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Selene has always had three great passions: men, food... and Gone With the Wind. Still the glamourous models seems to always be starving for both nourishment and affection. Weary of the petty world of high fashion, she heads to New Orleans for one last shoot befor she chucks it all and begins a whole new life. But she doesn't realize that, thanks to an errant voodoo spell, Selene has always had three great passions: men, food... and Gone With the Wind. Still the glamourous models seems to always be starving for both nourishment and affection. Weary of the petty world of high fashion, she heads to New Orleans for one last shoot befor she chucks it all and begins a whole new life. But she doesn't realize that, thanks to an errant voodoo spell, her new life will happen 150 years in the past....and in the company of a dark and brooding gentleman who could give Rhett Butler a run for his money! An alarmingly handsome Southern planter, James Baptiste may not have Rhett's cavalier spirit-and his plantation is certainly no Tara! But it's clear as crystal that this virile Creole is a lover worth giving a damn about. And with God as her witness, Selene vows she will never go hungry for this man again!


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Selene has always had three great passions: men, food... and Gone With the Wind. Still the glamourous models seems to always be starving for both nourishment and affection. Weary of the petty world of high fashion, she heads to New Orleans for one last shoot befor she chucks it all and begins a whole new life. But she doesn't realize that, thanks to an errant voodoo spell, Selene has always had three great passions: men, food... and Gone With the Wind. Still the glamourous models seems to always be starving for both nourishment and affection. Weary of the petty world of high fashion, she heads to New Orleans for one last shoot befor she chucks it all and begins a whole new life. But she doesn't realize that, thanks to an errant voodoo spell, her new life will happen 150 years in the past....and in the company of a dark and brooding gentleman who could give Rhett Butler a run for his money! An alarmingly handsome Southern planter, James Baptiste may not have Rhett's cavalier spirit-and his plantation is certainly no Tara! But it's clear as crystal that this virile Creole is a lover worth giving a damn about. And with God as her witness, Selene vows she will never go hungry for this man again!

30 review for Frankly, My Dear

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ 18% I bought this even though it had mixed reviews because I'm a sucker for time travel romances and I thought the premise seemed really fun. Unfortunately, it really didn't work for me. Part of that is because of the way it's written-- it is a book from the 1990s that attempts to make light of romances set on plantations, particularly those like GONE WITH THE WIND, which the heroine professes to love. Unfortunately, this means a lo Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ 18% I bought this even though it had mixed reviews because I'm a sucker for time travel romances and I thought the premise seemed really fun. Unfortunately, it really didn't work for me. Part of that is because of the way it's written-- it is a book from the 1990s that attempts to make light of romances set on plantations, particularly those like GONE WITH THE WIND, which the heroine professes to love. Unfortunately, this means a lot of Black stereotypes and making light of racism. I see that this book has a cult following and I'm sure that for some people, this will be of the "so bad it's good" variety of entertainment, but it really comes across as quite tone deaf and I wasn't able to enjoy it. I'd read more of this author's more recent books, since the 1990s were a while ago and I'm sure she's evolved her style since then, but I wouldn't recommend this one 1 star

