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Posted December 23, 2012
I loved this book!!!! Before the Dawn is one of the best histor
I loved this book!!!! Before the Dawn is one of the best historical romance books I’ve read this year. Author Denise Agnew vividly depicts a journey by train through 19th Century Pennsylvania in this fast paced story. The hero Elijah and the heroine Mary Jane have great chemistry from the moment they lay eyes on each other. Elijah who came from a poor family has just been released from prison after five hellish years in solitary confinement for being wrongfully convicted of killing his first love Maureen. He sets out to get revenge, find and kill the real murderer, his brother Amos. Mary Jane who came from a wealthy family is in mourning for her father. She has set out to bring his body home for burial to her family and try to rise above her shattered reputation and declare her independence. Elijah and Mary Jane pretend to be married to ward off two unsavory characters that show interest in Mary Jane. Their charade gets a little out of hand and really heats up when they are forced to share sleeping quarters to keep up the appearance that they are indeed married. On the last leg of the trip an explosion on the tracks stop the train and it appears to be a train robbery. Mary Jane is abducted by Amos. Elijah vows that he will save Mary Jane or die trying. Once before he’d made a vow based on pure hate and need for revenge. Now he vowed to find Amos based on another emotion he thought he would never feel again. LOVE. Mary Jane realizes she in love with Elijah when she thinks he is dead. Elijah finds Amos and saves Mary Jane. He comes face to face with his brother Amos and Elijah realizes that killing Amos or getting revenge was no longer important to him. Nothing was more important than being with Mary Jane. Amos softens and shows some regret when he realizes that Elijah was willing to give up his life for Mary Jane’s. Elijah and Mary Jane declare their love for each other and vow to be married even though she thinks her family will not approve of her marriage to Elijah because of his social standing. Her family doesn’t approve at first, but they quickly change their minds and accept Elijah after they hear about how he saved Mary Jane. Two months later Elijah and Mary Jane are married.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I Can't wait for the next book to find out what happens with The O'Connor twins and Mary Jane's sisters, Cora & Faith :)
Posted August 23, 2012
Put Irish hero and historical romance in the same sentence and I
Put Irish hero and historical romance in the same sentence and I’mWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
already intrigued. But if you tell me that same hero has been wrongfully
imprisoned and is tortured with guilt for having failed to save the
woman he loves, that the heroine is a free-spirited woman struggling
against social constraints, and then you add in a train ride? I am so,
so there. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Before the Dawn opens with
Elijah McKinnon gaining release from prison. His first act as a free man
is one that is likely to land him right back in the hell that was
Eastern State Penitentiary. On his way to carry out this plan, he
crosses paths with Mary Jane Lawson. Though he thinks of himself as a
hardened man with only one thing on his mind (no, not sex: vengeance!)
Elijah can’t help but intervene when Mary Jane is threatened. As they
make their way westward, they’re shadowed by some perfectly creepy bad
guys—the kind you really want to see come to bad ends. They also receive
help from several unlikely allies, all of whom deserve books of their
own. I’m just sayin. Circumstance forces Elijah and Mary Jane to stay
together, deliciously trapped in the pretence of being husband and wife.
Delicious for us, that is, as the social mores of the times are at odds
with the couple’s obvious appreciation for each other’s physical
attributes. All of which adds up to some marvelously tense moments
along the way. Will Elijah forsake vengeance to stay with Mary Jane? Can
Mary Jane find the strength to flout her family’s expectations yet
again? Well, this is a romance, after all; but, oh, the journey!
Posted August 20, 2012
I very much enjoyed this historical romance by author Denise Agn
I very much enjoyed this historical romance by author Denise Agnew.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Elijah McKinnon has been wrongly imprisoned for killing his fiancée, and
intends to avenge her death by killing the real murderer -- his brother,
Amos. His plans are unexpectedly interrupted when he meets Mary Jane
Lawson, a young woman travelling alone and in need of his protection
from dangerous men. As enemies shadow their every move, they find
themselves struggling with a strong, mutual physical attraction and a
growing emotional connection that they are powerless to ignore. The
author paints a vivid picture of 19th century Pennsylvania and offers up
a strong, likeable hero and heroine. The realistic development of Elijah
and Mary Jane's moving, well-paced love story makes this romance a must
Posted July 12, 2011
LOOK BEFORE YOU BUY!!
I bought this book awhile back only to find out that there was a major problem. When you open the book you find that a totally different book has downloaded. You'll see what I mean if you download the sample first.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Now don't get me wrong, B&N was very quick to refund my payment and they were very nice about it.
What really bothers me is that they have now known about this problem for a couple of weeks and the book is still for sale - even though the same problem still exists.
Posted July 14, 2011
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