- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Mills & Boon; First edition edition (3 December 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0263837971
- ISBN-13: 978-0263837971
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.2 x 17 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 99.8 g
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The Italian Count's Command
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Childhood in Portsmouth meant grubby knees, flying pigtails and happiness for Sara Wood. Poverty drove her from typist and seaside landlady to teacher till writing finally gave her the freedom her Romantic blood craved. Happily married, she has two handsome sons; Richard is married, calm, dependable, drives tankers, Simon is a roamer – silversmith, roofer, welder, always with beautiful girls. Sara lives in the Cornish countryside. Her glamorous writing life alternates with her passion for gardening which allows her to be carefree and grubby again!
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But then it suddenly doesn't look good for Dante either. He believes what he sees and walks out of the house, his marriage, and wife taking their three year old child, w/ no direction for Miranda. She gets to search relentlessly for her precious child until her estranged husband finally calls and invites her to come to them to help settle their boy as he is unsettled w/out her around. However, it is remarked upon that the child is settled - confusing that. Does Dante question the rumors at that point? Nope. Miranda has to point things out to him and he finally relents on the neglect aspect, but not the cheating portion. Apparently four years of marriage did NOT breed any trust into their r/s!
Yes, I understand that it didn't help that Miranda seemed to guard her emotions and was not overly fond of displaying her affection, but seriously if one portion of the rumor was questionable shouldn't he have wondered about other portions? Dante and Miranda's story held my interest to a point. Once I started questioning the things that Dante believed I found myself frustrated w/ his easy acceptance of something when he and Miranda had been married for so long. Yes, he was probably listening to negative things for several years, but not once did he find any evidence to support those rumors. Then there is the child that is clearly capable of speech and said child didn't seem to say anything either! No mention of any "uncles" coming to visit or the fact that "mommy is always walking into walls and falling over things" - zilch! Also he must have heard negative things about the other party, but he doesn't buy them at all.
Dante ran hot and cold several times and it left me wondering what the heck he was thinking to push her away one moment and then reel her in as though nothing is going on just to fling her aside again. He didn't seem to care to get to the bottom of the mystery night as he wanted to protect himself. I'm still wondering why he didn't at least seek better care for her at that time rather than leaving her on her own or perhaps w/ his brother
**SPOILER/QUESTIONS** Why he didn't finish what he started and if not why something more tragic didn't befall Miranda? Also we are to believe that bro didn't do what he set out to do, but instead talked on the phone first? Why? Why would he do that? That doesn't make sense as he seems to lack a morality chip to begin w/. So perhaps he did do that and he also knew that if he admitted it to his brother he would be dead so what is one more lie in the scheme of things? Miranda also seemed to change her mind as well. At one point she remembers that night as being helpless and unable to really move, but she is thinking no rape occurred then later she is thinking it did. One would think if you are so helpless and unable to move and another person is there then you can't really give consent thereby it is rape, right?
Dante seemed to show more compassion for the materialistic sister of Miranda than his own wife. Miranda was relegated w/ Dante's nastiness and user-ness throughout the story only to get a few page scrimpy grovel, that she didn't care for anyway because she was just so happy that they could be together in the end. Dante had no true defense in the end because there were others that spoke of his brother's treatment and questionable activities, but instead Dante places his sibling before his wife and there wasn't a lot of groveling for me to buy into the HEA. Dante is more concerned w/ the way things appear to others, yet he ignored the grumblings about his brother, all at the detriment of his wife and their marriage. The quick forgiveness by Miranda towards Dante is a bit annoying as well. Sure, once people are adults are for their actions, but so is Dante. He chose to believe the worst of his wife - yes she didn't believe the best of him either and that isn't really dealt w/ but appears moot given what she and her sister are subjected to - and he acted accordingly making her pay throughout the story. Sure would be nice if there was equality in these stories!!
The only thing that saved it from being a one star is Miranda's determination to fight for her marriage and the surprise staunch loyalty from her dizsty sister Lizzie. I also loved that Dante could see that something wasn't adding up right once he saw Miranda in action with his son.
The strongly set comeuppance was spoiled when the guilty party was inadequately dealt with - considering the crime, a beating would have been quite in order! And the HEA is tainted by the continuing thread of date rape. Icky for me but I do admire Miranda's words to Dante - "The nightmare is over, Dante. Let's shut the door on it and walk into the light again. Together."