The Enchanted Land

The Enchanted Land For beautiful Morgan Wakefield that land lay west of the bluegrass splendor of her Kentucky homed within the powerful embrace of Seth Colter the handsome rancher with whom she had struck a bargain th

For beautiful Morgan Wakefield, that land lay west of the bluegrass splendor of her Kentucky homed within the powerful embrace of Seth Colter the handsome rancher with whom she had struck a bargain that would change her life Beneath the star studded New Mexico skies Colter awakened in Morgan a womans passion, stoking the sensuous fires of a bold tempestuous romance.For beautiful Morgan Wakefield, that land lay west of the bluegrass splendor of her Kentucky homed within the powerful embrace of Seth Colter the handsome rancher with whom she had struck a bargain that would change her life Beneath the star studded New Mexico skies Colter awakened in Morgan a womans passion, stoking the sensuous fires of a bold tempestuous romance Though fate would make them enemies, theirs was a love that would endure, never to be forsaken.

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  1. Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art In 1967, Jude married and took her husband s surname of White, but four years later they divorced For years, she worked as 5th grade teacher.She began writing in 1976, and published her first book, The Enchanted Land 1977 under the name Jude Deveraux Following the publication of her first novel, she resigned her teaching position Now, she is the author of 31 New York Times bestsellers Jude won readers hearts with the epic Velvet series, which revolves around the lives of the Montgomery family s irresistible men Jude s early books are set largely in 15th and 16th century England in them her fierce, impassioned protagonists find themselves in the midst of blood feuds and wars Her heroines are equally scrappy medieval Scarlett O Haras who often have a low regard for the men who eventually win them over They re fighters, certainly, but they re also beauties who are preoccupied with survival and family preservation Jude has also stepped outside her milieu, with mixed results Her James River trilogy River Lady, Lost Lady, and Counterfeit Lady is set mostly in post Revolution America the popular, softer edged Twin of Fire Twin of Ice moves to 19th century Colorado and introduces another hunky man clan, the Taggerts.Deveraux manages to evoke a strong and convincing atmosphere for each of her books, but her dialogue and characters are as familiar as a modern day soap opera s Historicals seem to be all I m capable of, Jude once said in an interview, referring to a now out of print attempt at contemporary fiction, 1982 s Casa Grande I don t want to write family sagas or occult books, and I have no intention of again trying to ruin the contemporary market Still, Jude did later attempt modern day romances, such as the lighthearted High Tide her first murder caper , the contemporary female friendship story The Summerhouse, and the time traveling Knight in Shining Armor In fact, with 2002 s The Mulberry Tree, Deveraux seems to be getting comfortable setting stories in the present, which is a good thing, since the fans she won with her historical books are eager to follow her into the future.Jude married Claude Montassir, with whom she had a son, Sam Alexander Montassir, in 1997 They eventually divorced On Oct 6th, 2005, Sam died at the age of eight in a motorcycle accident Jude has lived in several countries and all over the United States She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and has an additional home in the medieval city of Badolato, Italy.

133 Reply to “The Enchanted Land”

  1. The book flew at 32% Life s too short Sorry, but I must be missing something with this author, I ve now gone DNF with two of her books From looking at the reviews, this heroine is going to get kidnapped again and again, and while I understand that s a common trope in these older romances, with this heroine I Just Don t Care Freaking annoying how she thinks she s so plain and homely, yet all the men are lusting after her tiny body club me over the head with how many times I heard how tiny she was [...]

  2. Wow If I had a list for PILE OF CRAP books this one would be at the top This was my first Jude Deveraux book coincidentally it s also the first novel she published and it was so bad that I don t think I ll be giving her another chance So, the plot Due to her father s will, Morgan has to marry and move to the wild wild west for a year so she can receive her inheritance Enter Seth Colter big, gorgeous and with a ranch in New Mexico I don t remember Morgan, who so far seemed quite smart, decides to [...]

  3. Super boring, super simple language, and super repetitive plot As soon as things get boring settle down, the chick gets kidnapped Everyone has to comment on how thin she is, how full her breasts are, how much better her hair looks when it s down, and how she cleans up nicely Everyone has to misunderstand everything anyone says, feel hurt by it, stew over it, and ruin everything for the duration of that mini plot And there was next to no romance in it It was a very frustrating book, not worth the [...]

  4. I picked this up from my e reader from my local library, wanting a fun, mindless read with a happy ending Instead, I got a hero that was jealous, selfish, and downright abusive in spots Halfway through the book, the heroine meets a genuinely nice man who loves her deeply, and he is written off into the sunset , which I thought was a real tragedy.The villain in the piece is stereotyped in a borderline racist way, and there is no satisfying denouement to the arc of the villain s story There were a [...]

