The Enchanted Land

The Enchanted Land

by Jude Deveraux

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ISBN-13: 9780062135780
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/29/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 99,117
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jude Deveraux is the author of historical and contemporary women's fiction featuring women of strong character and gorgeous, exciting men. Jude has had more than thirty books on the New York Times bestsellers list, 60 million copies in print, and has been translated into 18 languages. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading murder mysteries, working in her garden, and in boxing class she likes to show much younger males that she can throw a mean right cross.



Date of Birth:

September 20, 1947

Place of Birth:

Fairdale, Kentucky

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Chapter One

Morgan stared, at the ugly brown dress spread across the bed. She shivered. Remembering again what she must do tonight she turned slowly and gazed wistfully into the without interest her pale hair mirror, seeing and blue eye. She tried cocking her head and smiling. But no...she wasn't pretty, and she was sure she never would be.

She turned quickly as a knock sounded and her uncle strode in. He was a short, portly man, given to excess at the table, He smiled at her and reached out to touch her chin. She tamed her head away.

"What do you want?" she asked coldly.

"Is everything all right? How is your packing coming?"

"Fine." She kept her face averted.

He looked around the room at the closed trunks and, finally, at the brown silk dress on the bed. He touched the silk lightly.

"Why don't you rest before we leave for the ball? You have a few hours yet."

She didn't answer, and he turned and left the room, closing the door behind him quietly.

Morgan removed her dress and replaced it with a plain dressing gown. She lay down but she couldn't sleep. Instead, she found herself going over it all yet again.

The problems had started before she was born. Both her father and her mother had been brought up to the life of wealthy plantation owners in southern Kentucky. But her father had wanted to venture out, to seek the hardships and challenges of the frontier.

After her parents' marriage, the young couple had moved to New Mexico. Morgan was born there. Her mother had nearly died in childbirth. The baby was early, and it was a full eighteen hours before her husband could bring a midwife to his wife. Morganhad heard many times from her mother of the horror and pain she went through all alone. Being a lady, she would not allow any of the ranch hands in the room.

When Morgan was a year old, her mother and she returned to Kentucky. Her mother had refused to bring up her daughter in savage New Mexico. There had been many an argument between her parents, and her father had said that if his wife took their child and left him, he never wanted to see either of them again. And that's the way it had been: she had not seen her father in seventeen years.

Her mouth hardened as she realized that he had his revenge now. In death, he was punishing his wife through his daughter.

She tried to keep her mind off the reading of the will, just two weeks ago, that horrible will that had led to her decision about tonight.

She turned her head toward the door when she heard a light knock, smiling at her aunt's voice.

As Lacey entered, Morgan couldn't help but think how well the older woman's name fit her. Lacey was small and frail, as if she might break. She reminded Morgan of a starched and crocheted doily.

"Hello, dear. Are you feeling all right? I imagine you're excited about tonight.

Aunt Lacey was always so sweet She assumed that, since Morgan was young, she must be excited about going to the ball. And Morgan would have been, too, if the circumstances were different She gazed at the nondescript brown dress, which she had pushed to one side of the bed, and Lacey's eyes followed hers.

Lacey walked around the bed, touched the silk, and said gently, "Brown isn't really your color, is it, my dear?"

Morgan fought the urge to throw back her head and laugh hysterically. "It's all. right, Aunt Lacey. I don't mind

I could have a Paris gown and it wouldn't matter. Nothing could make me pretty, just as Uncle Horace says."

Lacey's eyes were sad. She moved around the room to sit beside Morgan on the bed. She looked at her niece closely. "I know Horace says you're not pretty"

"My mother said so too."

"But I can't help thinking that if you wore brighter clothes and didn't hide your hair ... you know you have lovely hair." She ran a finger down Morgan's cheek. "And such lovely skin." She paused. "I really feel, dear, that if you smiled more, you would be much more attractive."

Morgan grimaced. Her aunt had often told her that if she looked happier and were a little bit livelier, she would be pretty. Morgan smiled faintly at what her mother would say about her aunt's encouraging Morgan to make herself more "attractive." Attractive indeedlike a flower enticing bees.

Seeing Morgan smile, Lacey patted her hand. "That's better, dear." She rose to leave, pausing with her hand on the door. "Could I help you dress, or help with your hair?"

"No, thank you, Aunt Lacey. I think I may sleep awhile."

"Good. I'll wake you in an hour."

