I like that they admitted (well, he did) going in that this was no "love match" instead of the dreamy-eyed ignoramous heroines who find out later that he never loved her and was just using her and how could she not know? Anyway...it was also nice to see a bit of the real world peeking in: a sick heroine (she has asthma), parents admitting to their faults and previously poor treatment of their own child, and nasty nosey relatives getting their well deserved come-uppance.
Pois, me coloca uma mocinha do início do século passado, destemida, inocente (é claro), mas totalmente a frente de seu tempo. Uma mulher que fez de um tudo pra ficar com o homem que amava, mas quando Eduardo da uma de ogro mor, ela não pensa duas vez, pega seus pertences e deixa o bobalhão a ver navios. Não só uma mulher inteligente e que tem tino para os negócios, mas principalmente uma mulher que responde a todos os seus desejos sexuais, uma companheira e amante.
He wants to marry his daughter off to a man with a title and in 1900 Texas, the options are slim. Bernadette has held firm against her fathers plan to marry her off until Eduardo makes his interest known. In 1900s Texas, this isnt really all that noticeable as most women are often very sexually naive in romance novels from this era but when youre reading one set in current times, it does tend to really stick out The heroine is often ill or disabled or abused or a combination of those. Shes also quite horribly verbally abused by her father, who blames her quite openly for her mothers death and has no qualms telling her what a burden she is and now he cant wait to be rid of her The hero is almost always an asshole, deliberately and intolerably cruel to the heroine because he believes something about her that isnt true, or because he cannot handle the feelings that he has for her or because someone has hurt him in the past and he clings to this as some sort of typical behaviour for all women of the human race Thankfully in this novel, Eduardo, while he does have his rather Alpha moments is actually quite a decent character most of the time. He marries Bernadette because he wishes to save her from a marriage to a man she doesnt know, because he could do with the dowry on offer himself and because he wants her but hes very honest with her about it not being a love match, so even though its obviously going to be a love match (this is a romance after all) he doesnt attempt to deceive her in any way. A weak point in the novel is the fathers rapid redemption which feels way too rushed and impossible to be sincere and believable to the reader, who has spent most of the book being outraged at his attitude towards his only daughter.
I'm a big fan of Diana Palmer with many of her older books being some of my favorites but this one wasn't. I just felt that this was missing some of that Diana Palmer magic that usually puts me under its spell. In fact it was missing a lot of what I love from Diana Palmer books. It almost felt like his love declaration came out of left field. Secondly, I felt like he just wanted her physically and nothing more and that was almost lack luster as well. He wasn't my favorite Palmer hero, which I have many that I have fallen in love with over the years. Fourthly there wasn't that emotional turmoil or angst that Palmer's known for. Palmer's famous for her emotional angst in her books and that's why I love her books so much. So this was not my favorite Diana Palmer book and I found myself very disappointed by the book.
But what will Eduardo do when he realized he fall in love with Bernadette when she already gone because of his awful grandmother? Been a while since I read good work of Diana Palmer. Eduardo, easy to love to.
I wanted to slap hero's grandmother and cousin for the way they treated poor Bernadette but she was feisty and spunky not at all a victim!
I really enjoyed this wonderfully created Historical Romance, with characters that you can relate to and real to life qualities of them written throughout the pages. Bernadette knows that there marriage is a bargain, to save Eduardo Cortes ranch in return for a Titled husband. She has loved Eduardo from afar and even though she hates the thought of marriage and babies she marries him to quell her fathers desire to wed her to just anyone. Bernadette Barron isnt healthy as most character s we read about, she is flawed yet strong willed and certainly determined and forth coming. I really enjoyed her character a woman who stands up for herself despite the odds and I liked her sass at times throughout the story.
Diana Palmer is a pseudonym for author Susan Kyle. (1)romance author Susan Eloise Spaeth was born on 11 December 1946 in Cuthbert, Georgia, USA. She also used the pseudonyms Diana Blayne and Katy Currie, and her married name: Susan Kyle. She is listed in numerous publications, including Contemporary Authors by Gale Research, Inc., Twentieth Century Romance and Historical Writers by St. James Press, The Writers Directory by St. James Press, the International Who's Who of Authors and Writers by Meirose Press, Ltd., and Love's Leading Ladies by Kathryn Falk. She is a member of the Native American Rights Fund, the American Museum of Natural History, the National Cattlemen's Association, the Archaeological Institute of Amenca, the Planetary Society, The Georgia Conservancy, the Georgia Sheriff's Association, and numerous conservation and charitable organizations.