  5. I picked this up because some numbskull on tumblr commented on the strong character of the female lead in this romance book that trumps classic romance book norms All lies Morgan is a grown ass woman but simplified and sexualized as a little girl I was excited at first by her declarations of independence, stating no man will ever take away what she wants out of life But as soon as she meets Seth, an older dude who acts like a 13 year old, she goes into a swoon because he s big and manly The char [...]

  6. Gee verbal, emotional, and physical abuse, plus rape, sex trafficking, and racism to boot who wouldn t want all that in a romance novel Plus this whole story is basically built on the notion that The woman needed someone to control her life GAH And apparently, men listen up now, how you do that is by staging a fake kidnapping of a woman who has already been kidnapped twice, gagging her, making her think she s going to be raped, and then stripping her naked so you can lecture her about what a mes [...]

  7. Done Whew, that was a chore Note to self steer clear of the older romance novels That s about all I can say I didn t completely hate it I just didn t like it very much I didn t really care for the ending very much But I didn t give it just 1 star because parts of it were very interesting and had potential But things went downhill and just continued to go downhill I only finished because I had gotten so far into it and refused to let it defeat me It had potential, but just fell apart and never co [...]

  8. About now, I thought I am already aware of the cliches in a paperback romance novel A lady would meet a man sometimes twice her age if not troublesome or arrogant or prideful, the man is either so sweet and so kind Of course all the heroes should be good looking Then goes the heroine Of course in each and every story, she must be beautiful and gorgeous All things are perfect Perfection is always inevitable This fact I am completely aware of But then, I was astounded This is completely different. [...]

  9. I like it at first but after further reading, I came to a point where i don t want to read it any because of a lot of despicable things that kept on happening to Morgan She was always being put to a situation where she has to undress herself for everybody s eyes especially men I don t like the ending for i think something is lacking to the story What happened to Gordon What happened to Joaquin after going to Spain etc It s not that satisfactory at all It s the first time I read a book of Jude De [...]

  10. I just love Romance and Adventure and this book had a lot of it.what i loved about this book was that the H H Meet right away They became friends they tried resting temptation, and falling in love Then they were torn apart by, obstacles like misunderstandings, kidnappings jelous high temper hero as well as a stubborn heroine And it all add up to a great love story

  11. I have read almost all of Jude Deveraux s books and have thoroughly enjoyed all but this one and the Forever Always group This one I almost put down because it truly seemed as if a different author was writing at times I had no idea this was her first book It was just bizarre how Morgan kept experiencing the same tragedies and Seth was just a bumbling hot head Not one I will re read.

  12. 2.5 This was one of those big misunderstanding books It irritated me because it kept the characters apart for two years Also,there were so many things that I felt could have been left out The book was about 50 pages too long.

  13. I was disappointed for the first time with Jude Deveraux this book had stupid mistakes by people who know better not her usual insight into characters.Setting plantations in south Kentucky including Trahern House ranches in New Mexico brothel in San Francisco mansion home in San Francisco Theme inner beauty vs outer beauty bargains made but without anticipating the consequences jealousy anger distrust loveCharacters Morgan born in New Mexico, but mother hated it, and took her to Trahern House, h [...]

  14. Rounded up from 1.5 stars These two fools deserved each other Seriously, has no one heard of talking listening Or is that only something REAL people do in a relationship And how many times can one woman be kidnapped So many characters were added to this novel for the sake of driving the plot Half of them and the entire sojourn to San Francisco could have been omitted simplified and please get rid of the rape pregnancy trope I m quite glad that romance novels have evolved since the 1970s.

  15. The story starts out wonderfully Seth and Morgan are full of chemistry as their friendship and love grows There is humor in their banter and I couldn t wait for their marriage to start working If you haven t read The Enchanted Land then I suggest you stop reading because I m about to reveal some major spoilers As Morgan and Seth head to New Mexico they encounter a lot of misfortunes mainly Morgan getting kidnapped Add in Seth s raging jealousy and you have the works of a classic old school roman [...]

  16. This was an all nighter for me First book of Ms Deveraux and her writing agrees with me.I like that the H h meet right away, the first 125 pages or so were quite beautiful You get to see the couple becoming friends, resisting temptations, falling in love But since all this happened in the first quarter of the book, there must be many, many obstacles for the them to endure So throw in some misunderstandings, numerous of kidnapping, a jealous high temper hero and stubborn heroine and you got yours [...]

  17. Morgan has been living with her aunt and uncle for the past two years since her mother died Her father from whom she was estranged passed away recently and if she does not marry before she is 25 her inheritance will go to her uncle But her uncle is planning to take her away to Europe in a few days He also dressed her in clothing that was ugly and too large so she would not look pretty She meets Seth Colter at a ball She hears that he has a ranch in New Mexico That is where she needs to live to c [...]

