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Lissa was more attracted to the charming Frenchman Paul de Gue than she had even been to anyone - but still she wasn't quite sure if her feelings for him went deep enough for marriage. So she was glad to accept his invitation to his family chateau so that she could meet his relatives and try to make up her mind about him. Unfortunately this also involved meeting the head of Lissa was more attracted to the charming Frenchman Paul de Gue than she had even been to anyone - but still she wasn't quite sure if her feelings for him went deep enough for marriage. So she was glad to accept his invitation to his family chateau so that she could meet his relatives and try to make up her mind about him. Unfortunately this also involved meeting the head of the family, the austere Comte de Gue, who made it clear that he regarded Lissa as noting but a cheap little gold-digger whom he did not want marrying into his aristocratic family! He couldn't actually stop her marrying Paul, though - so why should Lissa care so much what he thought?


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Lissa was more attracted to the charming Frenchman Paul de Gue than she had even been to anyone - but still she wasn't quite sure if her feelings for him went deep enough for marriage. So she was glad to accept his invitation to his family chateau so that she could meet his relatives and try to make up her mind about him. Unfortunately this also involved meeting the head of Lissa was more attracted to the charming Frenchman Paul de Gue than she had even been to anyone - but still she wasn't quite sure if her feelings for him went deep enough for marriage. So she was glad to accept his invitation to his family chateau so that she could meet his relatives and try to make up her mind about him. Unfortunately this also involved meeting the head of the family, the austere Comte de Gue, who made it clear that he regarded Lissa as noting but a cheap little gold-digger whom he did not want marrying into his aristocratic family! He couldn't actually stop her marrying Paul, though - so why should Lissa care so much what he thought?