  2. 4 out of 5

    Justin Chen

    4 stars A romantic romp banking on its nod to Gone with the Wind with high degree of success, along with its flirtatious romantic pairing, making Frankly, My Dear a worthwhile journey, even with the slight ineffective start and end. "I'm Crimson O'Hara, and he's Rat Butler, and this is Tara-cum-Bedlam." If you like Tessa Dare, you'll easily enjoy what Frankly, My Dear has to offer: upbeat, never take itself too seriously (this book is also a blonde joke compilation), and relentless with its tantali 4 stars A romantic romp banking on its nod to Gone with the Wind with high degree of success, along with its flirtatious romantic pairing, making Frankly, My Dear a worthwhile journey, even with the slight ineffective start and end. "I'm Crimson O'Hara, and he's Rat Butler, and this is Tara-cum-Bedlam." If you like Tessa Dare, you'll easily enjoy what Frankly, My Dear has to offer: upbeat, never take itself too seriously (this book is also a blonde joke compilation), and relentless with its tantalizing sexual tension (these characters are not shy about expressing what they want to do to each other). As mentioned earlier, the bookend portions are Frankly, My Dear's weakest link. The time travel element in the beginning feels severely under-cooked; granted this is not a sci-fi, but I wish it has more story impact, rather than an one-time shortcut getting a contemporary character into the past. The novel's last 40 pages feels rushed, critical events happening in succession with quick resolution (as if the author suddenly realized she still had loose ends to tie up before she could end the book). And the epilogue... it deviates so much from the rest of the book, I can easily do without. Even with its flaws, the spoofing on Gone with the Wind, eventful narrative, and high steaminess outweighs the rough spots, and Frankly, My Dear remains a memorable fun time. A Guy Reading Historical Romance | Ep02 ➵ A Commentary Track ➵ Keeping track of my random reactions and tangential thoughts. There WILL be spoilers, so proceed with caution. Sponsored by my local thrift stores. ❈✢❈ CH2 p.35 Already so many shout-outs to her breasts... p.37 Is it weird that the female lead has the same first name as the author? Isn't that a little... self-indulgent? CH3 p.49 The flirting/teasing in this book can be summed up as 'explicitly naughty'. p.55 Beignets and breasts, the two primary recurring motifs thus far. CH4 p.65 While the male lead has an obsession with boobs, the female protagonist is aroused by limbs (fingers and toes)—at least the author kept it fair that both sexes get a kink. CH5 p.75 Time travel is a piece of cake, according to this book: it's it's simply a voodoo doll plus a bunch of seeds (white to add, black to deduct, no less). p.78 At least the novel made explicitly clear that it's aware of the racial injustice and gender oppression of that time period (instead of overly romanticizing it) p.79 The MC from the 20th century is ready to spread her lovemaking advice p.83 "Her breasts could balance out a thousand imperfections on the scale."—breasts obsession continues. CH6 p.97 There it is, the titular Gone with the Wind phrase appeared. CH11 p.180 "I'm Crimson O'Hara, and he's Rat Butler, and this is Tara-cum-Bedlam." CH19 p.293 I'm so glad the author remembered to bring back the heroine's foot fetish; the reference dropped hundreds of pages ago was not done in vain!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Debbie J

