The h went home heartbroken Six weeks later she found out she would be having a permanent memorial of her brief but overwhelming love Fortunately her parent s were really nice and understanding people When she told them about her romance, they did all they could to support her But since they all believed the H was married, the parents convinced the h that to seek the H out would tear his family apart and that wasn t a nice thing to do at all When the book opens, the h s daughter is getting married The h is delighted that her 21 year old daughter has found her true love, but very sad that her parents have passed and are going to only be at the big day in spirit.
Nevertheless, the wedding is beautiful and the h is sad and proud and happy all at the same time Over the years the h has started a catering business with one of her friends She gardens and does things, but she has never had another lover or a marriage The experience with the H has weighed to heavily on her heart, she knows she will never love anyone else like she loved him Plus the h worries that at 37, she is no longer attractive or wanted by men she has bought into the eternal belief that older men want sweet young things and wouldn t give her a second look The h also carries the morals of her older parent s generation, she feels shame over her affair with the H and having a child out of wedlock Which is a bit ironic, since her mum tried to get her to date again and explained that the h had no reason to worry that men would see her as easy PJ for once has her h s parents be modern in outlook than the h She just couldn t resist her penchant for orphaning her h tho It is just a PJ thing she can t seem to help herself on So the wedding is going swimmingly and the h sees herself sliding into a solitary, but fulfilled middle age, with maybe some grandma times in her future someday Then she looks across the wedding reception and sees the H Her heart stops, cause she never thought to see him again and here he is being introduced as the cousin of the groom s mother Which also makes the daughter and her husband distantly related, tho it might only be by marriage He also has a very possessive redhead hanging off of him and at first the h thinks it is his wife and she almost passes out Then she learns the woman is his secretary and the h gets really angry To her it seems the H is still up to his seductive, unfaithful ways.
She meets the H in the receiving line and manages to pretty much blow him off as an almost forgotten acquaintance Since she is with her daughter s godfather, the H assumes she is married to him and they distantly part ways Then the H talks to his cousin and finds out the h s daughter is his child too He seeks out the h at her house, ready to lay into her over denying him his child just because she wanted to indulge in a bit of summer pump and dump There is a tense conversation when the H wanders into her house through her open garden french doors, until the h explains her side of the story and how at 16 she really did not know what to do and listened to her parents The H gets two shocks, the first was that the message with his full name and address and phone number had been tossed away by the landlady who was angry that she couldn t manage to seduce him and the second was that the h was only 16 when he met her this is one H who doesn t fancy himself hankering after teenagers, no matter how beautiful As he says to the h, if he had been her father he would have hunted himself down and punched him The H goes on to explain that he had to leave so suddenly because his father had a heart attack and later passed on The family firm was in a shambles and by the time he was able to get back hunting the h, the landlady claimed that the h just wanted a fling and left no forwarding address or information The two of them are really sweet as they determine that the wicked landlady lied, but neither one of them is really to blame in the circumstances The H does want to meet his daughter though and the h, while feeling the bite of maternal jealousy, agrees that a meeting must be arranged The H and h go out to dinner and it is clear the H is still as enchanted as he originally was by the h But the h can t see it, because when it comes to love and relationships, the h is still emotionally 16 and terrified the H is going to reject her The h even thinks the H might be seriously involved with his secretary and surely he must be thinking of her when a mighty protuberance pokes her leg while dancing The H arranges for the h to come up to his home in London to help facilitate the meeting between father and daughter, after the daughter gets back from her honeymoon The h goes to London, expecting to be in a hotel but the H actually wants her to stay at his home Tho the h thinks it is hotel like than home like and the H confesses to being very lonely He did get married for a very brief period when he was 30, but the marriage was all wrong and the wife left him when he wanted kids He got a divorce and we later find out that the H has been celibate for over 10 years ever since The h, who has been fretting for pages about her age, her wayward hormones, losing her close bond with her daughter and the curious rush of lust and love she feels when she looks at, thinks of or even sniffs a hint of the H s cologne, is trying so hard to hide her response to the H that she can t see just how besotted he is I was kinda hoping he would hire out a billboard in ten foot tall letters, declaring his love for the h, but these are nice and modest people, so nothing doing there but the H may have been considering a sky writer The H s secretary manages to insinuate herself between the H and h during the h s visit and the h gets rather angry at her attempts to intimidate the h into running off Especially since the H is EXTREMELY clear he only sees the woman as a secretary and nothing else The h still has the random bursts of jealousy when she thinks of the woman tho, she just can t help herself.
So the H and the daughter finally meet and they get along great, but they are still unsure around each other The H and the daughter both want the h to be there when they visit each other again, this time at the H s newly purchased Elizabethan country home There is some roofie kissing moments too, but the h doesn t want to get anything started in the heat of emotional reunion moments.
