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A Love For All Time [Paperback]

Bertrice Small
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3.0 out of 5 stars Euh...just plain euh... Dec 30 2001
I suppose I'm like every other faithful reader of the O' Malley Saga in that I somehow felt painfully incomplete without reading this previously elusive installment. Heck, I already knew what this book would be about from the constant references back to it in Lost Love Found. But it's been like that itch I just couldn't scratch--I had to read it for myself.
Can I just mention what a pain in the derriere trade size paperbacks are? The rest of the series cradles nicely in the hand, but this one demands a two-hand hold. Okay, I digress.
Bertrice Small is an excellent writer, let there be no doubt. But as a regular reader, I get real tired of the whole harem-scarem, sell 'em into slavery thing over and over again. And, oh, believe me, this is another one of THOSE novels. Now I like the character of Aidan St. Michael a whole lot--she's smart, sharp, strong, and not beautiful in the conventional sense. So why put her through the time and again rigors of captive concubine? Skye O' Malley is character enough for five women, and she'd already been through that funhouse. Was it necessary for Aidan to repeat history?
Well, yes, I suppose it was, otherwise the series would be lacking a keystone. But the book began with such promise of something different--Aidan, orphaned and in the care of Queen Elizabeth, a "country mouse" with the huzpah to suggest herself as the perfect bride for "The Handsomest Man At Court", Conn O' Malley. The intrigue between the Spanish representatives and Aidan's unscrupulous distant relatives to get the O'Malley family discredited, beginning with implicating Conn in a plot to kill the queen--this is good stuff. But then Small had to fall back on the old harem trick and that suspense was dispersed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book March 4 2002
I started reading the Skye O'Malley series back in early series. I have all her O'Malley books up but excluding her newest book that was just published. All her Skye books were great up to her book Wild Jasmine,after that I only bought the books to keep up with the series. When I read Darling Jasmine I could not believe her to be the same woman that she portrayed in a Love for all Time. She forgot all of her own children,grandchildren and focused on one Jasmine. I wanted to here about her other grandchildren,but I guessed that if she had done that the series would never have been completed. This book and her earlier ones are my favorites in this series. I hope that in her next book that she writes about Fortune and her family and how Skye's family did in the new colonies. But I'm rambling now, but I just wanted to say that I have had this book since it came out in the eighties and I still have the book ,creased but in good shape and I still read it.
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This is the book that brings passion and romance to every woman. How many of us have read a historical romance novel and thought "The woman is beautiful of course she is going to get the man". Well, Aidan is not a ravishing beauty. She is quite ordinary in her looks, and Conn (the youngest brother of Skye O'Malley) is devishly handsome. He is not swept away with her looks, yet grows to love and admire her. Isnt that what true love is all about? Don't we all hope and pray that the handsome man will look past what's on the outside and see what is in our soul? Well, this one takes us down that road!!! We get to see Conn go from a rogue to one who has found his true soulmate. This is truly a romance novel that can live up to the title of "romance". After you read this one, you will smile and be happy that romance and passion exists for everyone. Not just the beautiful heroine. Now that is a Love for All Time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs DOWN!!!!! Feb. 2 2002
I bought this book expecting it to be a historical romance that I normally read and enjoyed. I had never read Beatrice Small's novels before so I decide to give it a try. This was one of the worse choices I had ever made and hope to never make again. The beginning of the story was a promising true romance that I was expecting, but after the kidnapping and Aidan's (female heroine) actions in the sultan's harem just shocked me. It more than shocked me, it disgusted me. Not only was I sickened by Aidan's betrayal, but also that the author left nothing to the imagination. If I were Aidan I would have rather chose death. After reading this novel I had to stop reading romance for a while. The details were just to graphic and disturbing. If your looking for a true innocent romance I recommend Kathleen Woodiwiss's The Flame and the Flower. Now that is a true, beatuiful, innocent romance with a heroine to be proud of.
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This book is great - it is like the Kadin and of course the skye o'malley books (it is of that series) It is very rich in history, costume description, the usual stuff that I love about Bertrice Small. It is among the best of her books concerning characters - I really love all of them - conn & aidan as well as the british court and the easterners. Also, it is about 600+ pages! and no fluff!
I got a hold of this Hard-to-find book on eBay (auction) after failing to get it on amazon auction - check often at these places though, because there is always a copy up for auction, and it is definitely worth it!
I read somewhere that even though it was hard to find, it wasn't really that important a book in the series, I think that person was just trying to make everyone feel better in case they couldn't find a copy - you must try to get a copy of this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Love For All Time
I have enjoyed this book, I waited a long time to get it.
Published 12 days ago by Arlene Boustead
5.0 out of 5 stars Love for all time
I am collecting books by Bertrice Small. I love her stories. She is a great writer and I love doing business with AMAZON. Very fast to deliver the merchandise. Thank you.
Published on June 10 2010 by American Express
5.0 out of 5 stars This book ROCKS!!...
This is the first Bertrice Small book i've ever read and I must say that I was satisfied. The characters were well developed (though I did not particularly care for Conn - I... Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Bertrice Small at her best
In my opinion, the Skye O'Malley books are the best of Bertrice Small's novels. I have read every single one and each one was better than the last. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2001 by R. Lee Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, exciting, endearing!
I really enjoyed this book! It was sweet how Conn and Aidan fell in love with each other right away, and how despite everything they managed to keep their love for each other! Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2001 by Julie Salazar
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love For All Time
This is absolutely one of Bertrice Small's best. I loaned it to a friend and never saw it again. I love her costume description and her characterizations. Read more
Published on April 6 2001 by Michael J. Raspa
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED IT!!!
Ms. Small shows us how she turns "the handsomest man in Queen Elizabeth's court" into a loving and devoted husband. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2000 by whyscottie@writeme.com
4.0 out of 5 stars Christine Richard - Burbank,CA
I too am trying to find "A Love For All Time", the third book in the Beatrice Small Skye O'Malley Series. Read more
Published on May 31 2000 by Christine C. Richard
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