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The Endearment
The Endearment
Author: LaVyrle Spencer
Through a series of lies, a woman leaves poverty in Boston to be a mail-order bride for a man living in Minnesota. As the two grow to love one another, she is torn between wanting to tell him the truth and a fear that revealing her deception will kill their fragile relationship. — SECRETS OF THE HEART — ANNA - Hoping to escape the shame of her str...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780515103960
ISBN-10: 0515103969
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 352
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 144 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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reviewed The Endearment on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I love her books, and this one is typical of them. There are always well developed characters and an interesting storyline. This one is an older one, and it's set in the Minnesota frontier. Anna is a "mail order bride" who has misled her fiance about herself and her capabilities.
Grnemae avatar reviewed The Endearment on + 440 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Another great book from Ms Spencer.
Anna - hiding secrets and trying to escape her past as a street urchin becomes a mail order bride to Karl, a gentle man from Minnesota.
A story that keeps you spellbound as the twists and turns of a developing love play out.
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Helpful Score: 1
A beautiful story Karl and Anna Are so real and I enjoyed it so much that I was sorry when it ended.
robinmy avatar reviewed The Endearment on + 1669 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Desperate to start a new life for herself and her brother, Anna Reardon responds to an ad for a mail-order bride. After months of exchanging letters where Anna twists the truth, she agrees to travel to Minnesota and marry Karl Lindstrom. Karl is a 25-year-old Swede who has been farming his own land for two years. He wants nothing more than a wife to share his farm with. What he gets is a 17-year-old girl who can't cook, can't read, and has a little brother in tow. Karl is not happy that he was lied to, but forgives Anna in hopes of building a life with her. But when another revelation comes to light, Karl doesn't know if he can continue their relationship.

This is a sweet historical romance with well-developed characters. Karl has spent two years alone in the wilderness and is desperate for a family. Anna wants to escape her past and refuses to leave her brother behind. Their relationship pulls the reader in and gives us something to root for. Some may think the story is slow with too many details about logging, cooking, and any of the many tasks they perform day in and day out. I felt the descriptions of their home life added to the atmosphere of the book and made an enjoyable read. My rating: 4 Stars.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoyed this book. I read on wikipedia that Spencer's publisher would not publish this book because it did not mold to the usual romance genre standards....the hero was the protagonist and a virgin, while the heroine was not. It was published by a different publisher later, and I'm glad it was! It's always refreshing to read a book that shakes the standards
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Another great Spencer book!