The door closed, and Morgan was alone again. She lay back and slept. An hour later, Lacey returned to waken her, then went back to her own room to complete her toilette.

Morgan lifted the brown silk dress, stared at it a moment, and tossed it back on the bed. She had to fight the urge to tear it to shreds. Again, she thought of her father. This was all his fault In all her eighteen years, she had never had to worry about her appearance.

She and her mother had lived alone for fifteen years in Trahern House. Trahem House. The very name made her homesick. Trahern House was one hundred seventy-five acres of green, rolling countryside with a duck pond, bridle paths, and woods. Her mother had indulged Morgan's every desire. She longingly recalled her pretty little mare, Cassandra...

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Enchanted Land 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
BeadQueen More than 1 year ago
I read this year's ago when it first came out. To this day - it has remained my MOST Favorite Jude Deveraux. I loved Morgan and Seth.
Blithely More than 1 year ago
This has always been one of my most favorite Jude Devereaux novels! A favorite book from a favorite author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read every one of Jude Deveraux's books and this was the only one that I didn't like. It was very repetitive and boring. Characters were introduced and then never heard from again. The story line jumped all over the place. Not her best work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm big too big on this author but thought I would try this one and it was awesome! It drags on a bit but I couldn't put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the plot for the story was well thought out although it does repeat itsself often. Devereaux takes geat effort in developing characters and should be commended for her efforts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Without out a doubt the worst Jude Devereaux novel I have ever read. The story is very choppy and repetative and the characters are just plain boring. A real disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was written by two very different people. The book starts off well enough but deviates drastically from the original plot. I am an avid admirer of this author's work but was left wanting. Don't bother with this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still own a very ragged paperback that was bought many years ago. Still take it out every few years and reread it. One of my favorite books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the book that made me an avid reader. I picked it up because I was bored and was completely taken. I'm not big on romance, I prefer fantasy and sci-fi, however, to this day, The Enchanted land is one of my favorites!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not every single detail needs to be spelled out. I was intrigued but then lost complete interest due to the overwhelming amount of repetative details.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was interesting, but the main male character was mentally abusive. No female should put up with what he did and why should he be forgive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It didn't live up to its promise............................................................................. The sample seemed interesting but it very quickly became boring and predictable.  The characters had a total lack of comunitcation with each other.    They couldn't hold the story together for me.  It was my first Jude Deveraux and will probably be my last.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my most favorite book. It's the book that got me started reading in the late 70's. I have read it at least once each year since. The original book is so worn, I had to go on Ebay to find another copy. I've given that to my daughter. It has started her on a reading frenzy as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was her first, and still my most favorite book. I reread this from time to time whenever I am missing Seth and Morgan, and I recently purchased a Nook Color, and I was hoping that it was available for it, however it is not, so I bought Summerhouse instead, a great book as well, but not my favorite like this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the book regarless because it's one of Jude Deveraux's buy it wasn't one of her best. Don't get me wrong it was a good story but it definately could've been summed up a whole lot faster. It was a bit boring in some spots and repetitive in others. I'd recommend it but I probably wouldn't read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is different from any other that Ms. Deveraux has written. This is her only story set in NM -- where she used to live. But it is still masterfully written and will be enjoyed by all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is just so wonderful and very touching. There's just so much to this book that I can't even explain. The plot was great, characters were Lovely. Definetely a keeper. There's just something about this book that makes one fantasize. Fate does actually take its place in this story. The start of this book was terrific. It's one of those books where you can't seem to put it down, having that feeling where you might miss out on something. Deveraux does it once again. MUST READ!
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I love Love Love this book!! I'll never forget the first time i read this years ago. It never gets old! Best book shes ever written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank u ms Devereaux for another wonderful book. My only problem is once I start one of your books I can't put it down. Love laughter suspense are all covered in your stories. Thanks again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book more than 20 times. I've read several Jude Devereaux novels and this is my all time favorite. I read it in the 9th grade and never put it down. A riveting story that will make you laugh, cry, get angry, sad, and make you want to live and fall in love all at the same time. Devereaux truly knocked this one out of the park. I'll be reading it till I die and pass it on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put ithis book down. Their harshed struggles kept me glue to this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She wrote this long ago. I read this book, found in a yard sale, when I was a young girl..seems more like real lifethan what we have come to expect in "fairy tale romances.".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why does her books always have to end without what happens when main charactors get back together. I don't like the ending of her books. It seems to me she keeps using the same plot everytime that is getting very boring. Not wasting anymore of my money on the same boring endings.