5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite SEP...
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...
Published on June 9 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, just not up to her current standards
"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...
Published on July 6 2002 by TooManyHobbies
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4.0 out of 5 stars different...but I like it!,
This review is from: Just Imagine (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.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good,
This review is from: Just Imagine (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.
2.0 out of 5 stars Started out Great, but turned Cold, Dark, and Unlikable,
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This review is from: Just Imagine (Mass Market Paperback)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.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, just not up to her current standards,
This review is from: Just Imagine (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.
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite SEP...,
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This review is from: Just Imagine (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.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Civil War isn't a place for Romance,
This review is from: Just Imagine (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.
3.0 out of 5 stars Newfound glory disappoints with undeveloped characters,
This review is from: Just Imagine (Mass Market Paperback)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. Philips creates Kit to be strong and independent, yet simultaneously childish for her myopic view to be Cain's mistress in order to get back her estate. By the time she matures towards the epilogue, it seemed their love too late for redemption. The get-together far too hasty and unbelievable. In fact her secondary characters like Magnus and Sophronia shines luminously. Theirs is a love triumphed against discrimination - and how Sophronia convinces herself that Magnus is able to protect her with his love.
It is remarkable that historical accuracies are there but it unfortunately languishes into a dry read with undeveloped main characters and the passion is never quite on par with the throes of war. It leaves us only to imagine how ever could this book lack the sweeping passion that GONE WITH THE WIND has enchanted us with when the two are said to be in comparison.
1.0 out of 5 stars The book was not good,
This review is from: Just Imagine (Mass Market Paperback)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 in stature, anger, mouthiness and immaturity. I couldn't feel comfortable with Baron falling in love with a person he thought was a fourteen year old. It was really a boring piece of work that has been played out in so many novels. I read other reviews and may try the author again but I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. Save your bucks since books are so expensive these days.
2.0 out of 5 stars "Gone With the Wind" the way it should have been. NOT!,
This review is from: Just Imagine (Mass Market Paperback)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. I could never mesh with the lack-luster story or characters. I couldn't even keep enough interest to read through to the end.
Phillip's contemporary works are better. Try them instead, if you are a first-time reader, and you'll be pleased.
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a fantastic book!!,
This review is from: Just Imagine (Mass Market Paperback)I really enjoyed this book. I love all of SEP's books, and I hope her other out of print books are reprinted. THis was a very good Southern romance showing the South's POV through Kit, but Kit's POV changes even if her love of her home as not.
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Just Imagine by Susan E Phillips (Mass Market Paperback - Aug. 16 2001)
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