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IT HAD BEEN five years, one month, and two days since Rye Dalton had seen his wife. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great romance placed in mid-1800's Feb. 3 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There hasn't been one book of LaVyrle Spencers that I haven't enjoyed immensely. And I mean, immensely. Her books are some of the most romantic I've ever read. They take you away into such a fun place, you can't put the book down.
This story starts off in 1837. It's about Laura, Rye & Dan who were childhood friends & grew closer into adulthood. Laura & Rye had a magical connection, married and soon after he left on a whaling ship to try & earn their fortune. However, fate stepped in, his ship went down, and as everyone assumed, with him on it. 5 years later, with a son Rye never knew, married to his best friend Dan who saw her through the toughest times in her life, Rye returns and walks into a house that was once his & a woman he thought was still his wife. Not to mention the son he didn't know existed, but who's now calling another man papa. Rye's returned, but lost everything, including his house & it's belongings as he finds out that legally Laura's married to Dan. But with a love so very strong, Laura & Rye begin a journey, not knowing where it will leave all 4 of them & no one wanting to hurt the other.
I enjoyed this book for so many reasons, interesting & likable characters, memorable love story, great friendships and humor. It was also interesting to read about what it was like to live in Nantucket in the 1800's with the whaling industry & all of the other sorts of things like horse & carriage rides, making homemade candles & wearing those hideous corsets.
If you are looking for a love story, I'll guarentee you this one will not let you down!
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2.0 out of 5 stars JUST TOO SLOW!! Jan. 16 2003
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Well, I really do like Lvyrle Spencer as a writer. I feel she has a unique style and can also be quite humorous at times. This book, however, was not one of the ones that I would put in my top 10. At first I couldn't put the book down. The idea was great. A woman who suppossedly loses her husband to death. Then she marries his best friend obviously out of convenience and gratitude. First husband then shows up five years later to reclaim wife, home and child he never knew he had. I thought "hey this is going to be good." But, then the book just dragged on and on. There was just no umph to it. I mean it was pretty obvious who Laura was going to pick from the beginning. And I kept wondering to myself what was it that she had that made these two men fall in love with her since she was a young girl. One thing that I truly had a hard time swallowing was when Laura told Rye that once she had made the decision to leave Dan for Rye they wouldn't dishonor Dan while she was still married to him. HELLOOOO!!!! News Flash!!! SHe already dishonored him because she had already snuck out and slept with Rye while she was still married to Dan. Frankly, the end was just to boring for me. I found myself skipping paragraphs just to hurry up and finish the book. You'll be better off taking this book out of the library than spending hard earned money on it like I did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good... Oct. 27 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I almost bought this book a couple years ago, but decided against it based on the other reviews here. I am a big Spencer fan, and intend to read all her books, so I finally checked this out from the library and surprise! -- I really enjoyed it. I had a very difficult time putting this down. I didn't like the character of Rye at first, but later in the book I was able to sympathize with all the characters, I mean, what a dilemma! I didn't like the way Dan handled the situation, but how else would a man act when he realizes that out of the blue he's going to lose the wife and son he loves? I also enjoyed the sparring between Rye and his father, I wish the author could have brought a little more of it into the story. The one thing I didn't like was the ending; I know the story could not have ended any other way, but it was sad none the less, I especially felt sorry for Josh at that point. I would definitely recommend this book, but I can only give four stars. Five stars need to be saved for other Spencer books like Morning Glory, November of the Heart, and Family Blessings.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not very likable characters May 25 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This novel started with a promising plot. In the days before telegraph and radio were available, Rye was mistaken for dead when his ship sank. He finally makes it home 5 years later, to find that his wife has married his best friend, who is also the only father Rye's four-year-old son has ever known. Laura, Rye's wife, is faced with the dilemma of choosing between her husbands. It is an interesting problem that quite possibly could have happened in those days, but I was disappointed in the book overall. Laura's first marriage to Rye was based on sex, and her second marriage to Dan was based on convenience. Laura and Rye are two of the most selfish characters I've ever come across. Dan, whom I liked at first, is also selfish, when he wallows in self-pity day after day. I found myself wanting Laura to leave both of these men (or better yet, kill herself), since there is no evidence that she really loves either one of them! All I can say is that LaVyrle Spencer has come a long way since she wrote this book. Her other books contain likable characters who are really in love. Only read this book if you have already read all her other books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, but falls a bit short
The concept of a husband long suspected lost at sea returning to find his wife married to his best friend is certainly an interesting concept, but ultimately, I feel, this story... Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by antithesis90
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh.....
I wanted to love this..I really did, but I just COULD NOT STAND Laura. I felt that she was playing both Rye and Dan. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004 by M. I.
5.0 out of 5 stars She married his best friend...
The year is 1837 and today is the day- for five lonely years, handsome Rye Dalton dreamed of the day he would return home to Nantucket and to his beloved wife's soft tender kisses... Read more
Published on July 7 2003 by janlouise
5.0 out of 5 stars So sweet!
One of my favorite (although I have many) Lavyrle Spencer books.
Touching. I always learn so much about a different time and place in our country and the life challenges of... Read more
Published on March 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised.
I thought the plot of this story was very well done. If you buy this book though, DO NOT read the back of it--it gives away too much! Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting idea
Everything about this book was very good until the end. The main idea behind the story (a woman loses her husband while pregnant with their first child and remarries only to... Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars loved by 2 men...but mst choose only 1
Imagine being loved by 2 men, and the sad part is you love them both, and now must choose one to stay with! Read more
Published on April 27 2001 by Zita Deremick
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
What do you do if you're told the husband you loved is dead, you're pregnant, finally marry someone else and then find out a few years later that your first husband is really... Read more
Published on April 2 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars I've joined the LaVyrle Spencer Club!
This is the second book by LaVyrle Spencer that I have read and I must say that I am now hooked on her love stories and on her writing style. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2000 by K. Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars New to LaVyrle
A friend and a niece put me on to LaVyrle Spencer books. Every book I have read, I have loved. I loved this one in particular. It was such a love story. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2000
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