Just Imagine

Just Imagine

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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Just Imagine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

The War Between the States may be over for the rest of the country, but not for Kit Weston. Disguised as a boy, she's come to New York City to kill Baron Cain, the man who stands between her and Risen Glory, the South Carolina home she loves. But unknown to Kit, the Yankee war hero is more than her bitterest enemy—he's also her guardian. And he'll be a lot harder to kill than she's figured on . . .

Believing that Kit's a boy, Cain offers the grubby rapscallion a job in his stable. But he has no idea what he's in for, and it's not long before the hero of Missionary Ridge discovers the truth. His scamp of a stable boy is a strong-willed, violet-eyed beauty who's hell-bent on driving him crazy.

Two hard-headed, passionate people . . . Two stubborn opponents with tender souls . . . Sometimes wars of the heart can only be won through the sweetest of surrenders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380808304
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 306,569
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Susan Elizabeth Phillips soared onto the New York Times bestseller list with Dream a Little Dream. She’s the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award. A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is also a hiker, gardener, reader, wife, and mother of two grown sons.

Hometown:

Chicago, Illinois

Place of Birth:

Cincinnati, Ohio

Education:

B.F.A., Ohio University

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Just Imagine 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Civil War is over and the country tries to heal its¿ wounds. However, eighteen years old Katherine ¿Kit¿ Weston of Risen Glory Plantation was ruined in the war. The woman from Rutherford, South Carolina has a personal battle to fight. She comes to New York mistaken for a young boy due to her ragged clothing to kill Northern war hero Major Baron Cain, current owner of what is left of her family plantation.

Kit obtains a job working as a stable boy for Baron, but soon learns he is also her guardian. However, Baron soon uncovers the truth that his outspoken street urchin is actually a lovely-determined young lady, who wants him dead even as he falls in love with her.

JUST IMAGINE reengineering a highly regarded novel that started your career¿s rise to the top. Susan Elizabeth Phillips risks doing just that to her fabulous 1984 Reconstruction Era romance RISEN GLORY and succeeds in improving the already strong novel. Ms. Phillips keeps the core essence of the original story line, and the hearts and souls of Kit and Baron intact, but tightens loose passages so that readers have quite a treat that will be labeled a classic seventeen years from now.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
read this book, I fell in love with this story and this is one book that I can read over and over again
Guest More than 1 year ago
This historical, chronicling the stormy attraction between a Southern woman and a Yankee war hero, is actually a revision of RISEN GLORY published in 1984.

At the conclusion of the Civil War, Kit Weston travels from South Carolina to New York to kill the only man that stands between her and Risen Glory, the plantation that she stands to inherit upon his death. Major Baron Cain, Union ¿Hero of Missionary Ridge¿, was deeded the plantation by his wayward mother, Rosemary, who also happened to be Kit¿s stepmother.

Believing that Kit is a boy, Baron hires her to be his stable boy. When Cain discovers his mistake and learns her true identity, he decides to send Kit away to finishing school. Not only does Risen Glory belong to him, but, in a coincidence true only in romance novels, he is also Kit¿s guardian.

Though Kit despises Baron, she agrees to do as he suggests. If not, he has promised that he will sell Risen Glory. But three years later, at the tender age of twenty-one, Kit returns to South Carolina to see the prospering of her plantation. Tension between Cain and Kit is like an electric storm, as they are constantly sparring amidst the sparks of attraction.

The cast of supporting characters are the condiments to this Yankee/Southern sandwich. There is Sophronia, a freed former slave and friend of Kit¿s and Magnus, also a freed slave who is both friend and employee to Cain. And one could hardly forget the ever-proper Miss Dolly, Kit¿s slightly batty, aging Southern belle chaperone.

In the tradition of the tension filled romance novel, Kit and Baron are the perfect protagonists, coming together in their moments of passion, though they are distant and constantly at each others¿ throats any other time. Ms. Phillips weaves a delightful mix of tears, laughter, and passion into this memorable historical, another novel in her growing list of exceptional reads.
DellaDB More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book! I have listened to it twice, on audio book... and I could listen to it again. I wish it would be made into a movie....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read just about everything from Susan Elizabeth Phillips and enjoyed each and every one. However, this book was a disappointment. I found that I lost interest in the characters early on but trudge on hoping it would get better. Unfortunately, I was forced to put it down two thirds of the way through out of sheer boredom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by SEP that I have read. I knew I was in for a winner as the author starts the entry page with the following: ¿So, come back with me to an earlier time¿a time when men were men, and women were put on earth to give them trouble!¿ I just knew it was going to be a great book and I was not disappointed. It may have had many similarities to ¿Gone With The Wind¿ but, it also had plenty of deviances and nuances to make it fresh and unique to itself. Baron and Kit far surpass Rhett and Scarlett in the exciting couple category by leaps and bounds. I really enjoyed our heroine Katherine Louise ¿ better known as Kit. I preferred that she was a feisty wench that rode horses, learned to shoot a gun better than most men, wore shirts and boots and britches, hated to take baths and simply ran like one of the boys. I would have hated her to be the perfect southern belle ¿ instead she was the perfect southern hellion. Even after she learned to be a lady ¿ she kept her naughtiness and that was a delight. I really liked our hero Major Baron Cain. He was your quintessential northern man ¿ tough, hard working, handsome, intelligent and with a hardened but, deep heart. He was scared by life, scared by war but, still believed in better things. He was protective and kind to those he cared for but, made sure to never get too close else he would loose control. I was glad he was not the perfect northern yank ¿ instead he was an imperfect war hero and guardian but, with so much potential ¿ just as we want him to be. The way the story unfolded itself was great ¿ Kit going north to shoot the nasty Yankee who now was guardian of her and her home, Kit not having the courage to kill him when needed, Baron taking her on and when he saw her wildness sent her to New York for years to a finishing school to clean up her act, Kit coming back once her studies was done to claim her home ¿ Risen Glory and of course, once they meet up again the attraction between the two is explosive. They fight tooth and nail to control the land, their home, their lives and their loves. There is nothing gentle and soft with these two ¿ it¿s pure intensity, passion, anger, desire and deep emotion. I was pleased Kit and Baron pulled away the masks of anger and defiance and PRIDE at the end. All I can say is the ending was super satisfying. I really liked all the secondary characters in this story too Magnus, Sophronia, Veronica, Brandon, Dolly and of course at the end, a special young lady named Elizabeth enters the picture. These characters all held important roles in this book and made the story come alive even further with their situations, tales and entwining roles. This was five stars for an excellent tale! It will go on one of my favorite¿s lists now. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is a definate must read. It will blow you away with the plot and writting. very romantic.
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Good bones to the story but misses thr mark
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