Upon Your Return

Upon Your Return Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey where her uncle sent her long ago When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage she fears that she will be forced to marr

  • Title: Upon Your Return
  • Author: Marie Lavender
  • ISBN: 9781484978092
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life.But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strangeFara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life.But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for protection His intervention not only saves her, but puts her in an even compromising position.Grant Hill, a trading captain, is enchanted by the young heiress not only because of her beauty, but because she is hardly conventional Underneath her ladylike exterior lies a tigress Grant cannot help but offer his protection as she is in need and he is far from immune from her charms.Fara just never bargained on the passion that she feels for Grant Hill As events unfold, she must decide whether her desires and the dictates of her heart should trump the rules of society in this exciting tale.

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    • Jonel Boyko says:

      This novel was very smoothly written, allowing the reader to immerse themselves fully in the storyline. Lavender stays firmly in the time period that she’s chosen, weaving her tale in and out of the social norms of the day (which she does take the time to point out for her audience, rather than assuming that they know). This is not only an intriguing and unique historical romance, but it was also historically significant. Lavender brings everything together in a multilayered storyline that’s [...]

    • Kari Crouse says:

      I'm not usually into historical romance, but this one was very intriguing. Grant, the captain, was sexy and compelling even though he was arrogant. Fara was a woman I admire for her spirit and stubbornness in a time when women and their ideas were considered unimportant. The love they shared was intense and beautiful. The plot was interesting with twist and turns. All in all, a very beautiful piece of work! I can't wait to read more of this author's works.

    • Gaele says:

      Set in 1860’s France, often called the “second empire” this story manages to convey a feel for the time, historical details, and an amazingly well-defined main character to create a story that will have you engaged from the first page. Orphaned and a ward of her uncle, Fara will soon be handed off to the first available “appropriate” suitor, without regard to her feelings or safety as is evidenced by his choice of suitable suitor. When this ‘suitor’ endangers her, and leaves her wi [...]

    • Johnnie-Marie Howard says:

      I can honestly say that this was my 1st time reading a historical romance and I loved itI couldn't but the book down it was goodI really liked how the main character tried hard to be a socialite at the same time being her self and falling in love I so fault bad for all the bad things that happened to her, child birth by herself unmarried, love of her life going away, almost being killed, rapped it was a really really great love story. I'm actually really surprised that I liked it normally I woul [...]

    • Linda Williams says:

      Marie Lavender's beautifully written love story between heiress Fara Bellamont and Captain Grant Hill captured my heart immediately. Set in 1860's France, the novel portrays the social and political struggles of that era, and the challenges Fara faces as a woman. Although a "man's world," that sphere could prove just as hard for a man not born to a position, such as Captain Hill. Despite their situations, Fara and Grant are bold enough and brave enough to defy the conventions of the time.In Upon [...]

    • Tamra LeValley says:

      Eighteen year old Fara is thrust into a world where she is constantly being rescued. Her parents pass away and her uncle rescues her as a young child, her fiance pays men to rape her and a Captain of a ship rescues her, her uncle dies and the man she loves is an enemy of the country so her aunt rescues her. I could not really understand the plot of this book. There was so much going on and yet it seemed to center on how much Fara wanted to be a woman of independence as she is constantly getting [...]

    • Sylvia says:

      This book is a sweet historial romance with many twist and turns. I was pulling for this couple. It took a great deal of time for the events to come together. I much admired Fara for what she had to endure in her life and become the lovely woman she is. I just love Grant, even tho I was a little upset with him for his absence. He was always there for Fara. I would recommend this book when you have many hours to get lost in this romance.

    • Kayla West says:

      I wanted to read this book after practically devouring the second book in the Heiresses in Love series, Upon Your Honor. I had to know more about the relationship between Gabriel's parents. I mean, it was a given considering what we are told in the second book. It was enough to tide me over, but there was a nagging sensation in the back of my head. If someone gives me a tidbit, I long for the whole story. And here it is!So, little bit of info about meI am a redhead. Because of this, I always fee [...]