30 review for The Garden of Dreams

  1. 5 out of 5

    StMargarets

    Since everyone is doing quarantine podcasts, I thought I'd use that format today. Welcome to my review. This vintage Sara Craven is set in France. The main conflict: English Rose heroine agrees to a fake engagement with the OM because his brother (hero) makes her angry. She regrets the subterfuge when she falls for the hero. Okay, now I'll take questions: Why does the OM need a fake engagement? Because he thinks his older brother wants him to marry an OW for a business merger between their fabri Since everyone is doing quarantine podcasts, I thought I'd use that format today. Welcome to my review. This vintage Sara Craven is set in France. The main conflict: English Rose heroine agrees to a fake engagement with the OM because his brother (hero) makes her angry. She regrets the subterfuge when she falls for the hero. Okay, now I'll take questions: Why does the OM need a fake engagement? Because he thinks his older brother wants him to marry an OW for a business merger between their fabric house and a couture house. What's an English h doing in France anyway? Her godmother is researching a book and heroine is her secretary. The hero had invited the author to examine a diary of one of his ancestors. Why does the hero make the heroine angry? Oh, please you've read these vintage romances before. No, really, why? Because she is sexually attracted to him against her will. Against her will? If you're attracted you're attracted. Not in a vintage story. Besides her pride is hurt. Pride? He accuses her of being a golddigger *and* a high-priced prostitute. What? Why? At the beginning of the story he tracked her down in London when he heard his little brother was going out with a golddigger. He took her out to dinner and then he implied that her invitation for coffee afterward was a booty call. He tore her dress, but stopped when heroine was hysterical. So why would the heroine go to France knowing the hero lived at the chateau they were researching? She didn't know he was related to the OM. He used his title when he introduced himself to her in London. So why is hero so cynical? The usual. Dead first wife was a "wanton. " So what happened in France? Ah. Here are some highlights: -heroine restores grandmother's rose garden -heroine befriends hero's neglected daughter -riding accident for the heroine -evil OW smokes, gossips, plays both brothers against each other -hero has fabric commissioned for a wedding gown Sounds fun. It was. I enjoy a heroine who faints and loses weight and is ready for marriage after three weeks of drama. I also enjoy a hero looking in the mirror with his daughter at his side and realizing his first wife lied about her paternity. No DNA tests needed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dianna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is Sara Craven’s first Mills & Boon! I like to imagine Sara Craven as a bright young romance writing ingenue, all fresh and optimistic and passionately determined to write the best romances with the best plots, and she packs so much plot into this book that she doesn’t disappoint. Beautiful blonde Lissa lives in a one bedroom flat in London with a friend. She’s having a nice fun life and while she could be in a nicer flat she gets to wear nice clothes and go to parties and its all pretty idy This is Sara Craven’s first Mills & Boon! I like to imagine Sara Craven as a bright young romance writing ingenue, all fresh and optimistic and passionately determined to write the best romances with the best plots, and she packs so much plot into this book that she doesn’t disappoint. Beautiful blonde Lissa lives in a one bedroom flat in London with a friend. She’s having a nice fun life and while she could be in a nicer flat she gets to wear nice clothes and go to parties and its all pretty idyllic. Lissa has a job as an assistant for her godmother, who writes historical novels. Her typing/light research/errands job is something fun for her to do until she gets married. I am ok with that – she sort of vaguely mentions that she liked making up stories for children when she was younger, but that’s clearly never going anywhere. She’s very pretty and very charming and middle class and will be excellent at dinner parties. Later, we’ll discover that she is the most incredibly stable heroine of all time: her boss will never sack her, and if she ever needed money her parents are a phone call away. She also seemed to have at least enough emotional intelligence to understand people’s behaviour could be motivated by something other than ‘they are trying to make me feel terrible, and I won’t let them know it’s working!’Her main heroine weakness is to fixate on the OW and once she’s decided she wants the hero, she wastes her time tragically assuming that the OW has won, and she’s lost the hero forever. Lissa is dating French Paul. He works at the embassy and is handsome and charming, but spoiled. Lissa wants a grown-up man who dedicates himself to his work. He’s proposed marriage after six weeks, and while she's flattered, she’s fairly certain she won’t be marrying Paul. He’s not setting her heart a-flutter. Sure, it’s nice that he has a sports car and she gets to go to swanky events and her picture is starting to show up on society pages. But he’s just sent over a big impressive brooch that looks old and suspiciously diamond-encrusted. It’s not appropriate for the status of their relationship. Still, she’s pinning it on her new chiffon dress when Raoul shows up. He introduces himself as Paul’ friend, with a message from Paul, who can’t take her out. Raoul has some ideas for an evening entertainment. And finally, here is a man who does evoke some feels in Lissa’s breast, although she’s not quite sure about him. Still, they end up having a great time, until he turns a passionate kiss into a boob grope and tears her dress. Lissa remembers that she’s sort of with Paul, and it is way too soon in their acquaintance for him to be passionately ripping at her clothes. Save that for the second date, buddy! So she calls him a fiend, and he implies she’s a hooker, and sort of says that he could do sex on her and it wouldn’t be rape because he took her to a show and bought her dinner. Still, he leaves without getting into sexual assault, and poor Lissa is left unsullied to have a good cry about how men suck. Paul has arranged for Lissa’s godmother to visit his mother the Comtesse’s chateau. There will be historic documents to read! Lissa gets to come along too! Sadly there isn’t a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ library, but Lissa does get a white four poster bed, a pink carpet and pink wallpaper. And a view over a rose garden that’s becoming a little overgrown. And it turns out that Raoul is Paul’s older brother and the Comte. There’s also an OW snarling in the background – Dominique. She’s going to be part of a merger deal! Paul is to stop being a brat and start being estate manager at the chateau, and he’s also to marry Dominique! Paul takes Lissa’s rejection pretty well, but manages to persuade her to be his pretend fiancée. Lissa wasn’t going to, but then she eavesdrops on a conversation Raoul is having with some girl on the phone, where it sounds like he’s gloating that he’s managed to make it so Paul won’t marry some tart, and it won’t cost them a cent. Lissa is hurt and angry and wants revenge! This all quite naturally