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Summary ì E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Jennifer Blake

Golden FancySerena Walsh is the beautiful and unwilling plaything of a fanatical Mormon Elder Greer Dragging her across the desolate prairie as he seeks a place for settlement he does not count on her spirit and resilience Serena manages to escape the Mormon wagon train and the clutches of Elder Greer but she. In the safe world of fantasy I love the 'takes what he wants' alpha hero Ward who was supposed to be stoic and controlled normally saw Serena and decided to keep her regardless of what she said Since the story is told soley from the h's POV we don't get his thoughts but I've found with Blake that you just have to read between the lines to know the H is desperately in love with the h and doesn't say because he fears her rejection I love it when the H realizes his loveneed for the h before she does MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW 19 yr old Serena Walsh originally from New Orleans is part of a wagon train heading to a Colorado gold mining town when her parents die A group of fringe group Mormons who still practice polygamy basically take over her life and commandeer her animals buggy etc for her own good The pervy old elder is determined to make her his 4th wife When he tries to rape her she stabs him with a fork and ends up running away on the trail with nothing but her trunk of clothesShe is found by Ward Dunbar who is camped out on his return to the gold mining town where he operates a saloongambling house He used to be a lawyer from a high class family in Mississippi but left that behind after being falsely accused of murder and then ostracised by everyone I can't remember his age being stated but I'm guessing earlymid 30sHe is very suspicious of Serena He thinks she's trying to play the helpless lost female to distract him while bandits come and rob him He finally realizes she's not but decides she's probably going to the gold boom town to find a rich man She doesn't really defend herself because she's angry with him and doesn't really care what he thinks anywayWhen they make it to Colorado Springs he initially leaves her at a boarding house to make her own way She goes out looking for work and ends up being attacked by a thug and the crazy old religious fantatic from the wagon train Ward who's come looking for her rescues her from being raped and then takes her to a private railroad car headed to the mining town of Cripple Creek where he has his saloon He has decided unanamiously that he will not allow Serena to go her own way He's decided he'll put her under his protection and in turn she'll be his mistress It seems the only 'work' available for women in this part of the country is prostitutionOn the train he forces himself on her I would call it somewhere between rape and forced seduction She doesn't have a choice but she's also turned on by him He realizes she is a virgin and is appalled at himselfapparently it was okay to force a non virgin in those days P However he continues with his plan to keep her as his for her protection and his pleasureHe takes her to his saloon and installs her in his private rooms She has no clothing to wear because he literally ripped up the bodice of her dress and gives her a robe to where around until her trunk arrives from the boarding house in Colo Springs Apparently the trunk arrives and he never tells her He's afraid she'll try to get away from him if she has actual clothes to wear They go on that some weeks that way with her living in his uarters and her traitorous body succumbing to him despite her efforts to remain passive He does finally realize she shouldn't be confined like that so he buys her some clothing and takes her out with himHe goes to Denver on business for a few days and leaves her with arrangements to have food delivered 3 times a day However his evil partner the madame Pearlie and her thug Otto don't let her have the food and force her to dance in the saloon if she wants to eat Pearlie then drugs Serena and sends her to serve richest man in town Nathan Nathan who is a friend of Ward's is not the type to rape a drugged woman so he just watches after her until she is awake He's actually enad by her and wants to know her so he doesn't try anything Ward walks in misinterprets what he sees and then punches Nathan He thinks that Serena is just trying to find her a rich man now that he is gone However he finds out the truth about everything that happened and fires Otto and dissolves his partnership with Pearlie After that they live in harmony and she begins to participate willingly in bedHe ends up leaving again to dig for gold She doesn't know this but he left the first time and this second time because he wanted to have enough money not to have to run a saloon He felt like she would never marry him as he was and was determined to have something better to offer her She on the other hand thought she was just a plaything he would tire of At this point she is pregnant but hasn't told him yet Turns out he knows that as well and is part of the reason he's so desperate to make a fortuneHe's only supposed to be gone a few weeks but ends up being gone for months During this time Serena realizes she loves Ward When he still doesn't return almost 6 mo's later he is assumed dead and Pearlie takes the gambling house over and kicks the highly pregnant Serena out to the streetsThe millionaire Nathan was actually in cahoots with Pearlie to get Serena out of the saloon and maneuver her into being his wife She actually marries him and gives birth while sick from a flu caught after being tossed out into the streets in winter She doesn't remember consenting to the marriage at all When she finds out she's married to him she begs him to give her time to adjust The marriage is never consummatedWard comes back he had actually been hurt and unable to return until now Ironically he had also gotten the money he sought and was now the owner of a very profitable mine By this time the baby is a month or two old He finds out from Pearlie that Serena has married Nathan He of course thinks it's because of the money dude was fixated on moneyShe finds out he has returned and goes into town on her own but doesn't see him He sees her and follows her because he sees that the thug Otto is following her as well He tries to rape her again and she shoots him with a small pistol she has believing she killed him Ward shows up and tells her to go and he will take care of the bodySerena finds out the extent of Nathan's deception in getting her to marry him and she is angry of course Ward then summons her with a cryptic note and she finds out that he plans to blackmail her into having sex with him in exchange for him not telling the police about the shooting They do have sex for a week or so but she is angry and holds herself aloof from him which seems to bother him a lotFinally he swallows his pride and comes to tell her he's not letting her go and he knows her marriage with Nathan is not real He demands she choose and she chooses Ward Ward swears to get her free to marry himVery soon after that Nathan gets killed in a mining accident at his mine She assumes Ward was responsible he wasn't She inherits all of Nathan's money and Ward is named as a guardian of their son and the estate There is lots drama mistrust and forced seduction All culminating in a fire that burns down the entire gamblingred light district In the end they are both back at the mansion she inherited but she STILL doesn't believe Ward feels anything for her beyond desire and a sense of duty Finally he confesses all that he intended to marry her for a long time he loves her than anything and was willing to do ANYTHING to keep her which is why he blackmailed her He never told her because he was afraid she hated him because of how he'd stolen her virginity and forced her to be his mistress Turns out the guy she shot wasn't even dead he left town Cue happily ever afterLOL so many tropes hit So much drama I loved it Only thing I'd change is some of the detailed descriptions of the mining town scenery way of life Honestly I skimmed through that stuff