    • Dee says:

      I reviewed another book by this author and was so impressed with her writing style that I wanted to read some of her other work.  This book struck me as fascinating with all the requirements of a good read.  The author has written a compelling, yet beautiful love story, keeping in tune with the nineteenth century and the situation of the women's rights or rather the absolute lack of any woman having any rights.  The constraints that society put on all women during that period was maintained t [...]

    • KathyAnne says:

      This book just has the most beautiful cover! And, it is a great fit for the story itself. I love the occasional Historical Romance and who wouldn't be enticed to read a book about a handsome sea captain who rescues damsels in distress??! I'll climb aboard that one for sure. Fara has been raised by her Uncle after her parents died and now she's all grown up and ready to be married off by a suitor of her Uncle's choosing. But, luck doesn't run on Fara's side because her fiancé set her up to be ra [...]

    • Lori says:

      Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews!With vivid characters, sensuality, and danger, Marie Lavender hits the mark with her historical romance Upon Your Return. Set in 1860s France, Lavender pulls the reader into her story with colorful historical details, authentic settings, and French phrases, making the atmosphere even more realistic.Orphaned by the death of her parents, Fara Bellamont becomes the ward of her unloving uncle. Having known love from her parents, Fara is unprepared t [...]

    • Sandy Grassini says:

      This book is a historical romance set during the 1800's in France. I'm not really one who reads historical romance novels, but I did enjoy this one. Some of the words I didn't understand, because they were in french, but that didn't take away from the book. I loved the history of this book. I could really see the beautiful dresses, the horse driven carriages, and how big of an event the opera was. All Fara wants is to find love, but society dictates otherwise. During that time, women didn't get [...]

    • Kristi Cramer says:

      I won this in a Facebook giveaway, and promised my honest opinion, which I give below. Please bear in mind that it is likely I would never have read this book on my own, and that may have an impact on what readers think of my review. Well, I finished it, and I wasn't very impressed with this novel. I always try to find positive things to say about books I review, but I'm having trouble with this one. The only reason I gave it 3 stars was because there were a few cute scenes between the couple, a [...]

    • Kathleen Janz-Anderson says:

      Upon Your Return is about Fara, her trials, and her love for a man. Her character intrigued me. She was sweet, yet downright tough if she had to be. She had her own mind, yet she was vulnerable. She was smart, naive, and determined.It’s apparent that her parents love her, but they leave her with a caregiver at such a tender age. She had to have been devastated because she was absolutely abandoned by them. That alone is enough to affect her for the rest of her life. But to make matters worse, h [...]

    • Aubrey Brown says:

      I am very happy to say that I won this wonderful novel in a Facebook contest! The first thought to grab my attention was the fact that the cover is so stunning. I then proceeded to read the synopsis, which was incredibly intriguing. I have never read any previous works by this author, so I was very excited to have the chance to read her work now. I read through the reviews posted previously, and I had high expectations, and I must say that Marie did not disappoint. This period piece novel was ob [...]

    • LadyCalico says:

      I can't say it was "simply" awful because it was also weird, disjointed, repetitious, and about 100 pages too long. People and odd situations would just pop in and out in the most bizarre manner. The story had so many holes, inconsistencies, and stuff that just made no sense, like the first fiance--what was that! Don't keep waiting for an explanation about his bizarre behavior at the dinner or why he took such a risk to try to kill her (after all, her uncle was supposedly a formidable man whom n [...]

    • Chelsea says:

      This book has a good story line and is written smoothly however about the middle of the book I had a hard time continueing. At times I did not want to read the book. It became boring at parts and I had to force myself to read and not glance over the paragraphs. I enjoy period peices because it is a time that I will neve live but it is also a time of simple but hard times so unlike today. This book had this feel to it but I think it might have been a bit too long at times. It was also a little co [...]

