Famous Authors Books
Review: LaVyrle Spencer
Spencer has a way of reaching the average American woman -
that's why her
books are so successful.
Years - Linnea
Bradenborg expects to find culture and excitement in Alamo,
North Dakota, where she's recently been hired as the new schoolteacher.
Instead, she finds a sparse little town in the middle of nowhere.
Better yet, her train is met by a cantankerous wheat farmer named
Theodore Westgaard who doesn't bother to hide his displeasure when he
discovers that L.I. Brandenborg is a woman and not the man he was
expecting. Westgaard thinks twice about bringing Linnea home to live
with him, but he soon realizes that he has no choice. All of the town's
past schoolteachers have lived with the Westgaard family--made up of
Theodore, his mother, and his teenaged son--due to their farm being
located very near the schoolhouse, and so Theodore allows Linnea into
his home. But who could have guessed that this young, independent woman
would soon find her way into the handsome farmer's heart? A compelling
classic to be read again and again, Years
is a fitting tribute to the pioneer schoolteachers who braved many
hardships to share the gift of knowledge with countless children.
combination of page-turning
suspense and classic mystery.
Morning Glory - Tall, dark and
handsome Will Parker has served time for the killing of
a Texas prostitute, but keeps losing jobs as his reputation becomes
known. In the small town of Whitney, Ga., at the beginning of WW II, he
answers the advertisement of a pregnant widow and mother of two, the
abused and reclusive Eleanor Dinsmore, who is looking for a husband.
Soon in love with ostensibly plain, bedraggled Ellie, Parker dotes on
her two boys, and works to support the family. Fittingly for this sort
of bucolic idyll, Will and Ellie, despite their rudimentary educations,
love books and develop a special friendship with wise old Miss Beasley,
the local librarian. Alas, brazen and rapacious Lula Peak, the town
floozie, sets her sights on Will, waylaying him in the library;
meantimes, Lula is blackmailing her lover, the cowardly Harley
Overmire, who is no friend of Will. The clearly drawn characters
fulfill their imperativesincluding Will, who becomes a war heroand all
is neatly and pleasingly resolved.
The Endearment - This
book covers it all. The characters come alive right before your eyes!
Fiery-tempered beauty Anna Reardon
had only one chance to escape the shameful street-urchin's life forever
to become Karl Lindstrom's mail-order bride. Karl soon discovered
true background, but there was one burning secret that Anna will never
be able to reveal...
Forsaking All Others - Previously
published as one of two stories in Jove's A Heart Speaks,
Forsaking All Others now gets its own moment in the spotlight. This
favorite of LaVyrle's tells the story of an up-and-coming photographer
who is once bitten, twice shy in matters of the heart. Until a model
with a heart of gold proves he can be trusted with the gift of her love.
excellent period piece with humor, excitement & romance! Nursing
two victims of a train robbery, Abigail finds herself torn
between a gentleman who is in every way the man of her ideals and the
who has stolen her heart.
of the Heart - The
splendid New York Times bestseller! An evocative tale about
a man and a woman born into radically different stations in
life and who challenge the unwritten rules of Victorian society.
Fulfillment - To Jonathan Gray, Mary is
his loving wife of seven years. To his younger brother Aaron, she is a
beloved friend -- until the tumultuous weekend when she awakens in
arms. Mary embraces the infidelity that can bring her the child she has
longed for, the child her husband begged Aaron to give her.
Sweet - Recently
widowed, Maggie Pearson Stearn returns home to start a new life,
old friendships and finding joy by resuming a love affair with her
sweetheart. The story is beautifully
told and the plot of this novel is predictable, but it is also a story
that every woman can relate to either through the high school first
love, losing and finding best friends again, a rocky mother daughter
a close father-daughter relationship, or a trying romantic relationship.
Memories - Theresa Brubaker's overly endowed
form causes her much heartache and pain. Men either grope or gawk at
but few care about her. Then her brother Jeff brings his friend, Brian
Scanlon, home on holiday leave and for the first time in her life,
tastes the pleasure of love. But her past experiences remain stumbling
blocks to their relationship. Brian treads lightly until Theresa makes
a major decision that alters and tests their love. A delicate love
told with extraordinary understanding and talent.