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When a Stranger Loves Me: Pembroke Palace Series, Book Three

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  • Posted December 26, 2008

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    fine Victorian romance

    In 1874 on the Western tip of the Jersey Islands, Lady Chelsea is besides herself after receiving a note from Lord Jerome Carruthers. He coldly informs her that her brother Lord Neufeld has no offspring after a decade of marriage and is ailing; he will inherit leaving her and her mom homeless unless she marries him, a man many years her senior. When she finds a man lying on the beach having been washed from the sea, she thinks she has the answer to finding an heir. She will seduce the stranger who has no idea who he is as he suffers from amnesia. Her pregnancy will keep the estate and her from odious Carruthers.<BR/><BR/>However, Chelsea¿s plan goes astray when she falls in love with the kind amnesiac. His family arrives to bring him home and he realizes how his nurse used him. As he learns more about the cause of his memory loss, he too is in love, but no longer trusts his hostess.<BR/><BR/>Though readers might assume Chelsea¿s risky plan as inane, her desperation will convince the audience that she sees no alternative unless she marries the despicable Jerome. She and her amnesiac make for a fun Victorian tale although his mystery memory loss seems too easily resolved. Still historical romance fans will appreciate Julianne MacLean¿s fine Victorian romance (see MY WILDEST FANTASIES and THE MISTRESS DIARIES).<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted February 8, 2009

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    Excellent Addition to the Series

    Lady Chelsea Neufeld knew allot about life ¿ well not allot but enough to know what she didn¿t want and that was an arranged marriage to her cousin the lecherous Lord Jerome Cauthers. She was a woman who knew familial obligations but she was also a woman who had known passion and did not want to give that up. While her past indiscretions had created ¿the scandal¿ for her family Chelsea knew her decisions made seven years ago were ill advised and she also knew that she would do anything to help her family short of marrying Jerome. So it would take some quick thinking on her part but if there was a way to save everything she cared for and not have to marry her horrid cousin Chelsea was going to find it. <BR/><BR/>But what Chelsea found instead was a man - not just a man but a naked injured man. Chelsea was ill prepared for what would transpire once she literally stumbled him in the infamous Cannon Cave by her secluded seaside home. This unknown man was seriously injured and Chelsea was not sure he would live but she knew that her family would do their best to make sure he did. While her family was caring for him Chelsea began scheming a way to save her from marriage to Jerome and assist her brother and sister-in-law in their unsuccessful pursuit of an heir. The surprise they did not expect but one that aided Chelsea in her plans was that when the man awoke from his coma the accident he had dislodged his memory and he did not know his name, how he had been injured, who he was or where he came from. All this information made Chelsea more determined with her plan to seduce this stranger and make every attempt to get pregnant and have her brother and sister-in-law be provided with an heir. This all made sense to Chelsea in every conceivable way except her heart ¿ while having him love her passionately all night long the more time she spent with him the harder it would be to let him go and even harder to give up a child she might have with him. Was it possible at all to love someone so passionately and let him go?<BR/><BR/>What transpired behind the scene was the family that this man did not remember was searching for him diligently and that family knew this stranger as Lord Blake Hawthorne. When they finally found him to take him back to his home all the secrets that Chelsea had been hiding from Blake had come out and he knew that she had deceived and used him for another purpose other than affection or so he assumed. Little did he know that Chelsea wanted and desired a child but no longer for her brother and sister-in-law but for she and Blake but he did not believe her and felt that she was using him as only a means to an end. But the damage she had done with her secrets and lies were something Blake was not sure he could overcome but regardless Chelsea may be having his child and she would return to his home with him until it was determined whether she was pregnant or not.<BR/><BR/>What awaited Blake at home besides relatives he did not know was something he never could have anticipated a wife. But was she really his wife, was everything she and her brother saying true and if so why could he not remember any of something so important as a marriage and still have been with Chelsea. Too many questions and not enough answers but when those answers are revealed the truth is more than shocking for all concerned especially Chelsea and her love for Blake.<BR/><BR/>This is Book Three inn Julianne MacLean¿s series and while it is not necessary to read t

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Excellent Read!!!!

    Highly recommend!!! Enjoyed the book from beginning to end!!!!

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    A very enjoyable 3rd book in this series... Well worth the read!

    This was the story of the 3rd Sinclair brother from Pembroke, Blake. He had gone missing in the 2nd book (Vincent's story). His story is an engaging as the stories of his two older brothers. His heroine is another sexy hellion... she is a perfect match for him but he doesn't realize it for a time.
    No mention of Iris in this book and I was so hoping to learn more about her. (Hint, hint... to the author). This was another very engaging read... I didn't want to put it down once I started. Action was occuring on land and over the water... Enjoy!

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