- By LaVyrle Spencer

The Endearment

  • Title: The Endearment
  • Author: LaVyrle Spencer
  • ISBN: 9780515140811
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Endearment From the streets of th century Boston to the harsh frontier she wove a web of deception to ensnare her man Lovely fiery tempered Anna Reardon was forced to lie to get out of the street urchin s lif

    From the streets of 19th century Boston to the harsh frontier she wove a web of deception to ensnare her man Lovely, fiery tempered Anna Reardon was forced to lie to get out of the street urchin s life that shamed her to become Karl Lindstrom s mail order bride in the beautiful, treacherous Minnesota wilderness.Karl forgave Anna for her deceptions but there was stillFrom the streets of 19th century Boston to the harsh frontier she wove a web of deception to ensnare her man Lovely, fiery tempered Anna Reardon was forced to lie to get out of the street urchin s life that shamed her to become Karl Lindstrom s mail order bride in the beautiful, treacherous Minnesota wilderness.Karl forgave Anna for her deceptions but there was still one shameful, burning secret that she had to hide from him, knowing its revelation would destroy the love that had become her very life

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    1. If I was to list the Grande Old Dames of Historical Romance, I'd definitely have LaVyrle Spencer on my list. It's a shame that she has retired from writing, but at least she leaves a legacy behind in her excellent books she has written.The Endearment is one of her books I managed to overlook for some reason. Initially, I thought it was one of the many that I read growing up, and forgot the details about. But I'm pretty sure I haven't read this before. I will admit that I made a note to reread (o [...]

    2. 3 to 3 1/2 stars At first this book didn't work for me but as I continued to ponder the story, I found it actually did. I spent much of this book with feelings of frustration and even anger at both the hero and heroine due to their choices and behaviors. I also felt there were times the connection between the two was lacking, and I never did become a full believer in their love story. In many ways, I feel the only reason they found their happily-ever-after is because romance books have to end ha [...]

    3. ++Spoilers+++I was hesitant to read this one, based on some of the reviews I read but I am glad I did. This is my first read by this author, and I must say it was good.The book starts out with me hating the heroine Anna. She is a mail order bride, who has lied about almost everything about herself in order to have the hero Karl pay her way to Minnesota to become his bride. He wanted an older woman, she's 17, a woman who can cook, she can't, a virgin, she isn't, and a woman who can read and write [...]

    4. Another one of those books where you start out disliking one mc while the other seems like a gullible fool. And then before long your opinions get reversed!I disliked the dishonesty and lies employed by the h (a mail order bride) to get the H to send for her even as I understood her desperation. The H, on the other hand comes across as a gentle giant full of honor and decency who after being disappointed by her lies, decides to forgive and accept her as his bride.And then came the Minnesota ency [...]

    5. Weak 3 stars. Downer. Too sad. I cried too much. I prefer more uplifting stories.The best part was seeing what life was like in rural Minnesota in 1854 - living alone in the wilderness with Indians for neighbors. Karl immigrated from Sweden. He talked of foods growing in the wild. He talked about different types of trees and how each type of wood was good for different things. We see him building a cabin and caring for his workhorses. He is a good man, strong, competent, patient, giving. But whe [...]

    6. Es una novela preciosa, LaVyrle Spencer se ha convertido en una de mis autoras favoritas; su estilo es maravilloso, tan honesto y sentimental. Karl es uno de esos personajes masculinos que dejan huella, me ha encantado conocer su historia y la de Anna, y James, que me pareció también adorable. Necesito más libros de la señora Spencer en mi vida.

    7. 4.5 stars.I’m convinced that LaVyrle Spencer can’t write a book that I don’t like."I, Karl, take thee, Anna " My little whiskey-haired Anna "for my lawful wedded wife " How I have waited for you "to have and to hold " Not yet have I even held you, Anna "from this day forward " Forward to this night, and tomorrow and tomorrow "For better, for worse " In spite of everything, I know I could do far worse "for richer, for poorer " Ah, how rich we can be, Anna, rich with life "in sickness and in [...]

    8. This book would have garnered a higher rating from me had I been able to like the heroine, Anna, even a little bit. I couldn't. And that upset me because, honestly, I got where she was coming from with her desperation, but I just couldn't bring myself to like anything about her. And Karl deserved so much more than she was able to giveeven at the end! This isn't to say it's a bad book. It isn't. It's quite good. The characters are unbelievably well-written, the pacing is good, the plot is engagin [...]