The H comes to pick her up for the weekend a few weeks later, and they go to his country house The H badly needs a homey type decorator, you can see PJ badly wanted to start eulogizing about French Blue paint and rag rolling techniques, but she restrained herself and had the h stick to restoring the Elizabethan garden ideas Then the daughter has to cancel her visit, but does manage to let the h know that the H has fired the aggressive secretary she was getting too personal with the H and he has a different target in mind There was than a hint of a cute little conspiracy to get the h alone with the H at this part, it was pretty sweet The H insists the h stay for the weekend and he combats her continual aspersions that she is too old to be attractive He asks the h to marry him, but the h is thinking he just wants a companion for old age and refuses him Then he gives her a sapphire engagement ring he has been carrying around for 20 years He wanted to give it to her in Cornwall but the h got away and he has kept it close ever since.
The h is overwhelmingly moved by the ring and the meaning behind it The ring was almost exactly what she had once described as her ideal engagement ring and the H has had it all this time PJ even lets us know the box is old, like the H had been keeping it safe for years The h changes her mind about not marrying him, because she loves him and always has and she thinks that maybe he only likes her, but surely that can be fanned into a hotter flame She puts on a silky nightie and goes to get her man During her shy seduction she declares that she will marry the H and that she loves him The H is wishing he had hired a billboard fifty pages earlier and then plastered it in front of the h Because he has only been trying to show her he is just as in love for the last 100 pages, but he thought she just wasn t that into him, until he realized the h needs small succinct words stated repeatedly in a very outside voice The lurve mojo is high and they find each other enraptured on the shores of pink cloud true love forever rosy glow bliss They decide to marry right away and the ending scene is a christening The h and H have a three month old son and they are all lurved up and happy with the daughter and the son in law s family all sharing the joy for a big HEA with the h and H deciding to try for another visit to the cabbage patch Cause the h is still a youthful 38 and the H has plenty of lurve mojo motility still in store to populate this corner of PJ s HPlandia This one is sweet and very nice for a non Christmas, but holiday happy December release PJ addresses a lot of the issues that older women might feel, the fears of aging, the pain of having your children leave the nest and the uncertainty of falling in love at an older age This book is not for everyone, the h did a lot of fretting and worrying for a large portion of it But now that I am over a half a century in age myself, I can relate better to the h s worries than I could when I first read this almost thirty years ago This is a sensitive look at love in almost middle age It is a truly rosy glow no glasses required and cozy love story with a highly believable HEA I am huge fan of H s pining for years and this H was so sweet I could feel the sugar rush Plus with his years of NOT sampling the HP lurvely lady buffet and his firing of the secretary cause she bothered the h, topped with over ten years of celibacy on top of it this one is a permanent HP reread and one I like to visit HPlandia with often.
Oh so there are two PJ books with hs named Kate Seton, both from the Dales and both are single moms And I happened to read these two books back to back And both have nice caring Hs I like to read about older couples and this one is unique in that they are meeting again after twenty odd years at their daughter s wedding But this book has a little immature air to it considering we are dealing with an older couple all because of the h In the time tested PJ h way this one is bristly and uptight and seemingly for no reason The H shows than a little interest in her, compared to a complete non interest in the ow, and sherealizes it but still she s bent on giving him cold rebuffs Self protection is one thing but so much paranoid wall building in a 37 yos is painful Secondly the number of times the H had to reassure the h and the reader that she s not really that old or menopausal is distracting.
Also it became too much about the h s insecurities than about a man finding and bonding with a grown up daughter he never knew he had I don t mind vulnerable hs but not perpetually self doubting, prickly ones Still I couldn t dislike the h but she sure is annoying and immature for her age The sexual tension and frustration builds up as only PJ can do it and then conflagrates into a ending which is sweet and spicy and it also has an endearing baby epilogue.
Oh Kate Of all the Penny Jordan heroines in the world, you re the Penny Jodan ist Who else but a Jordan heroine would feel a man s hard on while they re dancing and wonder if he deliberately brought it on by thinking of someone else, just to prove a point to her I am not making this up.
Kate is horrified when at her daughter s wedding, the cousin of the mother of the groom turns out to be none other than her long lost lover and her daughter s father Which in itself, oddly enough, gave her no pause at all I know the British are less uptight about cousins marrying than Americans are, but I can t believe she didn t stop a second to do the math before letting the marriage proceed Kate had never told Joss she was pregnant, believing that he had left her to go back to a wife and child, but in fact both were deceived by an Evil Other Woman Now Joss knows about their daughter, wants to be in their lives, and practically has I m still into you, you blithering idiot tattooed on his chest Yet Kate is convinced he could never love an ancient hag of 37.
