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Days of Gold: A Novel

Days of Gold: A Novel

Written by Jude Deveraux

Narrated by Gabra Zackman


Days of Gold: A Novel

Written by Jude Deveraux

Narrated by Gabra Zackman

ratings:
4/5 (11 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Dec 29, 2009
ISBN:
9780743598941
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Description

In 1766 Scotland, the laird of the clan, Angus McTern, has everything he wants in life. Although his grandfather lost the family's land and castle in a card game when Angus was just a boy, Angus takes his duties seriously and is respected by all the men and adored by the women. That is, until Edilean Talbot shows up.

Breathtakingly beautiful and born of privilege, Edilean represents everything Angus despises. Still he is as dazzled by her as everyone else is, and he can keep his feelings hidden from her for only so long. When she rejects him, he is deeply wounded and, worse, humiliated before his clan. But then the day comes when Edilean needs Angus's help, to reclaim the gold she inherited from her father, which is on its way to America. At first Angus refuses, but her beauty — and her tears — so haunt him that he puts aside his pride and decides to aid the heiress.

However, when Angus tries to intervene, he's accused of kidnapping and theft. To avoid being prosecuted, he's forced to leave behind all that he knows and loves and escape with Edilean to America. There, they will overcome almost insurmountable obstacles as they are pursued endlessly by the man who claims the gold for his own. Despite all that tries to keep them apart, Angus and Edilean also find a love as wild and free as the land itself.

The second book in the multigenerational Edilean Series that began with Lavender Morning, Days of Gold is filled with passion, humor, exquisite detail, and pulse-pounding adventure. Stirring and masterfully rendered, this is Jude Deveraux at her best.

A Simon & Schuster audio production.

Released:
Dec 29, 2009
ISBN:
9780743598941
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

Jude Deveraux is the author of more than forty New York Times bestsellers, including Moonlight in the Morning, The Scent of Jasmine, Scarlet Nights, Days of Gold, Lavender Morning, Return to Summerhouse, and Secrets. To date, there are more than sixty million copies of her books in print worldwide. To learn more, visit JudeDeveraux.com.


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  • (3/5)
    I liked this one better than the first of this series, but felt it wasn't up to the standard I think Deveraux capable.
  • (4/5)
    Days of Goldby Jude Deveraux#2 EdileanAudio narrated by the AMAZING Davina Porter4*Although this is the second in the Edilean series, this takes us back to the beginning (1766) with Scottish laird, Angus McTern, and Edilean Talbot, niece of the Englishman who stole away the Scots' land. Even though Angus is really a laird in name only as the property no longer belongs to them, his people still consider him their laird and he still oversees the business of the land because the Englishman doesn't want to do it himself. Angus also is allowed to wear his traditional kilt at the benevolence of the new owner, even though that had been outlawed by England at this point in Scottish history. Edilean is a sweetheart of a girl whose beauty transfixes everyone who meets her, including Angus McTern. Although a misunderstanding at their first meeting causes the laird some embarrassment and makes him fodder for lighthearted teasing and sets the tone for a cantankerous relationship, he starts to see that Edilean's situation may not be as simple or happy as she and her uncle are presenting to the clan. She attempts to run away and escape to the man she loves, and unaware of the full situation and trying to help, Angus quickly finds himself in a spot where he must run away with her, partly to provide protection for her and partly to keep himself out of the hangman's noose. Their adventure brings them to the New World, where they must make their way under the guise of a married couple. After Angus is forced to abandon her to once again escape trouble, she finds her own way and proves that she is not the incompetent fluff of a woman that he seems to think she is.This was a great example of one of Jude Deveraux' historical novels and has all the elements needed for a grand epic story which includes adventure, friendship and love stemming from a forced partnership, humor, frustration and angst. It also shows how difficult life could be for women, constantly having to navigate the unfairness shown them simply for being female. They really were forced into situations of needing men for protection--physical, financial, and to protect their reputations. Although both main characters are likable and you feel they are meant to be together, the hero can be extremely frustrating by going incommunicado on several occasions for long periods of time, causing greater misunderstanding and heartache than was necessary.
  • (4/5)
    I'm finding this series a little confusing as a series and hope that it will all tie together in future books. The first book, Lavender Morning was set in present times, and was a great story. In Days of Gold, the second book, we've all of a sudden jumped backwards in time to the "beginning" of the story of Angus and Edilean who founded the town of Edilean, which the series is named after. What I've found so far, is that each story could stand on it's own. The ties connecting them aren't strong. The story in Days of Gold is a fun romp with a the requisite strong and stubborn characters who simply refuse to get along. I enjoyed this book as I do any of Jude Deveraux's and would recommend it especially to lovers of historical romance.
  • (3/5)
    This novel continues the Edilean series. Unfortunately it was a disappointment after the first novel. The plot dragged throughout the book and at times did not seem to make sense.
  • (3/5)
    Interesting characters, plot twists - a good summer read. Will the setting for the next in the series be in the city of Edilean, on the outskirts of Williamsburg, Virginia?
  • (3/5)
    Fast beach read ...kept my interest enough to finish the book but nothing special
  • (4/5)
    I am a fan of Jude Devereaux, especially her historical novels. This was not one of her best but it does deliver. I would have liked to see more interaction between Edilean and Angus, their romance could have been expounded on some more.
  • (4/5)
    The first half of the book I'd have to rate as 4 or maybe even 4 1/2 stars. It kept me hooked, great story line. But about halfway through the book, it just went downhill. The ending was ok but definitely not one of my favorites by Deveraux. (But it had such pontential!)
  • (4/5)
    I actually liked this book better than Lavender Morning. I thought that Angus was a little too noble in his thinking, but overall the book was very entertaining. I had a hard time putting it down, so even though it is not a book that made me stop and ponder my beliefs as some books do, it was worth reading for the escape from reality.
  • (5/5)
    I very much enjoyed Lavender Morning, the first in this new series from Deveraux, so immediately jumped after this one. Set in Scotland in the late 1700s, Days of Gold tells the story of Angus, a displaced Scottish laird, and Edilean, a orphaned English heiress. Through a series of misunderstandings, Angus ends up helping Edilean escape her uncle (also Angus' employer, so to speak) and head to America to create her own life with her rich inheritance, which the uncle meant to steal upon her 18th birthday.Each are drawn to the other, but Angus is especially determined not to give in to his feelings, as he feels Edilean deserves better than a poor. illiterate, uncultured Scot. Edilean, for her part, thinks he is foolish, but it takes years and a surprise visit from some of Angus' family back home to change his mind.The tension and chemistry between these two is delightful, the story is fast-paced and fun, and the side characters are charming. A wonderful read (I read it in an afternoon, unwilling to put it down)!Recommended.