  18. This book had me avidly plowing through it wondering what could possibly happen next to the characters They got together in an unconventional way but managed to find real love with each other Due to mistakes on their own parts and other peoples agendas and ulterior motives they kept being separated and reunited multiple times throughout the book and each time in a different way Morgan truly had a crazy journey from start to finish and it kept me interested the whole time Seth had plenty of adven [...]

  19. Jude Deveraux is my favorite author and I was excited to read her first book.It started off great.However, it was very draggy and amateurish.It felt like she included every possible idea she could into this booktoo many characters and too many plotsthis one book could have been split into four different stories The book lacked refinementMore than a historical romance, every now and then I felt like I was reading a contemporary one.The difference between her writing in this book and the present o [...]

  20. I have enjoyed jude deveraux for a very long time now, probably 15 years, and I had never read this, her first book I finally read it and it was a quick couldn t put it down romance There was a moment where I wanted to stop reading, but I pressed on and really enjoyed this book Just when you feel comfortable with the romance, it takes a turn for the worse, when you think you know what s going to happen, something completely different happens You think she s going to zig and she ends up zagging T [...]

  21. I might have enjoyed the story if it d been written a few years into Ms Deveraux s career The simplistic writing style really pulled me out of the story left me feeling disconnected from the characters Two stars for potential, though Clearly someone saw something in her writing with this book gave her a chance, which resulted in some really stellar books later in her career.I could have done without Morgan being this teeny, weeny, precious, tiny, little kitten and all other women in the book be [...]

  22. When Morgan Wakefield finds out she has to marry in order to receive her inheritance, she asks Seth Colter, a handsome rancher with land in New Mexico Seth is intrigued by Morgan and agrees to the proposition Morgan thinks they will be married in name only and after a year, they ll have the marriage annulled and both return to their lives Seth has other ideas Morgan interests him and she gets prettier and loveable the longer he is around her.As they travel to New Mexico, Morgan and Seth grow cl [...]

  23. This book seems to be early in the writing career of Jude Deveraux Her later books are involved and historical in nature This book is a romance that introduces us to New Mexico in the early days of settlement Between the kidnappings, frustration, and misunderstandings of the major force in this book, a rich story develops This book might be early in her career, but show Deveraux to be a fabulous storyteller It was predictable, and the ending seemed to be a little forced and convenient, but a ve [...]

  24. It was SUPER fast paced.So many things happened in this novel I feel like there s enough material in here for a TV series, haha For that, I give the plot and the characterization two thumbs up Being one of Jude Deveraux s earliest novels, I can say that she improved her writing style a lot through the years, sheepish smile A number of sentences made me cringe while reading because they feltwrong Some words felt wrongfully put together The whole storyline makes up for it somehow though.

  25. I don t know why I torture myself by reading Deveraux s books Decent story but too much sadness interspersed for my tastes About a girl with an inheritance deadline and an uncle determined to keep her from meeting the terms of her father s will in order to gain the inheritance himself by default The terms she must meet in order to inherit are she must marry by her next birthday and live a year with her husband in New Mexico Desperate the girl asks a man who owns a ranch in New Mexico to marry he [...]

  26. The Enchanted Land lay west of the bluegrass splendors of her Kentucky home, east of the gold dappled salons of San Francisco, beneath the star spangled skies of New Mexico, and within the powerful and tender embrace of one man Love had made Morgan Wakefield beautiful, for as Seth Colter s lips lit her heart afire, her tousled hair fell golden, her face blushed amberd men could not live without her.From a Spaniard s captive to a land baron s wife, Morgan endured, for always she held in her heart [...]

  27. MediocreJ.D has written some wonderful novels This one was written well, but I did not like the story or most of the characters The main character was demeaned many times over what really annoyed me is that only teen aged, skinny girls were described as sexy, while larger women past their teens were depicted as either humorous, evil or stupid But older men were described as handsome and sexy The meandering story was kind of irritating, and the double standards and Chauvinistic attitudes were ann [...]

  28. I was not impressed This book had too many kidnapping situations and misunderstood actions It may have ended well but the twists and turns in the storyline were just too sharp and rather outlandish The only characters I really liked was Theron and Lupita Our main characters were too flawed for my liking, well maybe not flawed but selfish and unseeing It made for a book filled with awkward occurrences I was rather disappointed when I usually like books from this author this isn t one of them.

  29. Morgan Wakefield is raised by her aunt and uncle and if she doesn t marry by the time she s 25 all her inheritance will go to her uncle Morgan s uncle dresses her in ill fitting clothes and anything else he can think of so she will not be desired as a wife Morgan just wants to live in her family s home but can t do so without her inheritance Morgan meets Seth Colter and strikes a deal with him, to marry her for one year so she will get her inheritance and he will receive 25,000 then be able to g [...]

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