    "When... when in the name of God...are women going to learn that changing themselves to please another person...a man...isn't the answer?" This quote from Frankly, My Dear’s “heroine” is rich given how almost as soon as she wakes up in the antebellum South she pursues the very course she’s claiming to deny. Selene the time-shifted supermodel proceeds to convince the plantation women to: wear makeup; fluff up their hair; dress more provocatively; reduce their butt size; increase their bust size; a "When... when in the name of God...are women going to learn that changing themselves to please another person...a man...isn't the answer?" This quote from Frankly, My Dear’s “heroine” is rich given how almost as soon as she wakes up in the antebellum South she pursues the very course she’s claiming to deny. Selene the time-shifted supermodel proceeds to convince the plantation women to: wear makeup; fluff up their hair; dress more provocatively; reduce their butt size; increase their bust size; and, do aerobics and yoga so they'll be shapelier and have the core of a pole dancer. Right...exercising on top of the sweaty manual labor they must as slaves do first. FFS. I was driven to read this book by some interweb ravings declaring it the worst ever and deserving of a mass shunning. However, I usually prefer to form my own opinions, thankyouverymuch. Going in I knew popular romance novelist Sandra Hill thought she’d found an acceptable and clever way to make light of slavery and I was prepared to take offense. Mission accomplished! (view spoiler)[ My earliest annoyance while reading this mess: dumb blonde jokes? Are they supposed to render presenting U.S. history’s arguably most evil era as a literary sitcom okay? I’ve ultimately interpreted the blonde jokes as weak maneuvers to avert Selene’s being viewed as a villain. Whatever, the snaps stick out as caustic, overused anachronisms, and I think they more likely represent the author’s effort to disarm critics by essentially making fun of her own blonde self. Sure. Next there’s the cavalier depiction of the female slaves. Were slave women's lives so mundane that they had time to worry about whether their feet were too big or their breasts too small, or about having zits? Probably not, but once Selene finishes putting her Martha Stewart-esque home economics skills to use the slaves are in utter bliss! They laugh, tease, clap their hands, and giggle in delight as they perform the chores they’re forced to do. Presumably, Frankly, My Dear is intended to resemble a slavery rom-com. Fail. Then we have Selene’s heart’s desire, handsome plantation owner James, who she deems a benevolent master because he only makes his field slaves work between 6:00 am and 5:00 pm. Quite the human resource management pioneer, he. James is also an earlier adopter of modern pickup artist “negging” techniques, demonstrated by his alternating between insulting and seducing Selene. Gag. Meanwhile, during a "group therapy" session led by Cosmo magazine-trained Selene, a female slave reveals that the male slave she's been keeping company with has a footlong penis. Alrighty then, Miz Hill. Way to objectify a slave via a body attribute he had no control over. Way also to try to appeal to the lurid imaginations of your readers. (Yes, it’s a romance novel but IMO, a White woman painting a Black male slave in such light smacks of Mandingo fantasies and the culturally-dated “allure” of miscegenation.) Nope. (hide spoiler)] On the technical front, this novel doesn't seem to have sprung from a lone individual’s pen. It contains dramatic and jarring shifts in narrative style from one chapter to the next and sometimes within a given chapter. Since I’ve never read any of Hill’s other work, I’m unable to guess whether the problem is simply bad editing or poorly incorporated ghost writing. Hill explains in a supplementary author’s note how and why she believes Margaret Mitchell based iconic Gone with the Wind character Rhett Butler on someone in Hill’s actual family tree. The belief compelled her to write this book as supernatural-ish fantasy, wherein a Rhett prototype encounters a 21st century woman who doesn’t necessarily give a damn either. It’s unfortunate that Hill chose to develop the premise by trivializing enslaved peoples’ tragic lives. IMO, there exist certain lines a person in her historically privileged position should not cross, even as satire. Bully for her that she’s apparently allowed and encouraged to do so anyway, with impunity.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Not Now...Mommy's Reading

    When I first read the "pre-reviews" of this book before it was released, I was very excited. So excited that I pre-ordered the book. I read this book in one day and had to force myself to finish it. The concept behind the book was great - model goes back in time and is mistaken for a mulatto/quadroon at one of the famous Quadroon balls. Wow! This should make for an interesting read, right? Wrong! For one, the heroine bemoaned living in a society where she and other women were judged based on the When I first read the "pre-reviews" of this book before it was released, I was very excited. So excited that I pre-ordered the book. I read this book in one day and had to force myself to finish it. The concept behind the book was great - model goes back in time and is mistaken for a mulatto/quadroon at one of the famous Quadroon balls. Wow! This should make for an interesting read, right? Wrong! For one, the heroine bemoaned living in a society where she and other women were judged based on their outward appearance - and she spends half the book trying to get the other women around her to change their appearances in attempts to attract the men they desire. And a Black woman bemoaning her big behind? Give me a break! As a Black female and avid reader of historical romances, this book was just plain silly! I am not a stickler for historical accuracies and such and get tired of reviewers who spend so much time criticizing small inaccuracies that they miss the beauty of a well-written story but this book was just unbelieveable! For one...the characters sounded like they were from modern days, not historical times. Secondly, the 4-year old (E.T. *eyes rolling) - he wasn't funny. He needed his behind paddled and his mouth washed out with soap. I could go on and on but why bother? What could have been a perfectly good story is ruined by an excessive amount of silliness.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Nelson

