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Yes, PERLOU, I also really enjoyed this volume by Anne Gracie and is my favorite so far. I think it is because unlike some of the stories I have read, it brings us a bit out of the realm of the mainly privileged group and their challenges of wealth, legitimate social ranking and feminine suppression and introduces another type of conflict as well. It was heartbreaking to be reminded through story of the stark reality of the times where children were betrayed, lost, abandoned or abused with no recourse but to put on the armor and develop coping mechanisms in order to survive. This goes on today as well, which I witnessed first hand during my days as a social worker. In that case, despite the attempts of the system to intervene with all kinds of money and support, there is rarely a happy ending as in the novels we read. However, I love the happy endings and it helps to heal some of the trauma we live through not only in our own lives but vicariously through the characters.J'ai terminé hier soir "la Première Valse" d'Anne Gracie - Série "Les Soeurs Merridew" Tome 2
Il m'a beaucoup plu aussi, il faut dire que ces soeurs sont très attachantes et leurs aventures très intéressantes...
Les sourires et les larmes apparaissent souvent...
Je suis déjà à la moitié du tome 3 de la même série qui est tout aussi passionnant et tous toujours très différents...
Il ne me reste qu'un seul livre d'avance et j'ai peur d'être en manque...
J'ai l'impression que ces romans sont comme une drogue et me détourne complètement de la vie réelle, ce qui est merveilleux...
I finished last night "The First Waltz" by Anne Gracie - "The Merridew Sisters" series Volume 2
I really enjoyed it too, I must say that these sisters are very endearing and their adventures very interesting...
Smiles and tears often appear...
I am already halfway through volume 3 of the same series which is just as exciting and all still very different...
I only have one book left and I'm afraid I'm running out...
I feel like these novels are like a drug and take me away from real life, which is wonderful...
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If you look at the covers of her books, they are beautiful and delicate, like her writing. I love to look at them. I love to read her, also. She is a good writer, yes indeed.Some are probably prepared for their particular mission. If one takes the example of Mary Balogh, her biography reads, as if her work as a writer was well set from childhood. She lives by the way in Saskatchewan, during winter in the city of Regina (also the Latin word for queen) which I find rather amusing considering that she is a queen of Regency romance novels.
I agree with you loreta. I love Balogh's book covers, they're classy in an old-fashioned kind of way, elegant and romantic. Not tacky or cheap at all!
A big thank you PERLOU, this will serve me as a starting point.Sur cette page Don Cesar vous avez les titres en Français dans la colonne H1. How to Use this Document Activity,Links Want to see the Recommended Books List?,<a href="#gid=0">Go to "2. Recommended Books" Sheet</a> Want to update the Non-English Book Title? Note: you need "BookID" from "2. Recommended Books" Sheet,<a href="https://forms.gle/D8QvarhjCRy8Ke1e7">Click here...docs.google.com
Dans la colonne A le nom des auteurs
Dans la colonne B les Séries
Cependant dans les séries même si se sont des suites chaque livre a un début et une fin et peut être lu seul
Je vous recommanderai de prendre le premier livre d'une série et si l'histoire vous plait vous pourrez la continuer
Par exemple les Soeurs Merridew d'Anne Gracie commencez par le tome 1 et voyez d'après votre ressenti...
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On this page Don Cesar you have the titles in French in column H
In column A the name of the authors
In column B the series
However in the series even if they are sequels each book has a beginning and an end and can be read alone
I would recommend you to take the first book of a series and if you like the story you can continue it
For example the Merridew Sisters by Anne Gracie start with volume 1 and see how you feel...
Enjoy your reading...
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They are rarely willing to give up any of their secrets early or all of them at once. Sometimes, if all else fails and the story (and the romance) is stalling, I end up asking them, often aloud, where their deepest pain lies hidden. There is always something. Once I know that, then I can set about bringing the character healing so that he/she can reach the point of being able to give love and to accept it and settle to a lasting, meaningful love relationship.
Heavy, gut-wrenching, and brutally honest.I agree with your spoiler
I thought Perry took the principle of Free Will a bit too far here, tending towards the extreme end of the spectrum (possessiveness and wanting to impose one's will on someone on one end, VS letting someone completely free to choose whatever they want to do, without interfering in any way, on the other end).
They were married and made a vow of commitment, and promised to support and help one another, after all.
Within a marriage, self-effacement and just "letting the other be" are not particularly appealing or healthy.
Of course it's a fine line to walk. But I think Perry could have opened up about his feelings, while assuring Grace that she was free to choose between Gareth and him.
He could have said something like this:
"I know that you loved him in the past and his return has sent you in a turmoil. I would be lying if I said I'm not affected by it and that I am not afraid of losing you. I've grown to love you, and want you to stay. But I won't force you to. I want you to be free to make your own choice. If you choose to leave, I'll be hurt. But know that my heart will be far more broken if you choose to stay out of duty, or pity, or because you think you're "doing the right thing", while your heart is "not in it", and is with him (whatever I think about the guy). I want you to stay because you want it, because your heart is with me. Not for any other reason."
Or something along those lines. But yeah, trial and error
It kind of echoes what Alex tells Edmund at the end of Gilded Web, when she tries to make him understand something that should be essential in any committed relationship.
It's not really 'love' to just tell your partner that they're totally free to make their own choices, as if you were not involved, as if you were not part of the equation, so to say. To your partner, the image you give is that of someone who just doesn't care, who just doesn't need you. It can even appear condescending, impersonal ("I love you so unconditionally that I actually don't need you. You can go, you can stay, that's fine by me"). Free will and saying to someone you only want their happiness is great, but what if what the other needs is actually for you to need them, for you to open up? How is that supposed to work, then, in terms of "unconditional love"?
Balogh really nails it here (Alex's heartfelt speech in Gilded Web):
"Alex: Tell me about you, Edmund. How do you feel about all this? How do you feel about last night? Will you be happy? Do you have any regrets?
Edmund: I have grown fond of you, Alex. and I do not need to tell you how I felt about last night. I want you to be happy. If you are happy in what we have decided, then I am content. No regrets, dear.
Alex: No, she said. That is not good enough, Edmund. I do not want to know how you think you should feel, or what you think you should do. You have given me so much, Edmund. You have always been so selfless. But you have never given me yourself. Your body, yes. But not you. I don't know you at all.
– You are the important one here. I have had a happy life, Alex and have been abundantly blessed. You have not. And if I can do one small thing to make you happy, then I will do it willingly. I have done it. I have set you free. It is what you wish, is it not?
– Show me you are vulnerable. Show me one sign, Edmund. Are you hurt in any way? Even in the smallest way? Have I hurt you at all? Show me one chink in the armor. Show me that you are not all saint. Show me that you are a man who can feel and suffer. Please.
I thought that was freedom that I wanted until I had it and realized that that was not it at all. What I wanted, Edmund, what I always wanted, is to be needed. I have always been cared for and trained and disciplined by Mama and Papa. I have been loved and protected by James. And I have been sheltered and treated with incredible kindness and courtesy by you and your family. But I have never been needed. Feelings have always come to me from others. No one has ever seemed to need my feelings to flow back again. No one has ever really needed to be loved by me.
– I need you. My God Alex, I need you."
Balogh at her best!
Thanks a lot for sharing Laura,For general interest: