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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Completely delicious

    Somebody wonderful was everything a historical romance should be-charming, sweet, gentle. Even laugh-out-laud funny at times. The heroine Timmy was a quirky firecracker, and for all of her oddities, I could totally relate to her. The hero Mick was so perfect-nice-guy I was worried I wouldn't like him at first, but he stole my heart! A great, great book. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2004

    A wonderful, heartwarming tale!

    Policeman Michael McCann has a heart of gold ¿ one that extends to his neighbors, orphans and even to the beat-up dog he adopted named Botty. Mick walks his beat on the streets of 1882 New York when he rescues a female being attacked by a gang. The possibility that she¿s a prostitute doesn¿t deter him from taking the beautiful injured woman to his small apartment to treat her wounds. After all, he knows she won¿t get good treatment at the local hospital. Timona Calverson boldly sets out to take photographs during her short stay in New York City before departing with her rich paleontologist father, Sir Kenneth Calverson, and his personal secretary, Mr. Blenheim, to the next dig site. Why should she be scared? After all, she has traveled the world with her father, lived among primitive tribes and hard conditions. Besides, she learned self-defense from her older brother, Griffin. Those experiences don¿t help her, however, when she¿s outnumbered by several men. Timona awakens in Mick¿s small apartment, believing she¿s in a brothel and the man treating her wounds has less than honorable intentions. She soon realizes her misconception after she learns the handsome Irishman is a policeman. While her initial concern is for her father¿that he and his secretary made the train heading to the next digs in time¿her thoughts swiftly return to Mick. She hides her true identity, determined to win his heart. But first, she wants to learn more about Mick, whose heartwarming smile and reassuring manner set her so at ease. The following day, after Mick responds to a fire in the apartment building, she realizes he has a heart of gold ¿ a commodity that, to Timona, is worth far more than her father¿s riches. Though Mick has his doubts about Timona, he can¿t avoid being captivated by her natural beauty, sense of humor and loving personality. Then he meets Timona¿s brother, Griffin, and the obvious wealth that surrounds Griffin brings the stark reality of their relationship to Mick. He and Timona come from different backgrounds entirely. Even though Mick does his best to explain this to Timona, he can¿t quite bring himself to force her out of his life¿especially when she insists on staying in his apartment. Then her father¿s secretary, Mr. Blenheim, learns of her whereabouts and sends hired men to bribe Mick to forget Timona ¿ an attempt that fails. But Blenheim has his own personal reason for wanting to break up the couple¿s growing love. He wants to marry Timona himself ¿ even if it means kidnapping and forcing her into marriage. Kate Rothwell¿s premiere novel, ¿Somebody Wonderful,¿ is an absolute joy to read, full of humor, an exciting plot, and characters so believable you can¿t help falling in love with them. I couldn¿t put it down! I certainly look forward to reading her next release, ¿Somebody to Love.¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2004

    An unexpected love story

    Kate Rothwell¿s fresh and fascinating debut novel, SOMEBODY WONDERFUL, is a must read for every romance lover. The setting--late nineteenth century New York--is unusual. But it is the characters that make this book special. Mick and Timona are two of the most unforgettable characters you will ever meet in life or fiction. They are surrounded by a cast of characters that will make you laugh, cry and laugh again as Timona¿s uniquely optimistic world view slowly wins the day over poverty, prejudice and greed. This book is a keeper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2004

    delightful first novel from Rothwell

    Somebody Wonderful is just that - wonderful! Kate Rothwell's first novel hints at a gentle talent, a talent to warm the heart. She does not create a hero that is a prince - legitimate or otherwise - a duke, a viscount, an earl, a baron. She does not add another to the flood of Scottish Historicals, she chooses New York City, 1882, and her hero is a caring, hard-working policeman. So refreshing! Often, in Historical Romances you get the impression love was for a feisty heroine and some titled nobleman, that no one else fell in love and lived happily ever after. So it's delightful Rothwell gives us a romance between a beleaguer New York Copy, Michael McCann, and an adventuresome young woman, Timona Calverson. Mick rescues Timona, who is dressed like a boy. She had been kidnapped off the street and deposited in a brothel, but the resourceful lass has made good her escape. Only, she is run to ground and attacked by the thugs. Fortunately for her, Mick is there to save her. He takes her home, stitches her up and she in turn proceeds to upset the man's life. Mick is an Irisher barely off the boat. He saves his money and sends it back to the homeland to the family left behind. He is mistrustful of the rich English, so off the bat, Timona with her British accent sets him off. When he finds she is not a street urchin, but a rich, world-traveler - the famous Timona Calverson - he is not happy. Mick is seeing the delightful, 'valley girl' Daisy. Daisy likes Mick, but her family has higher hopes for their beautiful daughter. Mick believes they have a bit of an understanding, but quickly learns this is not the case. Timona has already decided you don't let a good man slip through your fingers, so Daisy's open flirtation with another man gives her the chance to claim the wonderful and caring Mick. It's a gentle sweet romance, with a lot of strong research into the period, into the Gaelic and Mick's Irish background. All around, Rothwell gives a delightful tales that touches the heart and puts a smile on your face. Somebody to Love is the sequel to this delicate gem, so I am looking forward to Rothwell's second effort. Her voice marks her as a unique talent, one to watch. I especially appreciated Kate's use of multi-POV(Point of View). The rapid anti-headhoppers are beginning to wear thin with me. I appreciate a talented writer who can blend both male and female characters in the same scene instead of the current fad of remaining in single POV. It's give such a richer, more well-rounded story and such stronger characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2004

    Loved it!

    Kate has written a wonderful book with warm, witty characters that will make you laugh and tug at your heart. She captures 1880s New York perfectly and brings a great cast of people to a difficult time in our country's history. I enjoyed every page of this book and can't wait to read her next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2004

    Great Debut

    Now, I might be skeptical of most books where the herione decides to marry the hero in chapter one, but I was already in love with him myself by then. The pursuit of her goal takes the hero and heroine from the rougher streets of nineteenth century New York to the countryside of Minnesota, and I was pulling for them every step of the way. The heroine is the kind of woman you'd like for a best friend, and the hero will make you sigh. The passion sizzles, the adventure romps. What a great summer read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    unique debut

    Somebody Wonderful stars a Hero who doesn't think he's anybody wonderful, and a globetrotting heroine who knows what she wants, and it's our hero Mick! Who can blame her? He takes care of orphans and the others in his tenement, even our heroine Timona. I love the setting of 1880 NYC - so different!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2004


    I simply adored this debut novel by Kate Rothwell--but I especially adored the hero, Mick. He was a very real, very sexy, very endearing character. Timona was a fascinating heroine, as well. She was an unusual mix of sophistication and sweetness, and different from most romance heroines. It was a terrific, fast-paced, sexy read, and I can't wait for Ms. Rothwell's next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2004

    Somebody Wonderful is Wonderful

    A must read for anyone totally enamored with historicals. Rothwell has a delicious way with words. I'm definitely recommending it to friends and family!!!

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