    I LOVED this book. It is one that I will go back and re-read many times. A lot of people didn't like this one. But I love the way Sandra Hill writes. She is so witty and funny, but still doesn't forget the romance. She is another auto buy for me. I have most of her books, but I'm still working my way through them....LOL I LOVED this book. It is one that I will go back and re-read many times. A lot of people didn't like this one. But I love the way Sandra Hill writes. She is so witty and funny, but still doesn't forget the romance. She is another auto buy for me. I have most of her books, but I'm still working my way through them....LOL

  6. 4 out of 5

    TinaMarie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Selene is a model who's sent back in time due to a voodoo curse. She finds herself at a Quadroon Ball and James believes her to be a light skinned colored, looking for a protector. Yes she needs a protector and it takes time for him to believe she's from the future. The fact her makeup case which she wasn't holding traveled with her seemed far fetched. When she was in danger and still kept mouthing off future things also didn't work for me. Her heckling James with blonde jokes was funny but didn Selene is a model who's sent back in time due to a voodoo curse. She finds herself at a Quadroon Ball and James believes her to be a light skinned colored, looking for a protector. Yes she needs a protector and it takes time for him to believe she's from the future. The fact her makeup case which she wasn't holding traveled with her seemed far fetched. When she was in danger and still kept mouthing off future things also didn't work for me. Her heckling James with blonde jokes was funny but didn't fit her claimed attitude of women power and beauty isn't everything. Lots of contradictions, some fun moments. They sexually frustrate and tease each other for a majority of the book, talk about long foreplay!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kimchi

    This book had so much character.... I loved it.. It was funny and entertaining. It had me hooked from start to finish.I would go back and read this over and over …in fact i have;)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Alexander

    Love reading this book again... Can't e we go wrong with a book by this famous author... Love reading this book again... Can't e we go wrong with a book by this famous author...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ceelee

    Time travel stories can be a lot of fun and provide intriguing insight to another time and place.Unfortunstely Sandra Hill's Frankly My Dear was not one of them.The plot started out good enough but progressively got more ridiculous and the star rating kept getting lower. I slmost gave the book 2 stars but as I wss writing this review I decided it didn"t deserve it. If you like soft porn disguised as romance you will be thrilled with this book.Not my thing and the reason romance is not my favorit Time travel stories can be a lot of fun and provide intriguing insight to another time and place.Unfortunstely Sandra Hill's Frankly My Dear was not one of them.The plot started out good enough but progressively got more ridiculous and the star rating kept getting lower. I slmost gave the book 2 stars but as I wss writing this review I decided it didn"t deserve it. If you like soft porn disguised as romance you will be thrilled with this book.Not my thing and the reason romance is not my favorite genre . The steany graphic sex scenes is not the only reason I detested this book though.The Gone With the Wind connection was not very authentic since the setting was New Orleans not Atlanta and the main characters were a poor imitation ofScarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler. Not even close! Plus it is hard to believe Selene a 21st century supermodel would also be a capable teacher in advanced resding, mathematics and science and in addition an expert aerobics instructor and psychothreapist. I think what offended me the most is the constant blonde jokes that paint blondes as stupid vain creatures. Of course Selene was a brunette and her dislike of blondes went way too far and insulting to us blondes who are beautiful, smart and capable of handling successful lives. Obviously Ms Hill wasn't thinking such jokes might be insulting to some of her readers and it is for that reason I will never read another book by her.I almost didn't even finish this one. She had a great opportunity to be more creative and bring a little suspense and mystery with Giselle's ghost and Fleur one of Selene's 21st century friends' ancestor but never built on it except what felt like an afterthought with not much authentic suspense. The book was way too long at nearly 400 pages and the soap opera convention of attract-repel went on waaaaaay too long!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    I must confess I am a huge Gone With The Wind fan and with a cover and title like Frankly, My Dear - I had no self control, it became a must read. Wait, what was that I just read, time travel too - well, bless me, I felt as though I developed the vapors for the moment. Selene is a model who has made an enemy of another one, one who has voodoo powers. In a shoot taking place in New Orleans with a vintage style gown, she finds herself spun into the past. At that moment she has been placed before th I must confess I am a huge Gone With The Wind fan and with a cover and title like Frankly, My Dear - I had no self control, it became a must read. Wait, what was that I just read, time travel too - well, bless me, I felt as though I developed the vapors for the moment. Selene is a model who has made an enemy of another one, one who has voodoo powers. In a shoot taking place in New Orleans with a vintage style gown, she finds herself spun into the past. At that moment she has been placed before the real life Rhett of her dreams, James Baptiste. There is mystery, conspiracy, wit, and a wonderful love story within these pages. *** SPOILER***Selene is left with a choice to return to the future and when James' "dead" wife returns from the dead, she might not have any other choice but to leave behind the love of many lifetimes. Wonderful secondary characters and character development, a great storyline and memorable characters that leave one sighing and looking for their own time machine. A great read giving you a reason for a moment to believe.