    • Belinda says:

      This review is from: Upon Your Return (Kindle Edition)I read Upon Your Return by Marie Lavender per her request. In my time I have read many books by authors like Sabrina Jeffries, Johanna Lindsey, etc and found Ms Lavenders' book inspiring. She did a lot of work in this fabulous romance. At first I was a little bit anxious to read another story about a woman is forced to marry someone she doesn't love. But once I started reading, it kept me in suspense. When Fara is attacked by ruffians, she is [...]

    • Julia Saldivar-rod says:

      ** I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***No Spoilers*First of all I LOVE the cover!!! I was very interested in reading this book. It has many of the qualities that I love in books. It has romance, chivalry, a strong leading lady and of course a handsome gentleman! I really liked this book! I would recommend it to my reader friends that love romance filled books :)Five things that I loved about Fara:1. I love her name!!2. I loved that she did not let society change he [...]

    • Amanda Phillips says:

      Upon receiving this book, I immediately noticed how beautiful the cover was. I only meant to open it long enough to see how long it was going to be but found myself sucked in to the story from page one.Faras background elicits teary eyes at the thought of the hopelessness that faces children in her situation.I laughed, cried, and even cheered a few times during the reading of Upon Your Return.Fara and Grants story is one that leaves you hoping for more and the touches of historically correct fac [...]

    • Cynthia says:

      I was given this book by the author for an honest review.I loved the cover of this book, very nice and sexy. I found Captain Grant Hill to be a wonderful sexy character. He was a wonderful protector of a very stubborn lady who know what she wants and doesn't let the world tell her what she should do. It took a lot of balls or I guess I should say backbone to do some of the things she does. I found this to be a very sweet, loving, passionate book. Fara was born in a time where women had little ri [...]

    • Andrea Cooper says:

      Fara is from upper class society and therefore locked into certain rules. However, she longs to find true love and marry whomever fits that bill. Her uncle has other ideas and doesn't care about love, but her marrying a 'proper' suitor. Grant is a wonderful hero who comes to Fara's rescue in more ways than one. Together their is chemistry brewing between these two. However, parts of the book felt rushed and Fara's character deviated between a strong woman and one that needs help. Though I am ple [...]

    • Venture says:

      I was asked to read this historic romance novel. As a great lover of books from Catherine Coulter & Johanna Lindsey I was afraid I would be disappointed. However the characters were very compelling and the story didn't follow any guidelines. I was completely enamored by the story of Fara and Grant. I felt Fara and I were emotionally entwined. I have felt love for someone & had the opportunity to wait for them. I could relate with her feelings and her love.I haven't read a historical roma [...]

    • Tiffany says:

      Upon Your Return is a cute love story that has the essence of Jane Eyre and Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind. I really enjoyed the lead character although her choices were not typical for a woman of that era. I couldn't put the book down during the first half because it was such a compelling story. The second half frustrated me more because I felt the heroine needed to open up her eyes a bit but I see that as a sign of a good book when I feel such emotions based on the actions of the charact [...]

    • Allyson says:

      I received this book thru the author for an honest review. First off I loved the cover its beautiful and fits this story! This is a love story set in the 1860's France. Its a sad, heartwarming & a beautiful story. Fara is Orphaned and awarded to her Uncle who will choose a husband for her. He choose a man who endangered her and she was rescued by a sea captain. I don't want to ruin it for those who haven't read it but this story has lots of twist and turns. I was hooked from the first chapte [...]

    • C.S. says:

      This was a good book. I'm more of a dialogue person and much of this story was internal thoughts. Otherwise, I thought it was a great story. My only problem was feeling like sometimes the woman got mad for no reason and would pick a fight. I thought her a little irrational, but Grant was lovely! ;D

    • InD'tale Magazine says:

      Ms. Lavender takes the damsel in distress plot to a whole new level! Read full review in the November 2013 issue of InD’tale Magazine.

    • Mika Jolie says:

      This is a great story and beautifully told by Marie Lavender.


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    • JoAnne says:

      Read my review on RomanceJunkies by clicking on the link below:romancejunkiesreviews/artm

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