Jennifer Blake ↠ 9 Free read

Must find a way to survive in the harsh lands of the American frontierNow the handsome and cynical Ward Dunbar who freely admits he will take her as his mistress and prisoner is caring for her Serena is frightened of the man and of his beautiful partner Pearlie who despises her as a man stealer But. I felt as though I had to interpret this novel through two lenses 1 From the author and the time period she wrote it 1980's and 2 the actual time period setting of the novel I can't imagine this novel being written in this present day due to the characters their struggles and their prospective journeys More often in present day novels you are provided with eually strong leads who survive external pressures but none so remarkable as those presented to the Hero heroine in this book This story takes place in a mining town of Colorado in the 1880s when people flocked to this area in search of riches and a better life The novel is about Serena Walsh Ward Dunbarwhat a winding love story I rated this novel 5 stars because I was absolutely hooked For whatever reason It's a very NON PC book but it makes you think about the lives and choices both men and women made when the country was still growing It is an evocative read Regarding the characters in the book I have to say that after listening to the book twice I better understood the Hero Ward Although initially I felt compassion for Nathan the other guy but when I considered how underhanded he was in dealing with Serena and stealing her away from his best friend I just couldn't get over it It was despicable and uite unchivalrous Yet the hero himself is no angel Ward is strong handsomevery masculine and Alpha male but there is this underlying fear and feeling of not being good enough for Serena that is compelling if not interesting That feeling of fear and the need to strike it rich in order to provide something worthy to Serena is what defines all of his actions and decisions I don't think you can see this until the end of the book when he confesses his love for her and explains all of his decisions and actions made throughout the book I would have liked for him to have shared his heart throughout the book communicated better with Serena but then if he had Serena and Ward would not have suffered so much and there would be no compelling novellol I also thought that perhaps that same burden to provide and to provide well for a woman like Serena even though she made no such demands on him made him feel as though he could not share his worries with the heroine Either way I chalked it down as a characteristic of men in his time period Serena is sweet and beautiful and very much a reflection of a woman in her time period I would assume I think she had to be strong patient and display long suffering traits in order to survive She makes the most of her circumstances and follows her heart Serena very much falls in love with Ward and that is something she does not ever let go even though she is pushed in another direction Her kindness and what she did for other women in need seemed to be her own way of using her the power she attained to improve the lives of the fortunate as she could relate so personally The book within itself is not a conventional romance nor does it present leads with superior moral character and there is something interesting in that formula In fact many of the characters are burdened with their need for MORE My feeling was that if every character in the book would have been happy with hisher own circumstance and made the best of their situation with their own partner everyone would have been happy they all could have lived life similar to an episode of Little House on the Prairie 5 stars because I had to listen again and because it made me think deeply about the characters their livesNarratorI thought the narrator was fabulousvery very good Her voice was crisp and she presented each character with their own uniue inflections cadence in voice that was distinguishable

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Summary ¶ Golden Fancy ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub É Serena Walsh is the beautiful and unwilling plaything of a fanatical Mormon Elder Greer Dragging her across the desolate prairie as he seeks a place for settlement he does not count on her spirit and resilience Serena manages to escape the Mormon wagon train and the clShe has no resources and no choice but to remain with him Then aristocratic millionaire Nathan Benedict approaches her offering to pay any price for her love What neither man suspects is that the insane Elder Greer is still pursuing her and will do anything to recapture herLENGTH14 hrs and 32 mins. Wow 70's 80's rape theme is heavily included in this book too H`s attitude was not indicating any love until the virtually the last page