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Lover's Knot Good grief did this knock me for a loop I ve had this for quite a while and kept putting off starting it, ignoring all the good reviews that caused me to buy it in the first place I just don t like books where there is a sense of foreboding Actually not even a sense, it s pretty much a known fact from the beginning what with the flashbacks and all I don t like knowing that some terrible fate is going to be met by a character in whom I m investing time and growing to like But I trusted other Good grief did this knock me for a loop I ve had this for quite a while and kept putting off starting it, ignoring all the good reviews that caused me to buy it in the first place I just don t like books where there is a sense of foreboding Actually not even a sense, it s pretty much a known fact from the beginning what with the flashbacks and all I don t like knowing that some terrible fate is going to be met by a character in whom I m investing time and growing to like But I trusted others and boy am I glad that I did I suppose because there was the hope of happiness for Jonathan with Langsford I was able to not hate knowing of the train wreck Jonathan and Nat were hurtling towards And when Nat finally met his end it was not at all what I was expecting A book which had taken me two days to get past the first chapter had me glancing at the clock at 3am trying to read faster and get to the end Donald Hardy, where s your next story I promise to trust you next time Such a beautiful, beautiful book Lyrical writing, complex, well developed characters, emotionally intense love story two, actually , and hint of paranormal that brings a just right amount of spookiness It s poignant, heartbreaking, haunting, yet makes one s heart soar with a happiness both simple light and desperate It s complicated, and so very human, and wonderful, and even in theintense moments, there s an undercurrent of soothing gentleness warning includes a difficult, violent s Such a beautiful, beautiful book Lyrical writing, complex, well developed characters, emotionally intense love story two, actually , and hint of paranormal that brings a just right amount of spookiness It s poignant, heartbreaking, haunting, yet makes one s heart soar with a happiness both simple light and desperate It s complicated, and so very human, and wonderful, and even in theintense moments, there s an undercurrent of soothing gentleness warning includes a difficult, violent scene view spoiler rape, beating hide spoiler Jonathan Williams has inherited Trevaglan Farm from a distant relative With his best friend, Alayne, in tow, Jonathan returns to the estate to take possession, meet the current staff, and generally learn what it s like to live as the landed gentry now He d only been there once before, fourteen years earlier But that was a different time, he s a different person now, determined to put that experience out of his mind and his heartThe locals agree that Jonathan is indeed different from the lost young man he was that long ago summer, when he arrived at the farm for a stay after his mother died Back then the hot summer days were filled with sunshine, the nearby ocean, and a new friend, Nat Jonathan and the farmhand had quickly grown close, Jonathan needing comfort in the wake of his grief, and Nat basking in the peace and love he didn t have at homeBut that was also a summer of rumors and strange happenings in the surrounding countryside, romantic triangles and wronged lovers Tempers would flare like a summer lightning storm, and ebb just as quickly By the summer s end, one young man was dead, and another haunted for lifeNow Jonathan is determined to start anew Until he starts seeing the ghost of his former friend everywhere he looks Until mementos of that summer idyll reappear Until Alayne s life is in danger Until the town s resident witch tells Jonathan that ghosts are real And this one is tied to Jonathan unto death ❰EPUB❯ ✹ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay (Fantastic Beasts/Grindelwald) Author J.K Rowling – 9facts.co.uk Alayne ❮PDF / Epub❯ ★ I Love Spiders Author John Parker – 9facts.co.uk in tow ➵ [Read] ➱ We That Are Young By Preti Taneja ➿ – 9facts.co.uk Jonathan returns to the estate to take possession [PDF / Epub] ☄ Krishna By Shweta Taneja – 9facts.co.uk meet the current staff [BOOKS] ✯ My Country By Melanie Dunea – 9facts.co.uk and generally learn what it s like to live as the landed gentry now He d only been there once before ❰Download❯ ➶ Positively American Author Charles Schumer – 9facts.co.uk fourteen years earlier But that was a different time [Reading] ➶ Best Friend to Wife and Mother? Author Caroline Anderson – 9facts.co.uk he s a different person now [PDF / Epub] ☂ Bright Evening Star By Madeleine L& – 9facts.co.uk determined to put that experience out of his mind and his heartThe locals agree that Jonathan is indeed different from the lost young man he was that long ago summer [Epub] ➝ Creating the Good Life ➞ James O& – 9facts.co.uk when he arrived at the farm for a stay after his mother died Back then the hot summer days were filled with sunshine ✩ Trupp pdf ❤ Author Janell Cannon – 9facts.co.uk the nearby ocean [Read] ➪ Brave New Knits By Julie Turjoman – 9facts.co.uk and a new friend ➾ Women Talking Download ➹ Author Miriam Toews – 9facts.co.uk Nat Jonathan and the farmhand had quickly grown close [Download] ➾ Real Cause, Real Cure Author Bill Gottlieb – 9facts.co.uk Jonathan needing comfort in the wake of his grief [Download] ➹ Watching Spirits By Mrs Ellet – 9facts.co.uk and Nat basking in the peace and love he didn t have at homeBut that was also a summer of rumors and strange happenings in the surrounding countryside [Read] ➻ House of Gold ➸ Natasha Solomons – 9facts.co.uk romantic triangles and wronged lovers Tempers would flare like a summer lightning storm [Reading] ➷ Our Darkest Hours By Jose Miguel Arguelles – 9facts.co.uk and ebb just as quickly By the summer