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A Love For All Time [Paperback]

Bertrice Small
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love for all time June 10 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book ROCKS!!... Nov. 27 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 prefered Jarvid Khan).I feel that Conn should have been a bit more active in the book. I really felt the book, and was rather disappointed that it had to end. I liked the love scenes. They were really intense and well written. I also liked the fact that the historical background was well written and accurate.
Aidan had me laughing and rooting for her, I especially liked when she tried to kill the sultan.
Ms. Small I think you did a great job, and I can't wait to read more of your work.
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs DOWN!!!!! Feb. 3 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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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 Bertrice Small at her best Dec 20 2001
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. This one is the story of Skye's younger brother, and I loved it. It was just the quality I have come to expect from Ms. Small.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, exciting, endearing! Sept. 9 2001
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! The only throwback(unrealistic attitude), was that if her husband loved her so much why did he still continue to consider her plain of face? What made it kind of cruel was that everybody seemed to be throwing it into her face about her plain face. But definitely a good collection to the Skye O'Malley sagas!
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