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    Beverley Andi(Author)

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In the summer of 1858 Rebecca Williams, a feisty British circus performer becomes the first woman bareback rider in America. But she has a dark secret that could ruin her career. Though she tries to be career oriented, she is besotted by the circus manager, Ethan Delahand.The debonair Ethan, a partner in the Eagle Circus, becomes smitten with the lissome Rebecca. As their romance smolders, Rebecca’s real identity is discovered. Penniless and fearing prison, she runs. In a state of despair, he hires a detective to find her. He finally places a notice in newspapers. When she reads the notice she’s stunned and leaves immediately for his home only to discover he is gone.

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  • PDF | 270 pages
  • Beverley Andi(Author)
  • The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (American Rose) (February 20, 2015)
  • English
  • 7
  • Romance

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  • By Grady Harp on April 8, 2015

    North Carolina author Beverley Andi was born in New York City but for the early portion of her career she worked in Westchester County in the fields of Public education and designing educational programs for historical sites and art museums with positions as Director of the Scarsdale Historical Society, Scarsdale, NY, Coordinator of Educational Services, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, and Weekend Manager of the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY. Of interest for this book KICKING SAWDUST Beverley volunteered at the Somers Historical Society, Somers, NY doing research on the early American circus - research that led to this novel. Now her focus is on writing historical romance novels and she is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.Beverely writes in the style of the period in which she defines - in the case of this novel that period is the mid 19th century and she is able to recreate (likely from her fascination with American history and artifacts) the language and he social customs and the atmosphere of the era. Early on in the book there is a passage the dines her art: `July 1858 The Adirondack Mountains, NY The early morning breeze drifted along Ethan Delahand's face. He leaned back on the bench outside the train station and looked at his pocket watch for the second time. Damnation, the train was now a half hour late. Ethan looked through the window of the door, but he didn't see her face. What he saw was a very pleasing rump under a heap of blue silk. He smiled at the curved buttocks as its owner bent to clean scuff marks off her satchel with a hankie. She wasn't wearing a lot of petticoats, so her figure showed itself as nicely rounded and mighty firm. She was talking under her breath. Did he hear an English accent? Ethan was about to chuckle when Mrs. Williams suddenly stood up. Her profile took his breath away. She was a little thing, no higher than his shoulder, with delicate features and porcelain skin. Her chestnut hair, done up in a knot with soft curls hanging around her face, held hints of auburn in the buttery light of the morning. Her jaunty silk bonnet was tied with a ribbon under her chin. It was stylish but plain without those confounded ruffles and beads that he detested but ladies adored. Her gown and hat were in his favorite color: robin egg blue. It was somewhat of a lost pleasure to look at such an elegant beauty, so he took his time.' And that flavor persists through the novel.The story is a romance: `In the summer of 1858 Rebecca Williams, a feisty British circus performer becomes the first woman bareback rider in America. But she has a dark secret that could ruin her career. Though she tries to be career oriented, she is besotted by the circus manager, Ethan Delahand. The debonair Ethan, a partner in the Eagle Circus, becomes smitten with the lissome Rebecca. As their romance smolders, Rebecca's real identity is discovered. Penniless and fearing prison, she runs. In a state of despair, he hires a detective to find her. He finally places a notice in newspapers. When she reads the notice she's stunned and leaves immediately for his home only to discover he is gone.' Sharing how Rebecca resolves her history and arrives at a happy ending would be a spoiler. This is a light novel, sure to delight readers of historical romance. Grady Harp, April 15

  • By Valerie Caraotta on April 15, 2015

    This beautiful romance novel set in the mid-1800s will warm your heart as two lead characters from different socioeconomic backgrounds meet initially on business terms. Ethan "Dell" Delahand, manager of Eagle circus from a prominently wealthy family, will meet British Rebecca Williams at a train station to later perform as a skilled bareback rider with sword maneuvers.Strong-willed and independent Rebecca will discover through encounters with Ethan that her pretense to be married would actually eat at her soul as she yearned for his love but had to hide her true identity so that she could financially make a better life for herself. "She thought being Mrs. Williams would solve all her problems. It gave her this glorious career and a life in America. She had been happy. Then Ethan Delahand strolled into her life and changed everything". What started out innocently for her as a performer would result in mistaken identity. Discover the truth behind her veil, as you wonder if the relationship with Ethan will survive and whether or not she will pay a hefty price of jail time.Call it Providence or coincidence, but anyway you look at it Rebecca's swift departure would lead her to key individuals at a time where devastation was at its worst. I will not spoil the plot with added detail except to say that author Beverly Andi has done a fantastic job with plot development. The readers will get highly of absorbed in the hearts of Ethan and Rebecca as this page turning novel will be a test of heart affections. Can time and distance survive the perils of uncertainty?I am reminded of the hand of God and how He works behind the scenes to fulfill His plan for our lives. This book deserves a five star rating for not only a skillful plot, but the fine craft of drawing the reader in emotionally.

  • By Scarlett Jensen on May 1, 2015

    The novel tells the tale of romanticism as in the mid 1800's. We meet Rebecca the bareback rider and slack wire performer in the U S Eagle Circus where Ethan Delahand is manager. She is an English lass that finds her way across the waters to work in the Circus in Bedford, a distance from New York City.Her horse Thunder, came with her and secures a meaningful communication between the hero and heroine of this promising novel. Elegantly and beautifully sculptured to fit favour between the two. The angelic, cultured and graceful lady enchants the debonair, noble, privileged and generous man in the style and language of the 1800's.If you like an atmosphere of aromas, silks, picnic, teas and affluent ambiance, this book is for you. The dialogues and descriptions are of impeccable standard. Pure, polite and elegant. There is excitement, playfulness and electrically charged magnetism with a promise of magic fairy tale fantasy. But there is also:- natural elements intervening, the subdued role of women causing innocence and naivety;- class distinction, obsessions, sorrow and loneliness;- communication via letters, telegrams, carriages and trains; The word "twitter" sparks a familiar note;- shame, secrets, love, passion and silence;- misinterpretation and an amount of inaccessibility which challenges the characters ;and- Providence and fate shaping destinies.There are no weary conversations in this novel. So smooth and tasteful are the words chosen. If you believe in the expression of innermost emotions, innate love for goodness, truth and beauty, read this book. It takes you away from our modern, fast and furious lifestyle.Scarlett Jensen21 April 2015


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