s end [EPUB] ✰ Shortcut to Infinity By Tait McKenzie Johnson – 9facts.co.uk one young man was dead ❰Read❯ ➵ Are You Ready to Hatch an Unusual Chicken? (Unusual Chickens, Author Kelly Jones – 9facts.co.uk and another haunted for lifeNow Jonathan is determined to start anew Until he starts seeing the ghost of his former friend everywhere he looks Until mementos of that summer idyll reappear Until Alayne s life is in danger Until the town s resident witch tells Jonathan that ghosts are real And this one is tied to Jonathan unto death Stayed until 4am finishing this, Could Not Put It Down Great story Special thanks to Martin for recommending the book to me If you re planning to read this book and have not read the blurb yet, I suggest, don t I think the blurb gave a little too much of the story away that most of the book would seem like an REALLY extended version of the blurb I m not sure how to talk about this story without giving spoilers It s a historical romance set in the UK between late 1890s to early 1900s The chapters vacillate back and forth between the teenage years and the Special thanks to Martin for recommending the book to me If you re planning to read this book and have not read the blurb yet, I suggest, don t I think the blurb gave a little too much of the story away that most of the book would seem like an REALLY extended version of the blurb I m not sure how to talk about this story without giving spoilers It s a historical romance set in the UK between late 1890s to early 1900s The chapters vacillate back and forth between the teenage years and the adulthood present of the main character, Jonathan Parts of the book felt plodded, while some parts were captivating and five star worthy I thought the story showed a lot of potential, but ultimately I was disappointed in the way the book turned out in the end I would explain it in a short paragraph which would contain spoilers, so skip it if you have not read it view spoiler I really, really loved Nat s character and history with Jonathan They had such an amazing love story at the start and I really hated the author for ending it tragically In my opinion, Langford s story pales to Nat s and was not given enough air time to develop There was barely any romance development shown on the page for Jonathan and Langford Even though Nat s fate turned out that way, I still expected some kind of emotional closure for Nat and Jonathan at the end during the ritual, and was left sorely disappointed hide spoiler This book has an HEA, but I was dissatisfied at the end because of the reasons above I felt that the ending wrapped up everything too quickly and added in certain new information in the epilogue which could have been further elaborated It could be an intent to set the premise for a spinoff or second book Still, I enjoyed reading most of the story.4 Stars I won t be able to do this book justice.A warning I m an emotional mess in this period, so I think I was a fertile soil for the visceral feelings this book stirred in me It s a historical romance with the touch of a classic and, even if the story is not as charged, it reminded me a few times of The Turn of the Screw There are many elements in this story romance, mystery, a touch of paranormal or superstition Everything contributed to the constant feeling of dread and uncertainty, vulnera I won t be able to do this book justice.A warning I m an emotional mess in this period, so I think I was a fertile soil for the visceral feelings this book stirred in me It s a historical romance with the touch of a classic and, even if the story is not as charged, it reminded me a few times of The Turn of the Screw There are many elements in this story romance, mystery, a touch of paranormal or superstition Everything contributed to the constant feeling of dread and uncertainty, vulnerability, danger Pretty angsty.Jonathan and Langsford have known each other for years, they are very much in love, but they ve never confessed these feelings to each other When Jonathan inherits a farm in Cornwall, Langsford goes with him to spend a week together before he has to go back to London and probably put an end to the very close relationship he has with Jonathan He d like to finally confess his love to his friend, to get a weight off his chest, but many things happen on the farm, things that make him realize that Jonathan is maybe a different person than what he thought and that his reserved character probably hides some horrible secret.In Cornwall Jonathan is forced to face the memories of his past and tragic love for Nat, a farm hand who had become his first lover 14 years before That love was tragic because Nat had drowned falling from a cliff and leaving a pregnant girl, who he had to marry before his death That girl, Rose, is now living on the farm and working for Jonathan and making everything in her power to make Jonathan miserable, since she thinks Jonathan is responsible for Nat s death Alec Nat and Rose s son is the living remainder of the man who had so much influence on Jonathan s life.Jonathan s love for Nat is told in a series of flashbacks We learn of the young lovers bliss at the beginning while shadows gather on their future Their love is almost naive, but it s powerful and it binds them with their own deeds and their own words that seem to stir an ancient and dark magic The times are not right for their love, which is considered against nature and law There s also a malevolent will set against them Slowly we see their story progress to its horrible and tragic end.The main characters of the story are Jonathan and Langsford They complete each other Langsford is like the light, sunny and cheerful Jonathan isreserved and contained, but Langsford is able to bring out hisplayful side.The figure that stuck in my mind was Nat I don t think we really know the truth about him, if he was really truthful in his relationship with Jonathan or if the cruel words of other characters were closer to the reality of what he was and what he