  11. 5 out of 5

    TrickLolly

    .....man, this book. SMH So, I've been on a kick of reading romances from the nineties and earlier. I've read some really good ones and some stinkers as well. This book falls into the latter category. It's almost instalove, which isn't really my jam but I was curious about this book. I hadn't heard of the notoriety of this title in some circles but I saw it for a dollar at my local Dollar General. I thought why the hell not, I'll give it a shot. I regret it. Sandra Hill spends the entire book white .....man, this book. SMH So, I've been on a kick of reading romances from the nineties and earlier. I've read some really good ones and some stinkers as well. This book falls into the latter category. It's almost instalove, which isn't really my jam but I was curious about this book. I hadn't heard of the notoriety of this title in some circles but I saw it for a dollar at my local Dollar General. I thought why the hell not, I'll give it a shot. I regret it. Sandra Hill spends the entire book whitesplaining slavery and I just wasn't here for it. If you want to read a historical romance that handles this and similar topics much better then seek out a Beverly Jenkins novel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    sea sha

    Seriously? There was not a different between James and Devon lol. Please, this book is such a disgrace to us, women. I wouldn't call it funny and romantic about what James said to our female protagonist. Be smart ladies! Seriously? There was not a different between James and Devon lol. Please, this book is such a disgrace to us, women. I wouldn't call it funny and romantic about what James said to our female protagonist. Be smart ladies!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Peace_Love_Reading

    ehhhhh it was ok. I usually like storys back in time but this one at the end I kind of didnt really care to read the ending.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I read this year's ago. LOVED IT! Can't wait to read it again. I read this year's ago. LOVED IT! Can't wait to read it again.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    I have mixed feelings about this book. First off, I generally avoid historicals set in America smack in the middle of slavery, but I knew that up front so that is my fault for still checking it out from the library. The mid-1990s attempt at body positivity came across as a bit heavy-handed, and was negated by all the dumb blonde jokes. The author's attempt to make the hero a good guy despite the fact that he owned slaves was also a little cringe-y. However, I kept reading because I enjoyed the b I have mixed feelings about this book. First off, I generally avoid historicals set in America smack in the middle of slavery, but I knew that up front so that is my fault for still checking it out from the library. The mid-1990s attempt at body positivity came across as a bit heavy-handed, and was negated by all the dumb blonde jokes. The author's attempt to make the hero a good guy despite the fact that he owned slaves was also a little cringe-y. However, I kept reading because I enjoyed the banter between the hero and heroine as well as the heroine's attempt to introduce a little 1996 to the 1800s. Hence, my mixed feelings. Hopefully, I can find a time-travel book by Sandra Hill at my library that is set in a historical era that doesn't make me quite as uncomfortable.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Diane Peterson

    One of the weirder books I have ever read. The dialogue ranged from stilted to clever. There was not a lot of emotional depth in regard to the characters' thoughts or feelings. Still it was kinda charming in a strange way. This was a Creole time travel with many references to Gone with the Wind. I really don't know how to evaluate it. One of the weirder books I have ever read. The dialogue ranged from stilted to clever. There was not a lot of emotional depth in regard to the characters' thoughts or feelings. Still it was kinda charming in a strange way. This was a Creole time travel with many references to Gone with the Wind. I really don't know how to evaluate it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    R Chronis

