Courting Susannah Paperback – Aug 1 2010
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In her latest sensual romance, the ever-popular Miller tells a gothic story about a woman, Susannah, who travels from Nantucket to the wilds of Seattle in 1906 to care for her deceased friend Julia's baby. She has never met her friend's husband, Aubrey, but takes her chances, in spite of Julia's last letters, which intimated a troubled marriage, and moves into his mansion. She soon learns that he believes Julia had lovers and that the child isn't his. To complicate matters even more, Julia led everyone to believe that she was involved with Ethan, Aubrey's brother. As Susannah tries to heal the rift between brothers, Aubrey becomes jealous of all the men pursuing Susannah (there's a shortage of decent women) and tries to court her himself even though he swore never to marry again. Miller is in top form in this wonderful tale of a former ugly duckling becoming a swan by virtue of kindness. Patty Engelmann
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About the Author
The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is the author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels. Now living in Spokane, Washington, the “First Lady of the West” hit a career high when all three of her 2011 Creed Cowboy books debuted at #1 on the New York Times list. In 2007, the Romance Writers of America presented her their Lifetime Achievement Award. She personally funds her Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women. Visit her at LindaLaelMiller.com.See all Product Description
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When no one answered her ring, Susannah McKittrick gathered the last frayed ravels of her courage and, in an act of unprecedented boldness, let herself into Aubrey Fairgrieve's grand house high on one of Seattle's seven hills. Read the first page
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Four months later, Susannah enters the home of Julia's husband, wealthy businessman Aubrey Fairgrieve. She expects to hate the man that her blood sister grew to loathe. Instead Susannah finds she is attracted to him. Surprisingly Aubrey allows her to stay to care for his daughter. Quickly Susannah brings order out of chaos while she falls in love with her charge and her host. However, Aubrey knew a different Julia than Susannah's childhood friend and expects his guest to show her true colors if he allows a relationship to form.
COURTING SUSANNAH makes the first decade of the twentieth century in Seattle alive and fresh and not locating it in San Francisco during the major earthquake. The story line is enjoyable although one must wonder why the suspicious, once burned Aubrey allowed his deceased wife's best friend to stay. Susannah is a warm, strong person and the support cast acts as a catalyst between her and Aubrey. Flashbacks to Julia paint a picture of a spoiled pants chaser, which Susannah should have understood from knowing her blood sister. Still, Linda Lael Miller provides her audience with a wonderful look at an Americana romance.
I could glimpse some of the magic in this book but there was something missing. You didn't really connect with the characters as you didn't get a real good insight into their emotions or inner thoughts. It was hard to empathize with the main characters because you didn't get a full picture of what experiences shaped them like in Ms. Miller's other books. For example, in "Banner O'Brien" Banner was divorced and struggled to become a doctor and Adam Corbin was the eldest brother, driven doctor hiding a secret from his family. Overall, disappointed that the book never fully evolved for me.
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This was a really fun read. At times it was hard to put down. I was pretty satisfied with the character development and plot.
This book is definitley brain candy =)
This was a wonderful book - the great quality of Linda Lael Miller is evident in the writing of this story. Read morePublished on March 29 2001