Book Reviews of This Side of Heaven

This Side of Heaven
This Side of Heaven
Author: Karen Robards
ISBN-13: 9780440208273
ISBN-10: 0440208270
Publication Date: 7/1/1991
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 45 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
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A tantalizing story of a gambler's daughter and the straight-laced community she faces down. She goes to mourn her sister, and finds her handsome brother-in-law healing kisses. A captivating love story that gives us a glimpse into life in the 1600s.
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enjoyed it!
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Great romance. I enjoyed it, could not put down. This is the first publishing of the book, so the cover is different from the one shown.
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he was everything she feared... and all she ever wanted...
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he was everything she feared and all she wanted this side of heaven.
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When her father dies, Caroline Wetherby sets out for the New World to live with her older sister and husband. However, Caroline used a worthless bit of jewelry for her passage and the captain went to Caroline's brother-in-law, Matt Mathieson for the money. Otherwise, she would have to be indentured to pay off the cost of the trip. Reluctantly, Matt pays it because his wife died two years before and he, his sons and his brothers have lived rather slovenly since then.

Thinking that Caroline was as bad as her sister, the boys and men did not warm up to her quickly. Caroline, however, is in the dark about what was wrong -- and why everyone disliked and avoided her sister.

I've never read anything by this author before and at the start the book was interesting. The author seemed to have a good grasp of colonial times and attitudes.

This book could have been condensed by 100 pages easily. This story seemed to meander a bit until the last 15 pages (or so). Then it ended rather abruptly. Other than sharing the speech patterns and attitudes of colonists, there was nothing special about this story.
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Defiantly beautiful, Caroline Wetherby stepped ashore in a land so wild and fierce, she trembled. She had come seeking refuge with the last of her family, but her sister was dead. Waitint to greet her were pious Pilgrims, warring Indians, howling wolves, a boisterous household of men and boys...and him, her rugged, unwelcoming brother-in-law, matt mathieson. Caroline wanted to hate Matt as she hated all men.