Cinders to Satin Hardcover – Jan 1994
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From the Publisher
This book is one of the less famous Fern Michaels romances, but definitely one of her best. I can remember reading it in high school. Fern Michaels was a favorite of mine, and I had been working my way through all of the "Captive" series. "Cinders to Satin" was a bit of a departure, but I loved it! It's more complex than many historical romances both from the eighties and now in that it covers a longer period of time, and we watch the heroine, Callie James, grow and experience a lot before she ends up with the hero, Byrch Kenyon, though their lives do intersect throughout much of the book. But when they do hook-up, look out! It's a memorable scene that I've never forgotten. If you haven't read "Cinders to Satin," don't miss it!
Shauna Summers, Senior Editor --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
From the Inside Flap
From the bestselling historical romance writer Fern Michaels, author of TEXAS RICH and TEXAS HEAT, comes this exciting saga of Callie James, a brave immigrant girl from squalid Dublin, who battles her way through the hard world of late nineteenth century New York on a passion-filled, bittersweet journey to make her dreams of passion and success come true. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Cinders to Satin was and still is one of my all time favorite FM novels. After all these years, I can still vividly remember what the novel was about, proving that C2S has left a lasting impression. I loved the way the story began, how the heroine met the hero. The young hero saves a brash but brave little girl from being caught, and possibly hanged, for stealing food to feed her family (Ireland was going through a depression due to the potato plight). By pure chance, he sees her years later, and saves her a second time--this time from a fate far worse, a fate of exploitation and deceit. And he comes to her rescue again at the end, this time he saves her from herself. Don't get me wrong though, the heroine is anything but weak and fragile. She is bright and strong willed, but there is an innocence and naiveté about her that leaves her vulnerable. Callie grows up and goes through many hardship and tribulations.... But in the end, she discovers a love that has always been there, a true love that was lasting...
Cinders to Satin is a beautiful story of love lost and love found, hardship faced and happiness gained, of mistakes made and lessons learned. It is not the typical love story, but all the best elements of a true romance novel are there. Cinders to Satin is a truely unforgettable novel.
Basically, this is a book with a split personality. The first 300 or so pages are the saga of a poverty stricken Irish girl going through one crisis after another. Our "hero", Bryce, appears three times - all briefly. The final third of the book is their "romance".
This book disappointed me. It may be just my taste, but when I set out to read a romance, I expect the male and female to be interacting with each other. Also, the characters aren't very interesting or deep. Callie is so busy surviving that there isn't much else to her. Bryce is a one dimensional guy that we never learn much about. Indeed, the only character with any charm for me was the butler, Edward - a chess playing, closet romantic black gentleman.
If you like rags to riches sagas, there are better efforts out there (think Barbara Taylor Bradford) and if you want romance....
Most recent customer reviews
I did love it. Different from the Sisterhood series that I have read. I have not read any by Fern Michaels that I did not enjoy.Published on Aug. 18 2014 by Tammy Allen