. Both were dynamic, engaging characters, and a joy to read about.

Not sure why he's never called Victor and always called Bram. Perhaps he doesn't like his name, but it's something I did wonder throughout the story, but never learned the reason why.

On now with book 2, with Colin and Minerva.

4/5
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on 18 November 2017
I have read a couple of her books as she is a new author to me and i must say she is quite good but to many authors these days have sex on nearly every page and athough i am not a prude by a long shot but it gets a bit much.
I found by the time you were getting towards the end the story was getting a lot better but as i said i liked it but wont give it 5 stars
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on 26 March 2013
This is the first book in the spindle cove series, but for some reason I read book two first and I'm kind of glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed a week to be wicked and wondered if miss dare could pull of another book with bram and susanna, which of course she did. I didn't have as many laugh out loud moments as I did with book two, but it was still a really good book.

I'm going to try another book of miss dares in her other series and if this proves to be good too, miss dare will probably become an auto buy for me. She brings characters alive and you really feel that the h and h really fall in love.

Great great read. Loved it.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 9 September 2015
I love the entire Spindle Cove series. I quickly bought the set as soon as I finished this novel. Tessa Dare has such a light touch with wit, humour and love. This novel sets the scene for life in Spindle Cove and introduces all the characters whose tales will be told book by book. In this one the founder member of SC meets her match in the wounded soldier and they spar their way verbally to their HEA. Lovely!
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on 12 October 2017
I really enjoyed this book . The characters whose name have come up in other books are fabulous funny, loving and so interesting. I feel I'm beginning to know them and feel as I'm sitting there watching these stories unfold. Thankyou Tessa hugs x
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on 30 October 2013
Another fantastic book from this author. The only reason why I haven't given 5 stars is because compared to her other books this wasn't quite as good in regards to main characters, however I think that this book sets the scene for the rest of the spindle cove books. Outshines other romance books but not one of Tessa Dare's best. Still very good and would reccommend getting it though.
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on 11 April 2012
Absolutely one of the best historical romances I have read in a very long time! Every character had relatable and lovable qualities, especialy the male and female protagonists, and each conversation written was realistic as well as highly amusing! Would suggest this novel to anyone in need of a book they cannot put down.
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on 24 October 2015
Brilliant!
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on 6 August 2012
i gave this one 4 star just because i liked the guy the girl not so much too controlling for my liking and not at all endearing but guy was super yummy so 4
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