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Day Dreamer [Mass Market Paperback]

Jill Landis
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Dec 19 2002 Jove Historical Romance
Approached by a mysterious woman on the streets of New Orleans, Celine Winters is offered a chance to escape her troubles by switching lives with the stranger and becoming part of a great destiny with a husband she has never met.

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Celine Winters escapes suspicion of a murder she has not committed by exchanging places with another young woman desperate to avoid marriage to Cord Moreau, whose cruel Creole grandfather is making him marry her in the place of his dead cousin Alex. Too late Celine finds herself married and on a ship leaving New Orleans en route to the West Indies, Cord's happy childhood home. Landis (After All, Jove, 1995) fashions an interesting blend of Creole social history, the tropics, and false identities revealed in the collision of past and present lives. Cord's alcoholic melancholia certainly places him in the wounded hero gallery, but his failings are more than offset by Celine's resourcefulness and the hilarious scheming of his two male servants.-MKC
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Become a Day Dreamer. . . July 18 2001
By Nicole
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It isn't an everyday occurrence. You know what I mean. When you pick up a book, not expecting anything out of the ordinary and then you find out that you couldn't have been more wrong. Day Dreamer is definitely one of those books. At the beginning it seemed, to me, like Cord was a really rude, arrogant man, but as the story wears on you see that Cord isn't that way at all. He just hides his pain and suffering beneath the mask of hostility. Trying to shield his new wife from what remains of his bruised and battered heart. My heart ached when I read about how much Cord has suffered in his short life time. I couldn't help, but feel like his heart would never heal, not even with Celine by his side. Both have suffered so much pain in their lives, but they find in each other, a reason to live again, laugh again, and love for the first time.
Personally I don't feel like running from the law is the smart choice, but in Celine's case I couldn't help but cheer her on. Even if she would've waited for the police it wouldn't have mattered. They wouldn't have believed her side of the story. So, for her running was the only choice. But as you find out, you can't run from your past or hide from the future. The past eventually catches up with you. You'll hold your breath during the last sixty pages, but the ending will bring a smile to your face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I read Day Dreamer. What a find! Oct. 9 2000
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Why have I never heard of Jill Marie Landis until now? I'm agonizing over the fact that I could've been enjoying her books all these years. Needless to say I plan to make up for all that lost time by making sure she's on my "get anything written by her" list.
I usually prefer a character driven romance where it's heavy on the dialogue. The plot, settings, action and adventure are rarely important to me. Day Dreamer showed me that I just needed to read the right book to open my eyes to what a well rounded romance is all about. This book has it all. And this author can handle it so well that it's never overwhelming or chaotic. Which is what I expected (having been disappointed by other lesser authors) but was so pleased to find I was way off base. Her writing is so smooth and tight that nothing feels half-right or half-done.
She made me slowly fall in love with Cord. The Hero. I thought he was pathetic at first. And credit must be given to the author when he can call the heroine a nag and can make it sound endearing. He is definitely not a one or a two dimensional character. Both Cord and Celine are complex characters. She gives back just as well as he can throw it at her. ( but it took me longer than it did Celine to forgive him for...well, I don't want to spoil it but suffice it to say she wasn't entirely blameless and he does such a nice job of making up for it)
The back cover just does not do justice to describe this book. Heck, I'm having a hard time attempting to convey what a treasure this book is.
And oh the steam they can generate. Yes, I've saved the best for last. For what is a romance without romance? I usually prefer the R to R-17 rated books. Day Dreamer is sensual but I'd rate it at PG-13 to R. But would I change a word? Never! Will I read this book again in the near future and need a fan to cool me when I read the love scenes again? Absolutely!
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT -- #1 OF 3 BOOKS March 17 2002
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EXCELLENT -- get all three books -- you won't be sorry.
Cord Moreau was to have attended his cousin, Alex's wedding -- now he is dead. And Henry Moreau, their grandfather, intended to make Cord pay.
Cord was to be married to the daughter of Thomas O'Hurley to fulfill Henry's contract. Alex would have, as Henry's heir, even though he loved Juliett and their children.
You will meet also, two distant cousins, twins, Stephen and Anton Caldwell who were barely eighteen.
Collin Ray was a trouble maker and afraid of Persa, who according to rumor had the gift of second sight.
Cordero took Celine to the plantation, Dunstain Place, where his Aunt Ada lived. More secrets to be uncovered.
It just gets better and better -- you won't be able to put this set down. The characters just pull you through the stories and you don't want them to end.
Definitely recommended and keepers all.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring. Stay away from this book. June 20 1998
By A Customer
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I read and collected all Jill Marie Landis books since I read her first book WildFlower. Most of her books were full of humour and romance. Sad to say she has lost her touch this time. Celine is boring and Cord has a very shallow character. I cannot wait till the end and skipped so many pages just to finish the book. If I had borrowed it, it would be returned right after the 5th chapter. The first few chapters were interesting until Celine and Cord left for St. Stephen island. Thereafter, it's not worth the time I spent. It's certainly not worth the money I spent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! May 21 1999
By A Customer
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What a fabulous story! Packed with emotion and deep characterization - in very few words. It could have been 100 pages longer and the story wouldn't have lagged. On the other hand, because the prose was sparse, the story really packed a hard punch. Celine and Cord were wonderful together: how she believed in him and how his heart began to melt and make room for love again. Plus a tearful, exciting climax - what more can I say? A perfect little book.
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