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November of the Heart
     

November of the Heart

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by LaVyrle Spencer
 

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Set at the turn of the century, November of the Heart tells of Lorna Barnett, from a wealthy St. Paul family, and Jens Harken, the ambitious dreamer who works in the kitchen of her family's summer estate. Trapped in a rigid social caste system, yet drawn irresistibly together, Lorna and Jens begin a clandestine affair as fresh and innocent as the summer itself. But

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Set at the turn of the century, November of the Heart tells of Lorna Barnett, from a wealthy St. Paul family, and Jens Harken, the ambitious dreamer who works in the kitchen of her family's summer estate. Trapped in a rigid social caste system, yet drawn irresistibly together, Lorna and Jens begin a clandestine affair as fresh and innocent as the summer itself. But the repercussions of that passionate idyll soon separate them against their wills, forcing them through buried scandal and shame to endure a loneliness where it is always the "November of the heart." Does love have the power to reunite them - when the world tears them apart?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012665492
Publisher:
The Axelrod Agency
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
141,281
File size:
603 KB

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LaVyrle Spencer was born in Minnesota, where she attended high school and met and married her high school sweetheart, Dan Spencer — a decision she calls the wisest choice of her life.
Although she showed a flair for writing during high school, LaVyrle didn't begin her first novel until she was in her thirties, working as a teacher's aide at Osseo Junior High School. Spencer decided to try transferring to paper a recurring dream she was having about a story based on her grandmother's lifestyle on a Minnesota farm. She awoke at 4:00 a.m. one morning, and as Spencer recalls, "you think that you can do anything at 4:00 a.m. I wrote the first half a page in a three-ring notebook with a ball-point pen." She finished that first novel, The Fulfillment, and it was published in 1979.
LaVyrle Spencer could be a character in one of her own bestselling novels, as she has experienced as much love, pain, and bliss as any of her characters. And like her heroines she is a charming mix of fire and warmth, strength, savvy and soft-heartedness. Her books are family love stories, and the characters in her novels aren't perfect, they are real people with real problems. Before they live happily ever after they must overcome some sort of adversity — pregnancy, divorce, a lengthy separation, the loss of a loved one — and then undergo a catharsis. Along the way there are moments of anger, happiness and self- revelation. The stories center on themes of abiding love, family ties and strength in difficult times. According to Spencer, "the trademark of my books is mending relationships, showing people how to mend relationships."
Whether set in the Old West of the 1880s, or today, in suburban Minnesota, opening a Spencer novel means seeing love in a new light, and meeting characters so real it's all you can do not to climb into the pages yourself.
LaVyrle and Dan Spencer live in a beautiful Victorian house in Stillwater, Minnesota, and the Spencers often escape to their rustic log cabin deep in the Minnesota woods. LaVyrle's hobbies include gardening, travel, gourmet cooking, entertaining, playing bass guitar and the electronic piano, photography, and observing nature.

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November of the Heart 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
cawooley More than 1 year ago
This novel is a classic. The story of the struggles between social classes and young romance never gets old. This story is a historical novel, but you could easily imagine the hero and heroine set in a contemporary setting as well. Both characters are very believable. Their struggles are real and not just a bunch of silly nonsence. LaVyrle Spencer has done an exceptional job of describing the yachting/boating class of "society" people and the specific craftsmanship involved with building sail boats. I could almost actually smell the saw dust as I read the novel. All of the supporting characters were very believable and important to the entire story. It was a rich and detailed novel, but not overly cluttered with facts that were boring or not needed. LaVyrle Spencer is a very talented author. I could easily imagine "November of the Heart" as a movie. It's heart warming and emotional and I believe alot of readers will be able to identify with the struggles of the main characters. The ending was satisfying and left me with a good feeling. It's an older novel, but definately worth buying it or finding it at your local library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book but it was obvious that whoever was responsible for proofreading was on vacation. Very distracting typos and poor punctuation. The paper book is fine. I have it but wanted it on my nook. That's where the problems are.
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Kerry Zawislak More than 1 year ago
I love this book, but am shocked to discover that my hometown has moved to New England.
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Elizabeth_AH More than 1 year ago
I read this years ago when it first came out and this love story remains one of my all time favorites, with no real villain and no obvious solutions. As always, Ms. Spencer brings to life characters you know and care about, but something in this particular novel manages to take me just that step further than the average tale. I remember clearly just how hard I rooted for this couple, because I remember bursting into tears at one point. (Not my normal M.O.) Definitely one of my top historical romance recommendations as reader and as a bookseller.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew right from the start that this book was going to be amazing. Jens and Lorna's story made my heart ache. Their love for each other stood even in the worst of times. This is a book where I'm going to read it over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've ever read. It had everything; romance, heartache, a little suspense, and interesting characters. No book has ever affected me in such an emotional way as this one did. The troubles Jens and Lorna endured were heartbreaking. Several times throughout the book I got so upset I cried outright, something I've never before done while reading a book, simply because I was never so moved by a story to do so. This author is so adept at getting to the reader with her realistic characters. The troubles of the young couple notwithstanding, there were also many wonderful moments between them and it made for a very refreshing and beautiful story. Not sense Romeo and Juliet has a couple been so devoted, so in love. Lorna was just lovely, and Jens was a great guy. Lorna's parents were awful, though. They adhered to ridulous class rules to the bitter end rather than support their daughter. There is only one thing I dislike about this author's work in general: I don't understand why L.S. feels the need to tell the reader 'the toilet flushed,' or, as in a case involving Jens, why L.S. interrupted a sweet love scene between him and Lorna so that Jens could go to the river 'to take a bath without soap'. I just didn't need to know that. It's kind of a turn off.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel was so touching! The rich girl / poor guy plot and the historical New England setting were wonderful. A moving tale of "love conquers all". One of the most passionate, heartwarming stories I've ever read. One of my all-time favorites! Ms. Spencer is a true artist!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Lavyrle Spencer book so far. This book would make a wonderful movie or mini-series. I could picture the scenery and characters in my mind as I read it...loved every word, cried, and re-read the ending three times!