    9. LaVyrleLaVyrleLaVyrle! LaVyrle always IMO manages to write a romance that pulls you in and pulls at your heart strings. This is my second LaVyrle Spencer book and it will definitely NOT be my last. I needed a good book and she delivered. She is quickly becoming a fav of mine, along with Judith McNaught for HR books.Anyway, gushing aside. Karl is a lonely Swedish man in a new country trying to build a life for himself. No woman in sight for yearss, years. Well, what is a lonely man to dowellt a m [...]

    10. The Endearment by LaVyrle Spencer. Oh mama, what a great read! I have a sneaking suspicion I am going to be working my way through all of Spencer's books soon. (I started with Morning Glory, which is another highly recommended winner).The Endearment is a 19th century frontier historical romance. It's about a hunky Swede who places an ad for a mail-order bride from Boston. Of course, neither the hero nor the heroine gets what they're expectinge Swede is a gorgeous, lonely giant of man who intimid [...]

    11. I actually tried but couldn't finish this bookwhich is unbelievable since I love LaVyrle Spencer and have devoured almost every book she has every written. But for me, I struggled with two things1) There was way too much time spent on details that weren't really necessary to the story. Consequently I felt there were places that just stalled and I lost interest. 2) I couldn't get past Ann's complacency with lying and that Karl just seemed to be a bit too condescending.I will probably try again wi [...]

    12. It's more of a 4.5 than a 4. I loved both the characters and was impressed at the journeys Spencer set them on. Lying, selfish, impulsive Anna Reardon grows one way while patient, hard-working, honest Karl Lindstrom grows yet another. Their paths mirrored each other as we got to see the many surprising layers of Karl and Anna.It flirted with a five-star rating. It's a character-focused and character-driven story, which I just adore, but it still had its moments of too transparent plot machinatio [...]

    13. I'm almost not wanting to post a review of this and a public admission that I read this book, for fear of the recommendations I will get from this site. "O Hai you like romancey books? Here's a few!" Ugggh, no.If I get some crazy recommendations/followers from this review, then I won't post another one.After reading heavy things laden with "issues" (I hate that word) like "Outlander" or classics like "Pride and Prejudice" that just bogged me down with a language I almost couldn't grasp, I needed [...]

    14. I had the urge to re-read this particular novel after I finished another historical about mail order brides. I forgot how much I absolutely loved this book! Anna and her brother James come to Minnesota after they read Karl's ad in the newspaper. He has no idea that Anna is only seventeen and bringing along her kid brother. He is angry at first but soon decides all the company will be a good thing. They settle in nicely and seem to be doing well until one of Anna's biggest secrets is revealed lea [...]

    15. I really like slow-building romances, but this was a little boring in spots where it got too technical and descriptive in exactly what they had to do to live in the time period. I loved the characters though! It was an okay read. It would have gotten another star had there been an epilogue. I'm a sucker for a good epilogue! I wanted more from the characters at the end, even though everything was resolved.

    16. I'm going to take the minority opinion here: I hated the hero. And I even have a certain affinity for lumberjacks. He was so self-righteous, stubborn, and judgmental.The story was well written and I liked the heroine, the brother, the setting and pretty much everything but the hero ,Karl.

    17. Just a lovely story. LaVryle Spencer sure could write! This is a sweet, lightly sensual story of an immigrant Swedish farmer and his mail-order bride from the wrong side of the tracks. In the tradition of earlier books there is not a complicated plot or a lot of action. Here we have the story of two people getting to know and adjust to each other during the first months of their life together. There is a great deal of information about the hard life of early settlers in Minnesota. The readers wa [...]

    18. The Endearment by LaVyrle Spencer is a historical romance set in Minnesota in 1854. This is a tale of pioneers living in the Minnesota wilds, a mail-order bride, her thirteen year-old brother and a Swedish immigrant -- an absolutely gorgeous tale. The details pertaining to pioneer life are just wonderful -- the description of the area, the loneliness, the heart and grit that it took to settle the land, all of it is there.The characters are portrayed as people of their time. Karl Lindstrom is a t [...]