was doing to Jonathan I like to think that he was really born under an unlucky star, but even in his most horrible moments, his desperation for a future he couldn t change got to me and made me hurt so much that I can t still believe it Reading his last encounter with Jonathan was incredibly hard and painful Everything he did was wrong, and he knew it, and he couldn t help it.The book is full of the most different feelings There s love and tenderness, but there s also violence and desperation, there s deceit and revenge, but there s also friendship and generosity There are people with an aura of ancient power and old rites in a land which seems to retain its pagan heritage I don t think it s a book for everyone It s not explicit, but sensual I d recommend it to those who like historical books where romance ispromised than given I don t often give 5 stars, but this book deserved them Truly a book that belongs on a different shelf than 90% of the other books of this ilk Bravo to Donald Hardy.Though Mr Hardy appears to be a born and bread American, he writes with the flare of an Englishman Maybe that s due in part to his training Lover s Knot is written in the style of a good ol Shirlock Holmes story, with a touch of Bronte dark, brooding landscapes, drippy fog, ghosts and folklore And yet the characters are well I don t often give 5 stars, but this book deserved them Truly a book that belongs on a different shelf than 90% of the other books of this ilk Bravo to Donald Hardy.Though Mr Hardy appears to be a born and bread American, he writes with the flare of an Englishman Maybe that s due in part to his training Lover s Knot is written in the style of a good ol Shirlock Holmes story, with a touch of Bronte dark, brooding landscapes, drippy fog, ghosts and folklore And yet the characters are well developed Nat to say the least is complicated Jonathan is well developed and Rose is the evil wife lurking in the background.I loved the epilog I suppose rather tongue and cheekas if to say, don t take this too seriously It s still just a tale I don t really want to say too much about the plot, because it would be a spoiler Just that it s an excellent read Perhaps my only complaint is the long back and forth timeline If I put the book down, I had to do some recouping to figure out which time period I was inbut that was just me If the author had done it differently, it would have destroyed the story It s an intricately woven plot that takes the reader back and forth and then neatly ties it together in a lover s knot As is too often the case, an author s best work is his first I hope this is not the case here I m looking forward to many a good read in the future Keep up the good work 2010 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention 5 from at least 1 judge This was clearly the best book of this genre I have ever read in my life I cannot find words to write a coherent synopsis or review at the moment I am totally shattered after reading this But I draw my hat to the author The skill behind writing a book like this is beyond anything I could ever hope to achieve myself Would I recommend this book Yes If there s only one book you want to read this year, read this one oh, and forget that awful cover The book is not your usual m m romance, li This was clearly the best book of this genre I have ever read in my life I cannot find words to write a coherent synopsis or review at the moment I am totally shattered after reading this But I draw my hat to the author The skill behind writing a book like this is beyond anything I could ever hope to achieve myself Would I recommend this book Yes If there s only one book you want to read this year, read this one oh, and forget that awful cover The book is not your usual m m romance, like the cover suggests This one is one of those books that sat on my kindle waiting to be readfor years Seriously It s one of four historical M M Romances done by running press, of which I d found randomly in Barnes Noble years ago, False Colors being one of the first adult M M books I ever read it s also that last paper back book I ever purchased This was the last one I had left and I just wasn t sure about it because it seemed depressing and it s so long so it wasn t one of those that was just sitting arou This one is one of those books that sat on my kindle waiting to be readfor years Seriously It s one of four historical M M Romances done by running press, of which I d found randomly in Barnes Noble years ago, False Colors being one of the first adult M M books I ever read it s also that last paper back book I ever purchased This was the last one I had left and I just wasn t sure about it because it seemed depressing and it s so long so it wasn t one of those that was just sitting around for a lazy day read So I finally read the damned thing and WOW i loved it Really loved it It was not a typical M M in that we don t see so much of Williams and Langston s relationship, but Langston IS Jonathan Williams s happy ending to what turns out to be a terribly horrible beginning The story within the story is of Nat and Jonathan s love one summer after the death of Jonathan s mother and wow was it sweet And Nat s presence was still felt throughout the entire story I totally did not see the big ending to their relationship coming AT ALL I knew it sucked, but holy mother was it surprising and devastating Because I really adored Nat Yeah, he was a bit of a cad, but he made no apologies and told you straight up he was who he was Some people say they don t understand what Nat was doing with Jonathan etc but I do believe they were painfully in love and in times such as those with circumstances such as theirs it just made something that should have been beautiful end very tragically My heart ached But you love dear old Langston too so him being the end result made me happy It was definitely a bittersweet tale Not for the reader looking for the methodical M M romance Very very sad, but worth it.Oh, and Rose Hale Eat shit