Not only a cheater but a blatant unapologetic cheater and his doormat wife sighhttps www goodreads com review show The best From Fields of Gold Author Alexandra Ripley
Not only a cheater...but a blatant, unapologetic cheater...and his doormat wife. sighhttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show...The best From Fields of Gold Author Alexandra Ripley am Ebook Fifteen years after the Civil War, Francesca Standish is poor and a spinster Nate Richardson is determined to obtain the patent for a machine that can earn him a fortune in the tobacco industry Francesca names the price the rights to the machine in return for marriage to her.. Alexandra Ripley was an American writer best known as the author of Scarlett, the sequel to Gone with the Wind Her first novel was Who s the Lady in the President s Bed Charleston, her first historical novel, was a bestseller, as were her next books On Leaving Charleston, The Time Returns, and New Orleans Legacy Scarlett received some bad reviews, but was very successful nonetheless She attended the elite Ashley Hall, in Charleston, South Carolina, and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.She died in Richmond, Virginia, and is survived by two daughters from her first marriage to Leonard Ripley, a son in law and granddaughter, Alexandra Elizabeth.Ripley has also published works under the name B.K Ripley.. Popular Kindle From Fields of Gold Why I Forgot About This Book At the Bottom Of My Closet and Probably Should Have Left It There.As you can tell from the above, I was not a happy camper with this book. The basic story is the h Chess marries the womanizing man ho (okay the H) Nate. She also comes with a patent for a fancy schmancy tobacco rolling machine-- yep this is the beginning of the smoking industry before we all got wiser and learned Just Say NO. Chess is an amazing woman for her time, as the author would have you believe, she stands with Nate as a partner in his burgeoning business, runs a gracious Southern home and is a proud mama of a feisty little girl. Nate is a womanizer, three mistresses at a time, various visits to bordellos and a fatal infatuation for kinky sex with his minister brother's wife who is a manipulative witch of the first order. In spite of all this manly love he is dishing out, he can't even make sure his wife enjoys sex because "ladies don't like sex". So what does that make his sister in law who is a minister's wife? The worst part of all this is Nate feels ashamed of his addiction to sex and he tearfully confesses to Chess his inability to let his affair with his sister in law go. So they go to England, Chess to buy furniture, Nate to get out of his affair with Lily the sister in law. While there Chess meets her cousin Randal who is an amazing lover and starts up an affair. She is now 45 and has been married for 15 years and has never been kissed or had an orgasm. Well at least the girl gets some and she is really enthralled. Time moves on, as it does and Nate and Chess return to the US and in the course of events Lily has a son and tells Nate it is his. Nate is over the moon of course and Lily is ecstatic cause now she can really make Nate pay through the nose. Lily has been charging for her services over the years and previously lost her remittances in a bank failure, but she is smexxing Nate for all he is worth and he cheerfully forks over the cash. Chess basically tells Nate he is a pig, the boy is probably Lily's husband's and not his, (and given the alternative entry positions, I have to agree) and he better start appreciating his daughter or life will soon become horrible for him at home. She also adds he needs to wash as he has never come home stinking of his women before and don't think he can start now. With all of this edifying and enlightening action going on, Nate and Chess are invited to the Vanderbilt's and there Chess runs into Randall again. Randall has decided he is in love with Chess and she should divorce Nate, get a huge settlement and go shack up with him. Chess decides she needs to make Nate admit his love and smex him up for good times in bed. This happens on the last page and bang, supposed HEA.My Take-- WTF? The ending of this story was badly done. There is no resolution to the Lily plot, there is no reconfiguring of the marriage or any acknowledgement that a new beginning is being made and there is no guarantee or attempt to assure the reader that Nate really loves his wife and will stay faithful. I know he won't stay faithful, the man's a dog. He loves Chess but he isn't in love and Chess, for all she acts like an 18 year old ingénue, should have gotten a better resolution. Ms. Ripley was a Southern Lady and I do mean that capitalized, unfortunately it comes across in her writing. Her gentility gets in the way of really writing what needs to be written to make us believe Nate and Chess have a chance in the love stakes. Nate needed to have a revelation that he could have moderately kinky sex with Chess and both could enjoy it. Chess needed to hear Nate apologize and explain that he really wants her and only her. As it is left, Nate will be having nice sweet sex with Chess and go to Lily when he needs to get his kinda kink on. Even the kink part is ladylike and if your going into sexual obsession, you have to be gritty. Polite little descriptions are okay, but they don't convey the power of a full fledged sexual obsession. Surprisingly, she did a good job of describing Chess's infatuation with Randall but fails miserably when it comes to Nate. I know Nate's obsessed because she tells me he is, I know Chess is obsessed because she shows me. Randall is another sore point. Chess deserved some lovin', no one more, but she also deserved a better lover than Randall who basically comes off as chasing her for her money. This is a deliberate character bias on the author's part, cause Randall was actually decent to Chess and treated her like a desirable woman. I wanted Chess to be with Randall, he cared. Ms Ripley realized too late that she wrote herself into a corner and had to make Randall look like a jerk so Chess would stay with manho Nate. This book was such a disappointment on the romance front, I had to throw it in the back of a closet and it is going back there now. If you read this, read for the history, the famous historical characters and the interesting story of a woman who carves out a place for herself in business as a" power behind the throne" thing. Don't read it for the romance cause IMO, there isn't much of one.
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