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Where Dreams Begin
Ratings

Overall: 8
Sensuality: 8
Sub-Genre: 9

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Review for Where Dreams Begin
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Date of Review: 01/16/07
Reviewed by: Susan Morano

Reviewer Comments:

This one is quite a page-turner. I've never read a Lisa Kleypas book that I unreservedly loved, but WHERE DREAMS BEGIN sure comes pretty close. The only element that keeps me from giving this story a 9 or a 10 is the heroine, Lady Holland Taylor.

Her name is a little awkward. When she's referred to as Lady Holland, it sounds like they're addressing Lady Lastname. But this isn't an issue, just a minor quibble.

And Lady Holly's hesitations and doubts about her new relationship are not unrealistic. After all, her attraction toward a self-made man, who's from the lower classes, whom no one in her world seems to like or admire -- well, that's enough to make one doubt one's judgment. Particularly when your world is London society circa 1830, and you have no experience of anyone outside of that narrow, aristocratic band of members.

I think perhaps my problem with Holly lies in the fact that her dithers and doubts about Zachary are dragged on just a bit too long, even bringing her to the point of considering her late husband's best friend as a husband. Admittedly, this is partially due to a deathbed promise she made her husband, but the introduction of this potential rival for Holly's hand was clumsily written. There was no hint of Holly's deathbed promise to marry him before this rival turned up. Then again, the husband's tragic death and Holly's grief were already strongly emphasized; indeed, perhaps too much so.

And so, for a while, mercifully brief, Holly is a veritable Hamlet of a heroine, unable to make up her mind. Should I love him or shouldn't I? Will he stay in (physically & emotionally) in love with me if I do let myself love him? Should I act on the physical attraction with Zachary, or should I settle for the friendship marriage with Lord Ravenhill? What to do, what to do... Dither, dither, doubt, doubt.

But fortunately the developing love affair gets back on track fairly soon, and Holly and Zachary have their happy ending, yet not before a rather unusually creative twist from this author, which also neatly wraps up Holly's feelings for her late husband. A very nice touch, which makes up for my dissatisfaction with some of Holly's issues and behavior.

The book has lots of nice touches, such as Zachary's shy mother, who knows more about her son and Holly than she lets on, and his sister Elizabeth, by turns dismissive and anxious about making a debut into a society she could care less about, but who doesn't want to let her brother down. Zachary is a fine hero, a mature Kleypas creation. Holly's little daughter Rose is sweet without being too saccharine. And Holly's maid, Maude, adds some light comic relief, particularly when she's talking about Zachary's household.

All in all, a very good & recommended romance read, if not quite a carry-me-away romantic sweep of a story. Just a few character development flaws in the heroine and an unreasonable plot twist give it a bit less than the highest rating I could bestow.



Where Dreams Begin
Ratings

Overall: 10
Sensuality: 10
Sub-Genre: 10

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Review for Where Dreams Begin
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Date of Review: 07/17/03
Reviewed by: MaryGrace Meloche

Reviewer Comments:

...and the “Golden Pen” award goes to Lisa Kleypas of Romanceville, USA. What a book! Found within these pages is everything I adore in romance reading -- lust, desire, passionate sex, and a satisfying storyline. Is it warm in here or is it just me? Wow. I could not put this book down. When comparing all the books I have read over the last few years, this novel ranks up there in the top ten. Rarely do I rate a book the ultimate 10, but here I found perfection. Congratulations Lisa Kleypas!

Kleypas’ character study is marvelous. I admired both significant players. Lady Holland Taylor is a strong, caring, aristocratic lady in every sense of the word. Mr. Zachary Bronson is a hooligan from the wrong side of the “tracks.” Bronson was the kind of man your mama warned you about. Yet, with this author’s golden touch our lovers blend beautifully.
Lisa Kleypas’ secondary characters are delightful. Lady Taylor’s daughter, Rose, drifted through the pages with innocent charm and humor. Furthermore, the author kept an abundance of social detail moving through the book. She covered everything from genteel etiquette to the living and working conditions of England’s lower classes; yet, managed to offer these sordid facts using remarkable wit and insight.
Definitely keeper material. I will invite Lady Holly and Zach Bronson to join the select desert island book bag. .

  • Rating:
    A.
  • Sensuality:
    Hot.


The Rating Scale
  • A ( 10 ) = a phenomenal read.
  • A minus ( 9 ) = a splendid read.
  • B ( 8 ) = a pager turner -- but problems are surfacing.
  • B minus ( 7 ) = a page turner -- but disappointed.
  • C ( 6 ) = just a pleasant read.
  • C minus ( 5 ) = oh, oh.
  • D ( 4 or 3 ) = a struggle to finish.
  • F = I stopped reading -- to reach the end would devastate my life.



Where Dreams Begin
Ratings

Overall: 10
Sensuality: 10
Sub-Genre: 10

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Review for Where Dreams Begin
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Date of Review: 12/03/03
Reviewed by: Linerva

Reviewer Comments:

MARVELOUS,INTOXICATING,PASSIONATE...you get my drift!

This book is beyond words. It has everything that is needed to capture a reader and more. It begins with Holly a widowed Lady who is accidently seduced by newcomer into the ton, Zachary. Zachary tries to find the perfect wife and he finds her in a hidden kiss at a soiree. Zachary is not from the upperclass originally but from the lower class. He has worked hard to gain himself a name in the money making business but the ton stil regard him as not a gentleman. In comes Holly who he hires to help make the difference but along the way he allows himself to fall in love with her.

The book talks about the political issue then between the upper and lower classes. Of how the higher class feared that one day everyone will be equal and their status would be in jeaporday. Very sad and pathetic actually. They refuse to welcome even those who have really tried to make a difference, where as they just lounge about with their poshy attitudes.

Holly at first cares very much of what others think of her being with Zachary as well as keeping her late husband in mind but she soon reliases that her love for Zachary makes everyone elses ideals seem mild and the one she really wants is the man himself.

And for once now i understand how the whole society works back in the regency period. Lisa Kleypas also gives info about the genteel etiquette for both man and woman.

The other characters are a joy to read as well besides the Holly and Zachary, like Rose Holly's daugther, Elizabeth and Paula Zachary's sis and mum. And many more.

The book is filled with emotion from every angle, and if any lady were to find a man such as Zachary. They should stick with him. Completely enjoyable read!!!!!!



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