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The author of the book: Rosemary Rogers
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Edition: Mira Books
Date of issue: December 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780778321019
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The size of the: 12.21 MB
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Headstrong Madison Westcott would much rather live out her days painting than attend her silly coming-out ball, but she agrees to attend the ball after her aunt Kendra, visiting from Jamaica, suggests she display one of her paintings. When the nude portrait of herself creates a scandal, Madison is whisked off to Jamaica with her aunt, beginning an exciting new life. Kendra had come to London with two male companions: the detestable Jefford Harris and the handsome, charming Lord Carlton Thomblin. Madison develops a crush on Thomblin, despite warnings from her aunt that he is not the man for her, yet it is Jefford Harris she can’t seem to get out of her mind.
On their arrival in Jamaica, Jefford is met rather enthusiastically by his longtime mistress, Chantal. Madison is eaten up with jealousy, which she denies, while also learning that Jefford is Kendra’s illegitimate son. Although he had missed Chantal while in London, upon his return to Jamaica Jefford finds he has tired of his mistress, his thoughts consumed with the infuriating Madison. Jefford and Madison manage to avoid each other most of the time, until the night a fiery revolt sweeps across the island and they must flee for their lives, and they discover hidden passion for one another while hiding overnight in a cave.
Having been burned out of their Jamaican home, Lady Kendra Moran takes her entire household to her properties in India, which are far grander. There she reunites with her old lover, the raja, who is also Jefford’s father. More surprises are in store when Madison finds out she’s pregnant, and Kendra is thrilled. Madison also learns that her favored aunt is terminally ill, but that doesn’t stop her from fighting a marriage to Jefford every step of the way. The two of them just can’t seem to get along, except for when passion flares between them, but eventually, they find their way and live happily ever after.
Though a far cry from Sweet Savage Love or Wicked Loving Lies, written at Rogers’ peak, this was a compelling read. Rosemary just isn’t putting her characters through the depths of hell that she used to, though this book was much better than some of the rather flat stories she has delivered over the past 10 years. Her characters are still quite colorful, and she still depicts locales with rich description. A reader looking for high adventure might be a bit disappointed, but as a straight historical romance, this one is a winner.
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Rosemary Jansz Navaratnam Rogers Kadison
Rosemary Jansz was born on 7 December 1932 in Panadura, Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka), she was the oldest child of Dutch-Portuguese settlers, Barbara "Allan" and Cyril Jansz. Her father was a wealthy educator who owned three posh private schools. She was raised in colonial splendor: dozens of servants, no work, summers at European spas, a chaperone everywhere she went. A dreamy child, she wrote her first novel at eight, and all through her teens scribbled madly romantic epics in imitation of her favorite writers: Sir Walter Scott, Alexandre Dumas and Rafael Sabatini.
At 17, Rosemary rebelled against a feudal upbringing and went to the University of Ceylon, where she studied three years. She horrified her family by taking a job as a reporter, and two years later marrying with Summa Navaratnam, a Ceylonese track star known as "the fastest man in Asia." The marriage had two daughters. Unhappily, he often sprinted after other women. Disappointed with her husband, in 1960, she moved with her two daughters and took off for London.
In Europe she met her future second husband, Leroy Rogers, an african-american. "He was the first man," she recalls, "who made me feel like a real woman." After getting a divorce from her first husband, she married Rogers in his home town, St. Louis, Missouri. They moved with her family to California, where she had two sons. Six years later, when that marriage broke up, Rosemary was left with four children to support on her $4,200 salary as a typist for the Solano County Parks Department. In 1969, in the face of a socialist takeover of Ceylon, her parents fled the island with only ?100, giving Rosemary two more dependents. At 37, the rich girl from Ceylon was on her uppers in Fairfield.
Every night for a year, Rogers worked to perfect a manuscript that she had written as a child, rewriting it 24 times. When she was satisfied with her work, she sent the manuscript to Avon, which quickly purchased the novel. That novel, ''Sweet Savage Love'', skyrocketed to the top of bestseller lists, and became one of the most popular historical romances of all time. Her second novel, ''Dark Fires'', sold two million copies in its first three months of release. Her first three novels sold a combined 10 million copies. The fourth, ''Wicked Loving Lies'' sold 3 million copies in its first month of publication. Rosemary Rogers became one of the legendaries "Avon Queens of Historical Romance". The difference between she and most of others romance writers is not the violence of her stories, it is the intensity. She says: "My heroines are me", and certainly her life could be one of her novels.
In September of 1984, Rosemary married a third time with Christopher Kadison, but it was a very brief marriage and they soon began to live apart. "I'd like to live with a man," she admits, "but I find men in real life don't come up to my fantasies. I want culture, spirit and sex all rolled up together."
Today single, Rosemary lives quietly in a small dramatic villa perched on a crag above the Pacific near Carmel. Her four children are now away from home and she continues to write.
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