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Just Imagine [Kindle Edition]

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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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.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0380808307
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reissue edition (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC12EG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,143 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars different...but I like it! Jan. 26 2004
By Jem S.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is different from her other books but it is still refreshing. You notice how all the other SEP's heroines proclaim their undying love at the middle of the book(except for honey moon) and the hero most of the time denies or even leave them, and sometimes it gets annoying coz u it's always the girl who do the job or it's kinda predictable, but dont get me wrong, i love them all, anyway, Just Imagine, being her first book, does not follow the pattern. Here, both main characters are denying their feelings toward each other... they keep trying to escape it: Kit using Risen Glory as the barrier, and Baron's memories of his childhood kept him from acknowledging his true feelings for KIt. Never until the end did the question of love was mentioned. This is one of the one-night-stand books where u can't let it go, coz u want to see when they will get along at last. And that's the main difference from this book and all the other phillips' books--the intimacy and affection just started at the last 5 pages of the book, which is fine by me, coz the ending is surely satisfying. Of course, just like a good philipp's novel, this is a story about family, love, God, and friendship.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not good May 29 2003
By cmp
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips' newer work. The "football" series are among my favorite books ever. I read very quickly and my authors can never keep up, so I re-read books over and over. That said, I threw this book away after the first time I read it.
The characters are completely unsympathetic, and the plot line is contrived and ridiculous. I didn't care what happened and in fact was kind of rooting for the heroine to end up alone - not what you want to have in a romance novel.
Read almost ANYTHING else by SEP and you'll get an enjoyable story and engaging characters. Skip this one.
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By A Customer
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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? After they became lovers, they turned vicious towards each other. I can't figure out why the author did this. There was never a good explanation as to WHY this happened, either. Who wants to read about two characters who dislike each other that much?
By mutual consent, Kit and Baron put unexplained personal animosity aside in order to sleep together. Meanwhile, the unexplained rage continued to build. I started dreading the rest of the story, but stuck with it in deference to SEP. There would have to have been at least a drop of love between these two in order to have the sort of ending SEP gave us.
The slavery issue was unfortunately accurate, but there's no way Sophronia would have ended up so blessed in the end, not with such ignorance in the world during that time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, just not up to her current standards July 6 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"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.'s novels before, this is not a bad one to start with, but if you are familiar with her other outstanding titles (Dream a Little Dream, It Had to Be You, Nobody's Baby But Mine), you might find this one a disappointment. I found that it lacked the witty dialog and amusing situations that characterize most of Ms. Phillips' more recent works, and in fact was somewhat depressing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite SEP... June 9 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
and that's saying alot, because I've really enjoyed all of her books. Maybe I'm a sucker for a hero and heroine who try so hard not to fall for each other, but this story grabbed me from the beginning and refused to let me go until I finished it at 2 AM! Kit's transformation from stubborn tomboy to independent belle is surprisingly believable. I agonized with her as she struggled between her long-held dream to regain her land and her growing feelings for the man keeping that dream from her. Baron's fight to resist caring for a woman who could tie him down to a life he didn't know he wanted is equally compelling. I also enjoyed the sub-plot of the secondary characters, and found myself just as intrigued about their future as Kit and Baron's. Emotions here are too raw and edgy to be called "romantic", but the story is magnetic - the sexual tension runs high, the love scenes are steamy with just the right hint of tenderness. The satifying ending is not achieved easily, which is refreshingly realistic. This one will be kept and re-read often.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Civil War isn't a place for Romance May 30 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
...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 period and the issues it brings up are a little too close to home for me as a reader. I couldn not get past the setting, and it ruined the reading experience for me. I love Ms. Phillips work, and will continue reading her. But, this book just wasn't one of her best.
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Even faithful readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips cannot imagine this book is a revised edition of her earlier effort in historical romances. An abrupt historical release from the primed contemporary romance queen firstly makes it a departure difficult for them to accept, let alone being embarrassed by the association with a literary classic GONE With the Wind.
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.
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