Just Imagine Mass Market Paperback – Aug 9 2001
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With the Civil War over, Kit Weston, a.k.a. Katherine Louise of Risen Glory Plantation, South Carolina, travels to New York disguised as a boy to eliminate her newly named guardian and regain control of her beloved plantation. Unfortunately for Kit, Baron Cain proves difficult to kill, and when he discovers her identity, Baron promptly stashes her in a New York finishing school for young ladies.
Three years later, Kit returns to Risen Glory to find that Baron has restored the plantation to its former prosperity. Baron scarcely recognizes the hoyden he remembers in the mature, 21-year-old Kit. The instant passion that flares between them is unwanted by both and equally undeniable. Pushed to the edge, Baron threatens to banish Kit from her beloved plantation, and she commits an impulsive, nearly unforgivable act. Baron's response is equally impossible and thrusts the pair into an intolerable situation. Wild and willful, passionate and wary, the two lovers must somehow find a way to overcome pride and distrust before there can be any likelihood of a loving resolution.
Readers who love Phillips's highly successful contemporary romances will be just as enthralled with this historical romance. Lush landscapes, complex characters, a charming cast of secondary players, and a subplot that takes a look at the effects of slavery and racist attitudes in the Old South all add up to an excellent novel. A rewrite of an early title, Just Imagine is classic historical romance at its best. --Lois Faye Dyer
From Library Journal
This rewritten, retitled version of Phillips's 1984 Risen Glory is a classic tale of the Reconstruction Era, featuring a young Southern hellion who will do anything to reclaim her plantation, a Northern war hero who finds himself in possession of said plantation and guardian of the girl, and an abundance of well-defined secondary characters. It goes without saying that Baron Cain is definitely a hero of the first tier; but while he has some trust issues that he eventually overcomes with the help of the heroine it is Kit Weston's transformation from a fiery, reckless teenager into a strong, determined, courageous woman that is truly memorable. Skillfully weaving issues of politics, power, slavery, poverty, and social class into the plot, this historical may not be what readers expect from Phillips, but her strong characters, lively humor, and excellent pacing are all there. Phillips is a best-selling, RITA Award-winning writer and lives in the Chicago area.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Indeed Susan Elizabeth Phillips' latest has its fair share of glory. Using the Civil War and the struggle of the South and North as backdrop, she tells of a Southern lass, Kit Weston plotting murder on her Yankee guardian Baron Cain to reclaim her precious Risen Glory estate that is everything to her including Sophronia, her loyal maid. She is mistaken for a stable boy and is hired to serve Cain, which later when her identity is exposed, he threatens to sell away her estate if she refuses to enter an Academy for ladies. Years passed, Kit's vendetta with Cain is unsettled. As she matures into a woman, Cain is unexpectedly drawn to her and yields her into marriage. However, their pride will leave them at loggerheads. There is no fundamental love in their marriage institution - only desire. Cain, who is scared that he will end up like his father being taken advantage of by his mother sees Kit clinging onto him because of responsibilities - and not love. Though painful, their separation is imminent and inevitable for their stubborn hearts.
JUST IMAGINE attempts to stage a grand historical romance with slavery, clashes and racism. Yet the romance element is never quite fulfiling - Kit's wilfulness has made it difficult for any communication. Their departure in the middle of the book left them undeveloped and dry. Furthermore their love being contrived seemed pretentious and severed of emotions.Read more ›
The reader must remember that romance novels follow a certain structure. There is only one primary plot, the heroine of that plot always is beautiful, there must be a happy ending. So it is more difficult rather than less for an author to stay within these limitations and still turn out a compelling novel.
Yet Ms. Phillips manages to pen a winner every single time one of her books hits the stockrooms of the retailers. The reason for this success is simple: The woman can write!
By the explanation in her foreward, JUST IMAGINE is the reworking of her first published novel, which was written at a moment in time when the ethics were different than now.
Nonetheless, even in this more moderate, politically correct version, no one creates sexual tension better than SEP, or sustains that conflict long past the point where the reader's interest should remain engaged.
With it, Ms. Phillips spins a fine yarn about the South in those immediate years after the Civil War. As Rhett Butler would have said, "Scarlet, JUST IMAGINE is a damn good read!"
Most recent customer reviews
I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips' newer work. The "football" series are among my favorite books ever. Read morePublished on May 29 2003 by cmp
This book lacked for nothing at first. Kit was adorable and beautiful and Baron was sensitive and gentle. So why did Kit and Baron turn to ice? Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2002
"Just Imagine" is a rewrite of Ms. Phillips first solo effort, which was originally published in 1884. If you have not read any of S.E.P. Read morePublished on July 6 2002 by TooManyHobbies
...I am a loyal Phillips reader. Just Imagine moves along well, and is very well written. ... I know that Kit has a transformation and Baron was a Union soldier, but the time... Read morePublished on May 30 2002 by Tomika Kayvon Knight
I got only a few chapters into the book and had to put it down. I skipped through some of it to pick up something of interest and found myself immediately tired of Kit being small... Read morePublished on Dec 19 2001 by Scout
The above quote is from JUST IMAGINE's cover and should have been a warning for me not to waste my time with this rewrite. Read morePublished on Dec 17 2001
I really enjoyed this book. I love all of SEP's books, and I hope her other out of print books are reprinted. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2001 by L