What did come as a pleasant surprise was the humor - Summer's attempts as cooking and sewing were laugh out loud funny at times, and really brought a light touch to a darker story. His wife, who loved Sutcliffe's book, insisted that he contact her. The story line is loaded with tidbits, dialogue, and behavior including slave relationships perhaps befitting of the 1850s, but probably will jar sub-genre readers used to a more genteel description of the times. Juliette's dreams are of rebuilding her once-glorious home and she wants nothing to do with marriage -- until she comes face-to-face with a blue-eyed temptation who unleashes the same passions that drove her mother, Louisiana's most beautiful and notorious prostitute, to destroy every man who loved her. She stared up into his smiling face, refusing to acknowledge the stumble of her heartbeat.
To view it, Katherine Sutcliffe's Dream Fever is the story of an English aristocrat transported to New Zealand for having killed someone in a duel, and a lowborn English girl who travels to New Zealand under an assumed name, that of a dead woman who had contracted to be a mail-order bride to said aristocrat. Chantz and Juliette eventually unite, but as if poverty and alligators aren't enough, they must also overcome an assault by Tylor and the spread of yellow fever. Cruelty had become ambition to Horace. To make matters worse, Nick thought he had fallen in love. Summer O'Neil is an illegitimate child of an Earl and his mistress.
While the plot has potential, the moments were sweet however not intensely moving. Today, however, she sat like a Turk, legs crossed within the folds of her skirt, the tips of her naked toes peeking from beneath the tattered hem as she leaned against the gray sculptured stone at her back—a grim gargoyle with big teeth and extended wings. Never in the last nine years of enduring this cloistered existence had she grown accustomed to the chill that made her stone cell feel like a tomb even on the brightest, warmest days. Being a mail-order bride is not easy but when you have no choice, it's even more difficult. Hooking his fists up toward his chin, Boris grinned. Fever Orphaned and penniless, Juliette Broussard is overjoyed when her godfather, Max Hollinsworth, plucks her from an isolated French convent.
Occasionally, there were others—a glimpse of masculine features that, if she hung on long enough to the dream, would quench the fire and replace her terror with an equanimity that eased her racing heart. The plot is something right out of a dysfunction-o-drama soap opera, but considering the incestuously close-knit society of the Louisiana plantation families, this is probably to be expected. But the moment he drags Juliette's naked body from the flood-driven Mississippi, he is swept into a liaison that unsettles his priorities and threatens his life. A nobleman transported to the antipodes as punishment for killing an innocent man in an unnecessary and unlawful duel. I read quite a few romances. This was a good premise to a historical romance and I always like it when authors go outside the typical European locations to explore some other continents and give their story a different flavor.
The crowd hooted again, scaring a three-legged tabby from under a moldering pile of damp hay. Angry and bitter he chose to live a simple and isolated existence as a sheep farmer. As a boy, only son of one of the wealthiest planters in the area, Horace had been a prissy little snot who got his jollies from verbal and physical cruelty to man and animal alike. The maid before dying tells her to take up her identity and sail as mail order bride to New Zealand and save herself from the authorities for killing a nobleman. His six-foot-two-inch body shook to his muddy boots. Defying his family, Hawthorne intended to wed Maria -- but she mysteriously vanished before he could take her as his bride.
Summer O'Neile is the daughter of a paramour. He didn't have one speck of good in him, so it was too easy to hate him. Max took her chin in the crook of his finger, tipped back her head until she was forced to look in his blue eyes that assessed her closely. But the moment he drags Juliette's naked body from the flood-driven Mississippi, he is swept into a liaison that unsettles his priorities and threatens his life. Tricked into signing a marital contract by proxy while inebriated, he did not bargain on a young feisty Irish lass, Summer, knocking on the door of his humble tiny abode claiming to be his mail-order bride.
A swelling began in her chest that replaced the shivering of her body with a flash of emotion as vibrant as the lightning dancing beyond the stained glass. He doesn't trust or believe in love. Our hero, Chantz Boudreaux and his lady love, Juliette Broussard are totally unbelieveable as well as the situations depicted. Over the next few months these two argue, bicker, quarrel, wrangle. Soon their forbidden passion burns like a fever.
Juliette's mother, Maureen, was a harlot, and Belle Jarod was burned when James found Max rutting with her. I love a strong heroine. There's no room in his life for a redheaded waif with an Irish brogue who claims to be his wife. The ending is quite hilarious too, yet very romantic and charming in its own sense. But the trials and tribulations just kept piling up. I loved almost everything about this book, even the fact the both Summer and Nick were both in some ways running from their past. Yes, too often she felt wicked to the marrow of her bones.
There are far greater horrors than these, ma petite. It takes time for Nicholas to learn how to love and trust. This book has plenty of them, From Frank, the pseudo-father figure to both Summer and Nicholas, to Sean O'Connell, the enemy neighbor who cares about Summer, this book is filled with characters that you come to care about. Prurience too often heated her blood. Harriet Klausner Juliette Broussard grew up in a French convent. Let's get back to books like Notorious Ms. Fever Orphaned and penniless, Juliette Broussard is overjoyed when her godfather, Max Hollinsworth, plucks her from an isolated French convent.
If there was one critic I could give this book it would be that I wanted more. Crystal chandeliers imported from Versailles hung from the ceilings. I love a book with humor. Intense and beautifully written characters, a hero to die for and an heroine who is thank goodness! Juliette's dreams are of rebuilding her once-glorious home and she wants nothing to do with marriage -- until she comes face-to-face with a blue-eyed temptation who unleashes the same passions that drove her mother, Louisiana's most beautiful and notorious prostitute, to destroy every man who loved her. What a beautiful romance, I don't even know where to begin.