    Not the greatest romance novel I've ever read. Had some good parts like the blonde jokes and the concept of a 2012 model traveling to 1845 New Orleans. But there are definitely better written books out there. Not the greatest romance novel I've ever read. Had some good parts like the blonde jokes and the concept of a 2012 model traveling to 1845 New Orleans. But there are definitely better written books out there.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Sexy, Fun Time travel romance. I need to read more of her work

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Mack

    I Love to laugh and I really love the time travle theme

  20. 5 out of 5

    Diane Peterson

    Weird book. Some writing is awful, some is clever. Strangely intriguing. Many references to Gone with the Wind. Time travel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    A Subtle Storm

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Hmmmmmmmmmm traveling through time sounds like an interesting idea, is an interesting idea, all the voodoo thing was also interesting, intrigued me so much that I wanted more voodoo-ey stuff, but that would be another story lol The story started out alright, modern day was okay, then comes the part after the traveling which I catergorised into two phases: First, loving the "I want you but I shouldn't but let's go for it anyways" James and Selena moments, and second, too many I love yous all over Hmmmmmmmmmm traveling through time sounds like an interesting idea, is an interesting idea, all the voodoo thing was also interesting, intrigued me so much that I wanted more voodoo-ey stuff, but that would be another story lol The story started out alright, modern day was okay, then comes the part after the traveling which I catergorised into two phases: First, loving the "I want you but I shouldn't but let's go for it anyways" James and Selena moments, and second, too many I love yous all over the place. We have all read stories with characters who are so desperate for each other, try to stay away but always end up failing terribly to do so. I've read so many of these and I love them, don't know why, feels like something forbidden and exciting. Starts up my poor heart into a crashing frenzy against my ribcage. Its like when I read these, I don't have to exercise at all...same thing for James and Selena ahahahaha The second phase doused quite a bit of the fiery passion I felt in the first. The hammering of my heart quickly cooled to a slow boring thuds as I take in all their love professions over and over again. Don't get me wrong, I love happy endings where everyone professes their undying love for one another, but in more ways than one, I felt like what was said could be shown instead. Of course, it wasn't only the ILYs, but also the fact that everyone kinda lost their spark somehow; more mellow perhaps.. but then again, maybe I'm just really addicted to those "relationship not clear but secretly have many passionate tryst" moments .. (////0////)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lynne

    Published in 1996, this book is just too problematic for 21st century audiences. You have voodoo curses, a heroine taken as a "free woman of color" when she time travels from the present to land in the middle of a Quadroon Ball in New Orleans, plantation owners and slaves and jealous siblings and evil spouses and people returning from the grave and...yeah, it's all a bit too much and a bit too cringey. And the heroine is a huge fan of GWTW. Oh, boy. Hill has a lot of other enjoyable books that ar Published in 1996, this book is just too problematic for 21st century audiences. You have voodoo curses, a heroine taken as a "free woman of color" when she time travels from the present to land in the middle of a Quadroon Ball in New Orleans, plantation owners and slaves and jealous siblings and evil spouses and people returning from the grave and...yeah, it's all a bit too much and a bit too cringey. And the heroine is a huge fan of GWTW. Oh, boy. Hill has a lot of other enjoyable books that are less problematic than this one. Simply put, it hasn't aged well. So find one of those others instead.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Misti