backfires when Dominique switches her attentions to Raoul. Lissa gets to be all wracked with guilt over the deception, and is completely unconvincing as a loving fiancée. But everyone’s fine about it. Sara Craven hasn’t yet decided all heroines must suffer every single character in the book being awful to them, so while the other (nice) characters will occasionally hint to Lissa that they're a little disappointed in her, she gets away with a decent amount of passionate stupidity. There is so much going on. Raoul was married to a horrible woman who died horribly on the way to leaving him for another man. She left behind a daughter she’d told Raoul wasn’t his, and Raoul will have very little to do with the little girl, except to tell her to obey her governess, a woman who has daily headaches and won’t let the girl go outside. Naturally, Lissa fixes all this up. And she fixes up the rose garden too, which was the grandmother’s pride and joy, but has fallen into neglect because the grandmother couldn’t stand Raoul’s wife so she retired to Antibes. In fact the only way Lissa is not perfect wife material is that she has headaches and falls off a horse into a ravine. This is not the way a prospective comtesse should behave, but presumably once she’s having regular sexy times the headaches will all clear up and she won’t dangerously rush off on a horse to get away from the hero. Raoul is such a busy man, what with being a Comte and running a fabric design business and organising a merger and spending time with Dominique and attempting to woo Lissa. She refuses to talk to him! But then, since he mostly attempts conversation when she’s gone to bed with a headache, it’s clear poor Raoul has no idea about proper timing. Raoul’s not a complete idiot – he’s worked out that surprise ninja kissing is an effective strategy, and has also clearly worked out that Lissa isn’t engaged to his brother. His fierce anger and tormented bitterness over his first wife is …. Kind of mild, really. I get that he was supposed to be all tortured for his feelings for Lissa the gold digging tart, but so drawn to her that he had to go in for a snog at every opportunity. But he doesn’t seem to have any turning point in deciding Lissa is the woman of his dreams BEFORE he starts designing the fabric for her wedding dress with his top fabric designer. Raoul seemed to think that all he had to do was make some nice cloth and announce at dinner that he was marrying Lissa and it would all work out from there. Nicole the shy fabric designer, because clearly Sara Craven felt there was no such thing as too many romantic entanglements, was Paul’s childhood friend and in love with him. Paul got slightly seduced by Dominique, and then fell for Lissa when his long suffering family got him sent to London for a while, but for some reason Nicole still likes him. Maybe. She could definitely do better. Finally: smoking is very much in evidence from both sexes. At one stage Lissa turns down a cigarette because she doesn’t want to spoil the taste of the lovely meal she’s just eaten, and doesn’t seem to smoke again. That the heroine smokes at all, though, shows that we’re at some cigarette saturation point, post ‘young ladies don’t smoke because that’s fast’ but pre ‘young ladies don’t smoke because it’s starting to be seen as unhealthy.’ Dominique is clearly a villain because she smokes a brand that smells gross, and Raoul is clearly super suave because he smokes Gauloises. Although I’ve just looked that up, and it seems he was smoking cool lady cigarettes, but maybe this is a subtle signal that he was so comfortable with his masculinity that he could smoke whatever he wanted? So much plot! The five star rating is purely sentimental, because really there’s more shoved in here than is necessary. Still, really enjoyable and the book is worth hunting down if you’re a Sara Craven completist.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    2 1/2 Stars ~ Lissa is a young woman who works for her authoress godmother, helping with research and typing up her manuscripts. In research of French aristocracy, they met Paul de Gue from the French Embassy and with a family history ideally suited for Maggie's next book. Paul had been taking Lissa out for about 6 weeks when he proposed marriage, but Lissa thought it was too soon and that they needed to know one another better. Expecting Paul for an evening out, Lissa is surprised that a strang 2 1/2 Stars ~ Lissa is a young woman who works for her authoress godmother, helping with research and typing up her manuscripts. In research of French aristocracy, they met Paul de Gue from the French Embassy and with a family history ideally suited for Maggie's next book. Paul had been taking Lissa out for about 6 weeks when he proposed marriage, but Lissa thought it was too soon and that they needed to know one another better. Expecting Paul for an evening out, Lissa is surprised that a stranger brings a message that Paul must break their date. The stranger Raoul makes Lissa feel uneasy in the way he looks at her, almost as if he disapproves. When he explains that he too has been stood up by his date for an event party and then the theatre, he suggests as Lissa is all dressed up that they should enjoy the evening together. Impulsively, Lissa agrees and Raoul proves to be a charming partner. When the evening comes to a close, Lissa realizes she's had a bit too much to drink, even so she invites Raoul in for coffee. Raoul takes this as a sign that she's available and he tries to seduce her, and at first, Lissa is willing in his arms until she remembers Paul and returns to her senses. The next day she hears from her godmother, Maggie, that they have been invited to France to stay at Paul's family estate as guests of his brother, the Comte. Paul wants to introduce Lissa as his fiancee but Lissa tells him no, she's going only as Maggie's assistant. Arriving in France, Lissa is immediately enchanted with the de Gue estate, and is shocked to discover that the Comte is Raoul. In company of others, Raoul is a perfect host, and in private, he enjoys goading Lissa. She overhears him on the telephone "that little affair of Paul's has been settled, and I can't see it will cost us a sou,' he said. 'At one time I really thought he was going to throw himself away on the little fool, but I think I have been quite clever." Furious, she finds herself agreeing to be Paul's pretend fiancee, both wishing to thwart Raoul. This is a charming story of two very headstrong people who are instantly attracted to each other but allow misconceptions to cloud their judgements. Burnt by a cheating wife, now dead, Raoul paints Lissa with the same brush, seeing her as a heartless gold-digger. His past unknown to her, Lissa see's Raoul as a "Continental wolf" and a bit of an aristocratic snob. They spark off one another, which leaves Lissa feeling vulnerable and overwhelmed whenever he's near. The story line is actually a good one -- rich man finds himself desiring his brother's fiancee who he thinks is a harlot and gold-digger, and innocent misjudged working girl struggling with her own uncontrollable reaction to the hunky rich man. I found that the story lost it's flow in places, perhaps lacked polish, which is not unexpected for a debut. Ms. Craven created characters I wanted to get to know, and an angsty situation that compelled me to read on to the HEA.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Iris

