Book Reviews of November of the Heart

November of the Heart
November of the Heart
Author: LaVyrle Spencer
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780515113310
ISBN-10: 051511331X
Publication Date: 3/1/1994
Pages: 432
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 147 ratings
Publisher: Jove Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Set at the turn of the century, NOVEMBER OF THE HEART tells of Lorna Barnett--a young woman 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 inexorably 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 themn--when the world wills them apart?
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1895 in Minnesota a rich girl falls for a mere laborer. The girls parents do anything and everything to keep them apart.
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I must have liked it, I hung on to it for many years. But I did like most of this author's historical fiction...she was a jewel among writers. "...a lakeside resort in the breezy summer of 1895, where love bloomed for two hearts from different worlds..."
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This is one of the best books I've ever read! Wonderfully written! LOVED IT!
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A young woman from a wealthy family falls for a servant who dreams of having his own boat building business. Good character development. Interesting background involving the American Victorian yachting scene.
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Set in Minnesota in 1895.
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When handsome kitchen hand and boat builder Jens Harken audaciously offers to build his employer a regatta-winning yacht, he draws the attention of the master's daughter. Budding beauty Lorna Barnett, disturbingly attracted to Jens despite the restrictions of 19th-century Minnesota's high society, helps him get his chance by breaking down her father's arrogant resistance to new ideas. As the boat takes shape, Jens and Lorna give in to an ill-advised, impossible love that nearly results in a scandal and ultimately requires Lorna to risk the only life she has ever known for the life she really wants.
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Another wonderful book from LaVyrle Spencer--I loved it so much I read it twice!
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Spell-binding story of true love and devotion.
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I couldn't put this book down!! I loved it!!
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This is a book that is hard to put down. It is a story about a man and a woman born into radically different stations in life who challenge the unwritten rules of Victorian society.
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Can't go wrong with Spencer.
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Lorna Barnett was from a wealthy St. Paul family; summers were spent at their second home, where her father was absorbed in his yacht racing, her sisters taken by the latest hairstyles. But at eighteen, Lorna wanted more..Jens Harken was an odd-jobs man, hired to serve and be silent. but he dared to offer his services as a shipbuilder and be commissioned by Lorna's father to build a racing yacht. And as he entered the Barnett's privileged world, his heart fell for Lorna's sweet innocent beauty. but as summer turned to fall, they weathered the tumult of a scandal that would change their lives forever. And shake the boundaries of a world of rigid expectations and unspoken desires.
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Nice fluffy romance with enjoyable characters.
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Good reading. Shows what women had to go thru in the old days romantically. What a difference between then and now! My daughter is now finding out how difficult life can be when you marry someone you don't truely love.
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i love this book. i think this might be the first romance novel i ever read about 15 years ago, and i still can pick up this book and just be transported.
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Annotation
The splendid New York Times bestseller by the author of Bygones, Separate Beds and Hummingbird. Includes a special preview of Spencer's newest hardcover, Family Blessings. LG Alternate.

From the Publisher
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?

From The Critics
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Much to Gideon Barnett's dismay, his daughter, Lorna, has inherited his forceful personality and his passion for sailing. The overbearing millionaire who is captain of the local yacht club would prefer that his beautiful daughter spend her time in more ladylike pursuits, such as snaring a husband. When an impetuous member of the kitchen staff tells Gideon, after a disastrous race, that he can build a revolutionary sailboat that will restore the fame of the White Bear Yacht Club, Lorna is intrigued. And it is not only the boat designs that capture her interest. The love affair between the immigrant Norse boat builder and the society girl trades upon an old story, but one that's ably told by this author with a sharp sense of period detail and the vagaries of human nature.
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Takes me back to my youth!
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This is a story of struggle to overcome class boundaries and trouble that is a stone in the hearts of two people in love. A wonderful read. Could hardly put it down.
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Never read a LaVryle Spencer book I didn't like. I wasn't disappointed in this one either.
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Love her storys
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Love her books!
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Lorna Barnett was from a wealthy St. Paul family; summers were spent at their 2nd home, where her father was absorbed in his yacht racing, her sisters taken by the latest hairstyles. But at 18, Lorna wanted more...Jens Harken was an odd-jobs man, hired to serve and be silent. But he dared to offer his services as a shipbuilder and be commissioned by Lorna's father to build a racing yacht. And as he entered the Barnett's privileged world, his heart fell for Lorna's sweet innocent beauty. But as summer turned to fall, they weathered the tumult of a scandal that would change their lives forever - and shake the boundaries of a world of rigid expectations and unspoken desires.
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Spencer never disappoints, and this book was another one that I hated for it to end! Lovely story!
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Another wonderful book.
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great read and reread
passed on from one friend to another, mothers to daughters etc. help people develop healthier ways to live
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Abridged on 2 cassettes