    Well, I picked this one up at the library, not really knowing what to expect. I mean, it's a Sandra Hill, so it HAD to be cheesy and amazing, so I figured I'd give it a try. Let me just say that I didn't read the back cover closely enough and I hadn't realized this was YET ANOTHER time travel book from Ms. Hill. She sure does love time travel. However, unlike a lot of her Viking books, this one has actual Plot. Not just people misunderstanding people and 20 pages of back-and-forth he said-she sa Well, I picked this one up at the library, not really knowing what to expect. I mean, it's a Sandra Hill, so it HAD to be cheesy and amazing, so I figured I'd give it a try. Let me just say that I didn't read the back cover closely enough and I hadn't realized this was YET ANOTHER time travel book from Ms. Hill. She sure does love time travel. However, unlike a lot of her Viking books, this one has actual Plot. Not just people misunderstanding people and 20 pages of back-and-forth he said-she said, but actual, honest-to-goodness plot. Which makes it a lot better than the viking books. There were actual twists! Apparent ones that were pretty easy to figure out, but nonetheless, I'm quite appreciative. I think Hill managed the time and situations quite well, and having a heroine who understands that there's not really much she can do about slavery on her own is sort of refreshing. Sex scenes: Sandra Hill sure does love ear-sex. But the scenes in this book are not quite as steamy as what you'll get in some of her other romances. All in all, a satisfying read. I'd be interested to read Desperado which is sort of a tie-in to this book with another time-traveling couple.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I bought this book for 25 cents in a thrift store a long time ago. A book which is kind of a travel back in time. The main character was a model. A model who was thin, tan, and fake. She in a freak accident and she travel back in the 1800's. You meet up with this man who owns a huge plantation in Louisiana with his young son, and he is a man who disposition is cold yet it's understandable since he lost his wife. This is one of the few romance books where the character isn't head over heels with hi I bought this book for 25 cents in a thrift store a long time ago. A book which is kind of a travel back in time. The main character was a model. A model who was thin, tan, and fake. She in a freak accident and she travel back in the 1800's. You meet up with this man who owns a huge plantation in Louisiana with his young son, and he is a man who disposition is cold yet it's understandable since he lost his wife. This is one of the few romance books where the character isn't head over heels with him during the beginning (even though she does point out he's attractive) because of his attitude. It's one of the few romance books that I really liked because of that. The main character gets chunkier because of binging on beignet, so I also like there was a little reality there. I hate it when the main character can eat whatever she felt like and not gain a pound. The reason why it's 4 stars though, and not 5 is because I thought that the book was a little short for me. However, Sandra Hill is a funny/great writer. If you see this book anywhere, I recommend picking it up.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marina

    I kept putting this book away for some reason but finally I read it and it was so much fun. Ms. Hill is fast paced and silly as usual. Can't wait to read the other 2 books in this time travel series. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Spoiler Note to Self:New Orleans 2012/1845, & California 1850 Sandra Selente "Selene"(ex model,28yo,governess,pal,preg)+James Baptiste(former sugar plantation owner,pal1,35yo,bro,cousin,kinda widower)& I kept putting this book away for some reason but finally I read it and it was so much fun. Ms. Hill is fast paced and silly as usual. Can't wait to read the other 2 books in this time travel series. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Spoiler Note to Self:New Orleans 2012/1845, & California 1850 Sandra Selente "Selene"(ex model,28yo,governess,pal,preg)+James Baptiste(former sugar plantation owner,pal1,35yo,bro,cousin,kinda widower)& Etienne(his son,5/6yo,10yo)=Ashley(their 10m girl,half sis)&Rhett(their son,half bro)&Scarlett(their toddler,half sis),Reba Cameron(pal,preg)+Fergus (overseer,pal1,new sugar plantation owner),Blossom(cook,pal),Dreadful(Etienne's dog),Iris(maid, slave,head housekeeper,pal)&Cain and Abel(her twin boys)+Rufus(slave)=Lily Belle and Rufus(their kids),Marie Baptiste(mother,50's,pal,grandma,died),Helen Prescott(Major),Rafe Santiago(lawyer).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Britta