    The HR cover is by Bern Smith, meh. I prefer it when he includes an aloof hero in the background. I like both the M&B (cover artist TBD) and the French version, cover artist Don Sinclair, better. What are all these very nice people doing in my Sara Craven story? because were it not for the MCs, the cool, astringent heroine and the judgmental aristocratic hero, I'd have been bored silly by this confection of charming characters and description of luxury goods. (view spoiler)[ It starts well, in Lond The HR cover is by Bern Smith, meh. I prefer it when he includes an aloof hero in the background. I like both the M&B (cover artist TBD) and the French version, cover artist Don Sinclair, better. What are all these very nice people doing in my Sara Craven story? because were it not for the MCs, the cool, astringent heroine and the judgmental aristocratic hero, I'd have been bored silly by this confection of charming characters and description of luxury goods. (view spoiler)[ It starts well, in London and Lissa, a secretary for her historical novelist godmother is getting ready to go out with her French boyfriend Paul who's becoming worryingly serious all the sudden, gifting her with jewelry etc. that she plans on returning. Another Frenchman shows up at her door, a tall dark "friend" of Paul's, with a message. Paul can't make it, friend Raoul suggests himself as a replacement for the evening, Lissa hesitates but surely any friend of Paul's....well this friend is Paul's older brother Raoul come to check out the English good time girl who's distracting Paul from his duties at home, and if all goes as planned he'll sleep with her and voilà, Paul will drop her like a hot pomme de terre. They strike hostile sparks off each other the entire evening and between a cocktail party, a drink during the intermission of a play they attend, and Raoul keeping her glass filled with wine at dinner, Lissa is definitely tipsy when he drops her home and drops broad hints that she should make him some coffee—so an appropriately nasty set up for SC's first ever seductus interruptus scene, yay! and she doesn't disappoint. Lissa is hauled into his arms, helplessly responsive to his rough passions, and he kind of forgets himself because he even starts murmuring endearments in French, until he rips the chiffon bodice of her dress and she comes to her senses with a "how dare you", "get out or I'll call the police" and his approximate response? "Hah I could still have you, you easy tramp", and "like you're really going to cry rape? the coppers would never believe you over me when you made me coffee and everything" Still he leaves, and in repudiation of his suggestion that shame will force her silence she tells her roommate the entire story and together they agree that he's a sexy turd and a rotter but at least she'll never see him again. But the story bogs down when she and her godmother are invited to Paul's family estate for research purposes and she meets the head of the family, Comte Raoul De Gue. Lissa's godmother, Raoul's mother, sister, employees, everyone is so pleasant but good god they're in way too many scenes. I wanted more of Raoul being jerkish, coldly hot, blowing smoke rings and making dumb plans. SC's inexperience shows here. She sets up great scenes between H and h: Raoul knocking quietly on her bedroom door wanting to "talk", Raoul offering to carry her to her room when she has a headache, but they fizzle out when Lissa refuses to engage. Me—I was chanting "let him in" "let him in" Because Raoul and Lissa really did have great chemistry and every scene they were in together worked for me, even the ridiculous one where he bitterly describes his first marriage to a status grasping wanton, the dead mother of the daughter he treats with indifference, who he married because she wouldn't sleep with him until he put a ring on it. Why sex as a motive is somehow purer than money I'll never understand but I laughed in mean glee when he reveals he was on his knees thanking wife #1 for his daughter when she claimed there were four men whose daughter she could be but Raoul wasn't one of them! SC heroes are so often crap parents and guardians but you can't hold that against a child and stay entirely in my good books nor in Lissa's—she was strong in forcing him to examine his treatment of his sweet and lonely daughter Francoise. An early glimpse of my favorite SC hero trait was also satisfying. Raoul was shocked that Lissa and her friend—mere peasants—would dare to discuss his actions in London as though they were misdeeds and imply he was just a sleazy "continental wolf". But in what becomes something of a signature for SC's best heroes—when the heroine expects rage—he suddenly laughs, genuinely rather than mockingly, in surprise and piqued interest. Leaving me certain they'll have a relationship based on liking as well as love. Eventually. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 5 out of 5

