Once an Angel

Once an Angel

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by Teresa Medeiros
     
 

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Orphaned and cheated of her inheritance, Emily finds herself stranded on a New Zealand beach, where her only companion is Justin Connor, who is fiercely protective of his island paradise.

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Orphaned and cheated of her inheritance, Emily finds herself stranded on a New Zealand beach, where her only companion is Justin Connor, who is fiercely protective of his island paradise.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Orphaned at 11 in 1865 when her father dies on an island off New Zealand where he has gone to search for gold, Emily Claire Scarborough is, at 18, bent on revenge. She has survived the last seven years at the Foxworth Seminary for Young Ladies in London, learning to fend for herself without benefit of a steady allowance from her absentee guardian. Bitterness and longing mingle in Em's heart, and sustain her until she is summarily sent packing by the school's surly mistress to New Zealand, in search of the man responsible for her miserable existence all those years. Washing up on the beach like so much driftwood, Em soon finds that serendipity has dumped her practically into the lap of her errant guardian, a dark, swarthy Robinson Crusoe-type who has spurned London society. What ensues is an idyllic interlude in a beautiful, untamed paradise, shattered when both heroine and hero are rudely awakened by the arrival of reality and the outside world. Though laced with evocative descriptions of the exotic wilderness, this romance ultimately sours, beleaguered with a plot whose logic is as farflung as New Zealand is from London. Medeiros wrote Heather and Velvet. (Apr.)
Alice Joyce
The rugged coast of New Zealand's North Island sets the scene for romantic adventure between a headstrong young woman and her appointed guardian, Justin Connor. In adversity and humor, the love affair--circa 1865--is launched when Emily Scarborough is thrown overboard at sea by a couple of urchins from boarding school. Arriving naked on a moonlit beach, the castaway and her unknowing guardian embark upon a course with more twists and turns than an alpine roadway. From New Zealand's wilds to London's ballrooms, and including a Maori wedding ceremony, the tempestuous attraction never abates. Even considering the genre, Medeiros could win an award for countless numbers of steamy episodes and scenes of romantic intrigue.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553294095
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.17(d)

Meet the Author

Teresa Medeiros (b. 1962) wrote her first novel at the age of 21, introducing readers to one of the most popular voices in romance fiction. With more than 10 million books in print, published in 17 languages, Medeiros is the author of more than 20 novels, including the bestsellers The Pleasure of Your Kiss and The Temptation of Your Touch. She lives in Kentucky with her husband and her cats.

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Once an Angel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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It is a good book however the ending is dragged out. It could have ended about four times before it did
Joanne Landazuri More than 1 year ago
Great story. Could not put my nook down. Love it.
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I have read the book 3 times and fall in love more with each one.
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This was the first book i read from teresa medeiros and since then i've been a huge fan. The characters are great and the woman is going after the man which we rarely see. It's a really beautiful story and i suggest you read it.
Jennifer Cameron More than 1 year ago
This+book+has+just+the+depth+and+description+that+I+crave+in+novels.+I+loved+every+character+and+couldn%27t+bear+to+put+the+book+down%21+If+you+love+enjoyable+characters+and+laughing+within+every+chapter...+then+this+is+the+book+for+you.+
abbysmom52 More than 1 year ago
This is a bad take on The Little Princess. It was so bad that I just skimmed the last 100 pages. It just went on and on. The main characters were unlikeable and stupid. I love most of her books but NOT this one. Save your money unless you like being frustrated with a neverending story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay book & would have given more stars but she had a horse in 'Whisper of Roses' named 'Pookah' that got shot by its owner saving the lady in distress. The same name (but spelled Pooka) is used in this book(page 19) and is referred to as a hermit. I have thought she had used other names in duplicity but because this was such an unusual name, it struck home. It's hard to believe she cannot come up with original names for her books.