    One of Sandra Hill's better novels (not that any of them are terrible ... this one just stands out). Selene is starving. Literally. She's a model. One of America's most beautiful people and she hates her life. Capivated by Gone With The Wind since she was little, she's spent her life looking for her Rhett. Then at one photo shoot, she passes out only to awaken in Louisiana ... in the 1830s. Mistaken for a light skinned slave, Selena finds her hero in James and his unconventional life. Who needs One of Sandra Hill's better novels (not that any of them are terrible ... this one just stands out). Selene is starving. Literally. She's a model. One of America's most beautiful people and she hates her life. Capivated by Gone With The Wind since she was little, she's spent her life looking for her Rhett. Then at one photo shoot, she passes out only to awaken in Louisiana ... in the 1830s. Mistaken for a light skinned slave, Selena finds her hero in James and his unconventional life. Who needs who more? A former model who can't stop eating? Or the dour sugar plantation owner who would rather free his slaves than deal with his screwed up family?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brandi Shaffer

    I just love this book! It was a sweet old south time-travel romance book. Set in Louisiana just before the Civil War. A modern woman gets sent back over 160 years in time and finds herself living on an old plantation in the swamps of Louisiana with her own version of Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind. The banter between the main couple is fun to read. Especially all of the blonde jokes! There is some action and mystery as well. Even a little voodoo magic. Oh, and I can't forget the 3 legged r I just love this book! It was a sweet old south time-travel romance book. Set in Louisiana just before the Civil War. A modern woman gets sent back over 160 years in time and finds herself living on an old plantation in the swamps of Louisiana with her own version of Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind. The banter between the main couple is fun to read. Especially all of the blonde jokes! There is some action and mystery as well. Even a little voodoo magic. Oh, and I can't forget the 3 legged rooster Bob! The romance between the couple has so much emotion and steam. Lots of build up and angst as well. I think the love scenes were done pretty well also. I definitely recommend this book to my friends & family! I got lucky finding this little gem at the dollar store for only $3. I would have paid much more for a wonderful book like this!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Man, I was really hoping to like this one...I was drawn in my hopes of a Gone with the Wind theme...which the author could not get any farther from the actual tale. Then came the main characters which were so flawed, annoying, crazy, weird, take your pick. Selene was ridiculous and a hypocrit. She complain about how society treated women but cried when her make up was destroyed. THAT was when I had had enough of this crap. Oh and the little boy in the book, they call him ET??? Just plain stupid. Man, I was really hoping to like this one...I was drawn in my hopes of a Gone with the Wind theme...which the author could not get any farther from the actual tale. Then came the main characters which were so flawed, annoying, crazy, weird, take your pick. Selene was ridiculous and a hypocrit. She complain about how society treated women but cried when her make up was destroyed. THAT was when I had had enough of this crap. Oh and the little boy in the book, they call him ET??? Just plain stupid. OH and I highly doubt a super model has the capability to teach children how to read and write. Waste of time to read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Liala ~ The Goddess of Books ~ Starr

    What can I say, Sandra Hill is one of the most amazing writers I have the privilege of reading. Every time I pick up one of her books I know that I am going to laugh, cry a bit, and eventually smile with the warmth of a wonderful ending. I admire how she takes time-travel and a good historical romance together to make an amazing story. I'm not going to say anything about this story, but if u think that her Vikings were sizzling hot & funny, wait till you read about Selene and James. He can't rem What can I say, Sandra Hill is one of the most amazing writers I have the privilege of reading. Every time I pick up one of her books I know that I am going to laugh, cry a bit, and eventually smile with the warmth of a wonderful ending. I admire how she takes time-travel and a good historical romance together to make an amazing story. I'm not going to say anything about this story, but if u think that her Vikings were sizzling hot & funny, wait till you read about Selene and James. He can't remember what it is to laugh & be happy and Selene knows all to well how to get a rise out of him.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I love, love, LOVE Sandra Hill books...she captivates me with her writing every book and this one was no different. I also love how when you read her books they some of them intertwine with one another. The characters reoccur throughout the books even though the book has a completely different set of main characters. This one had me laughing so hard at Selene amd James through this whole book...plus I learned a LOT of blonde jokes from this book :)

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