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This Stolen Moment [Mass Market Paperback]

Penelope Neri


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Book Description

June 1994
Despite the differences between their stations in life, Emma finds overwhelming passion and a fateful love with Gideon, heir to Hawaii's wealthiest cattle dynasty. By the author of Enchanted. Original.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp (Mm) (June 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821745840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821745847
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g

Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

Those who enjoy romances set in exotic locales will relish this story of 19th-century Hawaiian lovers. Neri brings various tropical landscapes to life in lushly vivid detail and engages the reader with interesting accounts of native Hawaiian lore and customs. But if its background is rich and well-realized, the story itself is better described as overwrought, plunging frequently into turgid melodrama and lurid emotional and physical violence. Emma Jordan and Gideon Kane are teenagers when they meet on a beach and enter into a passionate affair, which is cut short when Gideon's parents ship him off to Harvard. The son of Hawaii's largest cattle rancher, Gideon is destined to become one of its most important citizens, while Emma is the daughter of poor farmers. But socioeconomic differences can't thwart true love, and Gideon, who becomes embroiled in the horrors of the Civil War while stateside, is kept alive only by the thought of the beautiful lover who has sworn to wait for him at home. At last returning to Hawaii, Gideon is erroneously informed that Emma is married and, in a drunken stupor, weds another woman, the ruthless femme fatale Julia. Getting rid of Julia and of Emma's evil oppressive "father," Jack, proves to be an ugly task, fraught with danger and emotional upheavals. Gideon is a sexy, sweet hero, while Emma, who possesses a truly wicked wit and a strong sense of responsibility, is both likable and admirable, but their story is unusually convoluted, Wodin's 1989 Brothers Grimm Prize winner, explores one young woman's painstaking efforts to transcend a past deformed by brutality and alienation as she describes growing up as an Eastern refugee in the chaos of post-war Gd and bizarre.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful happy love story! Feb. 11 1999
By Karen Kreuser (kwi@nconnect.net) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book more than I could ever have imagined. Rather that read it, I listened to it on audio cassette and found that this was the perfect book with which to do that. The story takes place in Hawaii and by listening to it, I felt as though I was beginning to learn a new language when the author used beautiful hawaiian words. The story is of Emma, a girl with a childhood that she would love to leave behind but unfortunately keeps haunting her. She meets and falls deeply and quickly in love with Gideon but before the summer is over, Gideon must leave for Harvard in the states. They promise to wait for one another but on Gideons return trip seven years later, he hears a false rumor that Emma has married. Distraught, Gideon gets drunk and is then tricked into taking a bride of his own. The rest of the story is their struggle to find their way back to one another. It is a beautiful story that takes place around the time of the Civil War, and includes a bit of American and Hawaiian history as well as wonderful descriptions of the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands. You too will surely enjoy the romance and excitement that this book contains! It would make a beautiful and unique movie!
5.0 out of 5 stars readalot Aug. 4 2011
By Lianna Eileen Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read almost 50 to 60 books a year and I have to say I have added Penelope Neri to my list of excellent writers along with Mary Balogh, Lisa Kleypus, Teressa Medeiros and newecomer Julie Ann Long. I just can't put her books down and THE STOLEN MOMENT was one of her best. I loved it.

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