There was a nice passion to the story we see very little of Joss s point of view, so it s all told with tragic looks and pauses, which works pretty well But the stupidity of the heroine was a turn off, and I was annoyed by frequent redundancies in the writing For example, It was like a hotel bedroom than a bedroom in a private home is followed on the very next page by It might have been the bathroom in a very upmarket and expensive hotel, rather than a private home And there are two completely different characters, one named Lucy, the other named Lucille And what kind of bitter, vengeful obstetrician wouldn t let a woman have sex until three months after giving birth, in 1989 Little stuff like that kept tripping me up It had its good points as a romance, but I wouldn t recommend it unless you re really into this type of story.
Po faced heroine just can t let go over her poor pitiful me, mother martyr syndrome She thinks she was abandoned at a pregnant 16 only to find out at her daughter s wedding that the man she THOUGHT abandoned her was dealt an emotional blow as well Too bad it was still all about her and her old age She s 37 now, and apparently has one foot in the grave Perhaps some of my irritation lies in the fact that I had my son at 35 The hero deserves better, and she finally gets a clue It s an okay read, but read free and roam, my friends There is far better and worthy romance and angst out there.
This one relates the story of Kate, who has a young girl on holiday 16 meets and falls in love with Joss Bennett 21 and falls pregnant with his child Due to the vindictive interference of Joss s landlady who wouldn t mind a piece of him herself Kate leaves her holiday romance believing that Joss is already married with a child and resigns herself to bringing up baby alone Nearly 22 years later, that baby Sophy is getting married and guess who should come to the wedding yes, long lost cousin Joss on her fiance s side Joss sees Sophy, realises that he s her father and then tries to woo Kate back Obviously Kate is very suspicious of this and this presents the obstacle to their love cue the next 100 pages of wooing, nearly falling into his arms, thinking better of it, then falling into his arms again, before the inevitable Mills and Boon ending is ultimately achieved.
Yes, it sounds like standard MB fare, but there s a bit of everything going on in this book and it really does make for a very well constructed romance There s the vindictive meddling from all the other females who want to be the next Mrs Bennett and plus the fact that they are aiming to become a woman of that name, which is redolent of another very popular romance by Jane Austen and featuring a female lead of that name There are some heartrendingly romantic passages I was nearly weeping at one point, and not with laughter unusual for a mills and boon Hadn t she known from the moment she saw him again that nothing had changed that despite her age and maturity she was no proof against loving him now than she had been at sixteen p 132 There is social commentary about the wisdom of becoming a single mother Come to bed with me, he repeated against her ear, sending fine shivers of sensation racing over her skin I want you,Kate No You don t, she told him flatly, pushing away from him Not really You think you do because because of the emotional trauma of everything that s happened It wouldn t be sensible We d both regret it She didn t want to look at him, but she had to Would we he asked her bleakly, and then added Perhaps you re right Sensible Kate The Kate I knew wasn t sensible at all, was she No, Kate agreed shortly, as she pulled away from him and was set free And look what happened to her p 145And there s humour He watched her and then said softly, Well, if you won t sleep with me, and you won t come to the gym with me, will you at least stay and have breakfast with me p 148.
Kate is feisty and determined and unlike your normal Jordan heroine not rendered speechless by tall, dark, handsome Joss In fact, normally in Mills and Boons, it seems as if most of the communication is being done by engorged, over sensitised nipples and other engorged body parts but in this one the hero and heroine actually communicate with each other It s not perfect there are two paragraphs on pages 98 and 99 in my edition where the heroine thinks the same thing twice which made me wonder if an editor had actually cast an eye over it before publishing it but it s as near perfect as you re going to get in the genre A beautifully told, well rounded story A must read for Jordan fans.
Just did a reread of this Adore this book Another re read, this is like a twin book to A CURE FOR LOVE Low angst, 20 year separation, adorable and sweet reconciliation This was so sweet Might be my favorite 2nd chance romance ever.
And so amusing that the 37 year old heroine thinks she s an old dinosaur Hee hee Grade A The Wedding Brought Them Together AgainFor Kate It Was A Shock To Meet The Man She D Loved And Believed Had Betrayed And Abandoned Her What Was He Doing At Her Daughter S Wedding Joss Bennett Was An Unexpected Guest And Kate S World Shattered When He Looked At The Bride And Said, Sophy Is My Child But Was He Only Interested In The Daughter Whose Childhood He D Missed, Or Had He Other Motives Was It Possible To Go On Loving When So Much Time Had Passed Certainly Joss Was Still A Disturbingly Attractive Man And Kate Knew She Was As Susceptible As Ever To His Charms 3.
5 stars I don t love Penny Jordan s stories with older heroines for some reason This one particularly it just puts a damper on the HEA that they lost 20 years of their life and the experience of raising their first child together And pretty much only because of the spiteful words of an acquaintance what a total waste This heroine was particularly blind to the very obvious signals the hero was sending that he loved her, but the ending was satisfying so I still gave it 3.
The characters are old and there isn t a baby or a little kid like an obligation to they get together The daughter is twenty is old and she is marrying Leastways, something a little different2.
0 Am I the only one who wondered how young she must have looked at 16, if she looked young at 37.