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Madeline Hunter has published twenty-four critically acclaimed historical romances. Her books regularly appear on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. More than six million copies of her books are in print, and her books have been translated into twelve languages. She has won two RITA awards and is a seven-time RITA finalist. Madeline holds a PhD in art history, which she teaches at the university level.read more
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Funny enough I didn't realize this was book three in the Rarest Blooms Series. It just sounded good when I picked it up at the used bookstore. I will be on the lookout for thre rest of the series as I loved this one so much, that I now need to see what happened in the others.I loved that this wasn't a typical romance story for this period. Our herione isn't the type of lady that you normally read about - her mother was a courtesan and everyone believes she will follow in her mothers footsteps now that she is gone. Celia, however, has other plans - she just has to prove to everyone she is better than they believe her to be.Her friends stand by her after they learn of her mothers past, though some still remain hidden while visiting to make sure their stature in society is not tainted. They even help her in anyway possible - from gathering gossip and lending a shoulder to cry on to helping her garden and offering her a way to earn an income that is not disgraceful.At times Celia could be strongwilled and stubborn and other times meek and scared. I loved this inner turmoil about her and how she was wanting one thing for her life, but unsure how to really go about it. Until she meets Jonathan, she doesn't realize that other people might trying to hide their past and move on with the future.The relationship that develops between Celia and Jonathan is so amazingly sweet and pure. He knows who her mother is, yet he treats her better than she expected. At first it seems that lust takes over between the two, but as the storyline develops you see just how perfect for each other they are and cheer for them to stay together against the odds. They have their ups and downs, challenges when it comes to their respective pasts, and the disapproval of the higherups in society. Will love conquer all or will the stereotypes set by the general public ruin this beautiful courtship?read more
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