Imagine

Imagine

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by Jill Barnett
     
 

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After years imprisoned on Devil's Island for a murder he never committed, escaped convict Hank Wyatt knows how to survive and believes his luck has finally changed. But when he stows away on board a ship destined to sink, his luck turns bad. He doesn't know if he can last an hour when he is marooned on a deserted island with a beautiful, know-it-all blonde attorney

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After years imprisoned on Devil's Island for a murder he never committed, escaped convict Hank Wyatt knows how to survive and believes his luck has finally changed. But when he stows away on board a ship destined to sink, his luck turns bad. He doesn't know if he can last an hour when he is marooned on a deserted island with a beautiful, know-it-all blonde attorney and three orphaned children. Suddenly looking out for number one doesn't seem to be enough. San Francisco attorney Maggie Smith wants to have a good cry. Thoroughly modern, wealthy, and bright, her unwanted holiday turns bad when she is suddenly cast in the role of mother and forced to battle wits and hearts with the most arrogant, pig-headed man she's ever met. Fate has thrown this makeshift family Robinson together, and kismet tosses in a 2000 year-old floating bottle filled with magic. So now is the chance for a love more powerful than they could ever imagine is only a wish away? Father Goose meets Donovan's Reef in this funny and tender historical romance about misfits who find that life might not be so bad after all...if they can do the impossible, and find a way to be family.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A vivid imagination and a love for fantasy are prerequisites for reading Barnett's (Bewitching) newest comedy romance. In 1896, 30-ish attorney Margaret Huntington Smith reluctantly goes on holiday to the South Seas. After the steamship boiler blows, Margaret, three orphaned children and a goat are rescued and brought abroad a lifeboat by Hank Wyatt, an escaped fugitive who was stowed away on Margaret's ship. Despite a raging storm, the castaways make it to a self-contained tropical island where they easily adapt. The only thing they have to do is learn how to get along with each other-not an easy task for Hank, a self-involved, hard-bitten lifer, wrongly accused of murder. He is a reluctant provider, yet he finds within himself a soft spot and becomes a father figure to the children. The goat is Hank's four-legged bane, and Margaret is his human nemesis; her talking drives him crazy. Margaret has her own problems with learning how to be domestic. She burns everything she cooks and occasionally misplaces a child. Soon the six shipwrecks are joined by Muddy, a genie, complete with classic old bottle. Muddy is a silly but delightful character who takes the children flying and serves as foil for a classic comic pas de deux with Hank. In fact, the antics overwhelm the romance, but it's doubtful readers will care. As a whole, the story is unusual: its plot manages to sidestep clichs and stereotypes and the short, fast dialogue give it a refreshingly clipped liveliness. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Although Barnett's latest demands a greater initial suspension of disbelief than some, once the story gets under way, the characters take over and the fun begins. A genuine genii, an escaped convict with a Humphrey Bogart air, a high-society San Francisco lawyer, and three enchanting children all shipwrecked together on an island paradise provide the unlikely ingredients for a whimsical romp with a tidy resolution. Occasionally, the humor becomes slapstick, and the middle could have been more rigorously edited, but the author's clean writing style and clever characters keep the pace lively. Barnett (Dreaming, Pocket Bks., 1994) has written a number of other light, imaginative historicals. [Barnett lives in Pleasanton, Cal.]

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935661740
Publisher:
BelleBooks
Publication date:
08/10/1995
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
80,910
File size:
3 MB

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Imagine 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so prepared to hate this book, as I really don't care for love stories, but a really good friend recommended it so.....I read it. It really surprised me. At first glance it is a very simplistic story. Ship wrecked, ending up on a deserted island, but where some books go wrong with that story line Ms. Barnett did not. The fact that the couple also are shipwrecked with three children, and that this takes place in the late 1800's makes for a really different tale. Throw in a little magic and you have a very good read. I especially liked the way she used humor, and the fact that the sex wasn't overdone. Quite an enjoyable read.
abbysmom52 More than 1 year ago
Something about her books is a little mystical, a little magical, as if a guardian angel guides things to the proper conclusion. It leaves you with a warm feeling of contentment. Thank - you Jill Barnett.
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cmc575 More than 1 year ago
She is a wonderful writer who really brings her characters to life. This book will make you smile and you will be entertained from beginning to end.
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Imagine by Jill Barnett Reviewer: Pamela Ackerson (author of the Home of the Braves trilogy) Hank Wyatt escapes from prison only to find himself stranded on a deserted island with a beautiful woman, Maggie Smith, and two children from the ship. Cast into roles neither one of them are prepared, they find themselves tumbling into a magical and unique blend of innocence and danger. Thoroughly entertaining.