    19. This is the third book I read by LaVyrle, the first one being The Gamble and the second one Years. This author is the one who initiated me to the Romance genre and, believe me, I've yet to find someone as good as her.The Endearment features a virgin (gasp) hero named Karl, a Swede in the American frontier who is waiting for his mail order bride to arrive. What he doesn't know is said woman is actually a 17 year-old girl who comes with her 13 year-old brother and a bunch of other lies as a packag [...]

    20. I thought I would like this book from the blurb, but not really. The hero was way too judgmental and really knew how to hold on to a perceived slight like nobody's business. The heroine was just young and a little naive even with the life she came from. Bit of a struggle to finish to book. 2-1/2 stars.

    21. This is the second book by LaVyrle Spencer that I've read, and I must say, what a lovely and endearing story! The fact that Anna lied to Karl about her background seemed to rub me in the wrong way at first, but the more I read the book, the more the story started to grow on me.I love the fact that both Anna and Karl were imperfect characters; each had his or her own stubborness and way of thinking. But they were bound in the holy matrimony, so they had to learn how to live with each other peacef [...]

    22. Another very well-written book by LaVryle Spencer and I can see why so many people have given it a 5-star rating. But for me, it was a bit too much on the details of the everyday life of a lumberjack in the 1850's Minnesota wilderness. I found myself starting to skim past all of the lengthy descriptions of all the different tools used on all of the many, many different types of wood to make a log house. Seriously, way too many details on their daily routine chores so I kept skimming to find the [...]

    23. Author, LaVyrle Spencer, embraces historical romance like a breath of fresh air. Refreshing as to the sense that her characters come alive on the pages of this novel with compassion and courage to embrace the unknown. Anna Reardon travels to the Minnesota frontier along with her brother, James, towards her future husband, Karl Lindstrom, as a mailorder bride. While corresponding with her intended, she has fabricated a few details about herself. Now scared of her soon-to-be-husband’s discovery [...]

    24. Desperate to start a new life for herself and her brother, Anna Reardon responds to an ad for a mail-order bride. After months of exchanging letters where Anna twists the truth, she agrees to travel to Minnesota and marry Karl Lindstrom. Karl is a 25-year-old Swede who has been farming his own land for two years. He wants nothing more than a wife to share his farm with. What he gets is a 17-year-old girl who can't cook, can't read, and has a little brother in tow. Karl is not happy that he was l [...]

    25. This book made me cry. It was really so very sweet. I loved the historical detail too. Now I know how to build a log cabin, in case I ever need to. Okay maybe not, but if I had a great big handsome Swedish man like Karl I'm sure I could pitch in and help. :)The book worried me because it began with lies. Anna, the daughter of a prostitute, became a mail order bride to create a better life for herself and her younger brother. The trouble was that she didn't write the letters -- she can't read or [...]

    26. I felt very conflicted with this novel. At the beginning I couldn't get into the story. It was a struggle to continue turning the pages. I didn't like that Karl would use his own name in a sentance when he spoke of himself. I thought that was weird and kind of annoying.But I did try to read it only i skipped to maybe the middle of the book and i actually started to enjoy it. Although Kerstin annoyed me even though she meant nothing by how she behaved Karl, I still felt for Anna.I liked how Karl [...]

    27. i dunno how dey do it!i simply dunno how sum ppl can take the bare minimums n weave the most beautiful stories out of them!wat can i say abt Endearment,it ws endearing!loli cnt thnk of a better way to describe the bookisolated somewer in that damned 'middle of nowhere', Anna, Karl and 'the boy' build themselves a home, a family, and suck us ryt into it from the word gothere is no denying thatKarl isnt ur typical alpha male, but he builds a 'log house' in ur heart n there is no stopping himhe is [...]

    28. A rocky mail ordered bride marriage. The bride lied but husband was prideful & slow to forgive.An interesting insight of daily life & the pleterth of knowledge of what bounty was at the fingertips of homesteaders if they knew where to look or ask about. I liked the particular nature's of wood.

    29. Eh. Good enough that I'm not going to be giving it away on Bookmooch. This is the second book where I feel like LS was forced to do a bunch of research and so crammed in every last piece of it, relavence to the plot be damned. I feel like I could practically go build my own log cabin now.

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