    sbf20112011

    Somewhat boring older HP. Hard to see how the heroine fell in love with the hero when all they did was fight/argue/threaten each other. Very little romantic action. Also, it's completely unclear how/why/if the hero ever revised his opinion that the heroine was a gold-digging member of the "permissive society." Somewhat boring older HP. Hard to see how the heroine fell in love with the hero when all they did was fight/argue/threaten each other. Very little romantic action. Also, it's completely unclear how/why/if the hero ever revised his opinion that the heroine was a gold-digging member of the "permissive society."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Arlene

    Haven't read a romance book in quite a while. Nice story. Haven't read a romance book in quite a while. Nice story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shallowreader VaVeros

    It was OK.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Widala

    3.5 stars. It's very good, I must say. I like the roller coaster ride of Lissa's emotions. The story flowed easily, the side characters and the conversations were interesting. I just don't really get the romance, especially from Raoul side. He kept insisting that Lissa was not a good girl but suddenly he commissioned a weddings dress for her, and even then kept treating her somewhat bitter. And he didn't really make himself clear of what really changed his opinions about her. I don't know, someti 3.5 stars. It's very good, I must say. I like the roller coaster ride of Lissa's emotions. The story flowed easily, the side characters and the conversations were interesting. I just don't really get the romance, especially from Raoul side. He kept insisting that Lissa was not a good girl but suddenly he commissioned a weddings dress for her, and even then kept treating her somewhat bitter. And he didn't really make himself clear of what really changed his opinions about her. I don't know, sometimes it's hard to follow the mind of these sexy billionaire with elusive past heroes.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bukola

    I don't understand the attraction. The H was so annoying and the h was so easy to goad. Didn't like this one. The end was rushed too. I feel the H didn't grovel enough. Just two pages of pleading and proposal #lame# I don't understand the attraction. The H was so annoying and the h was so easy to goad. Didn't like this one. The end was rushed too. I feel the H didn't grovel enough. Just two pages of pleading and proposal #lame#

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Just OK. I liked the story and the characters but we don't see the romance develop. One minute he's shouting and threatening her and a week or two later asking her to marry him. Other than sexual attraction there's nothing to generate such an emotional turnaround. Just OK. I liked the story and the characters but we don't see the romance develop. One minute he's shouting and threatening her and a week or two later asking her to marry him. Other than sexual attraction there's nothing to generate such an emotional turnaround.

  11. 4 out of 5

    أجمل زهرة

    رواية اخر الاحلام من عبير

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Smith

    SYNOPSIS: Lissa was more attracted to the charming Frenchman Paul de Gue than she had even been to anyone - but still she wasn't quite sure if her feelings for him went deep enough for marriage. So she was glad to accept his invitation to his family chateau so that she could meet his relatives and try to make up her mind about him. Unfortunately this also involved meeting the head of the family, the austere Comte de Gue, who made it clear that he regarded Lissa as noting but a cheap little gold-di SYNOPSIS: Lissa was more attracted to the charming Frenchman Paul de Gue than she had even been to anyone - but still she wasn't quite sure if her feelings for him went deep enough for marriage. So she was glad to accept his invitation to his family chateau so that she could meet his relatives and try to make up her mind about him. Unfortunately this also involved meeting the head of the family, the austere Comte de Gue, who made it clear that he regarded Lissa as noting but a cheap little gold-digger whom he did not want marrying into his aristocratic family! He couldn't actually stop her marrying Paul, though - so why should Lissa care so much what he thought?

  13. 4 out of 5

    RomLibrary

    Lissa Fairfax wasn't quite sure whether she wanted to marry the attractive Frenchman, Paul de Gue. So she gladly accepted his invitation to visit the family chateau and meet his relatives. Unfortunately this also involved meeting the austere Comte Raoul de Gue. He made it clear the he did not want Lissa marring into the family! Lissa Fairfax wasn't quite sure whether she wanted to marry the attractive Frenchman, Paul de Gue. So she gladly accepted his invitation to visit the family chateau and meet his relatives. Unfortunately this also involved meeting the austere Comte Raoul de Gue. He made it clear the he did not want Lissa marring into the family!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Dixon

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sam Elmis

  16. 4 out of 5

    Xena

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gillian Wheatley

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hekait_noor

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julie Henke

  21. 4 out of 5

    JACQULINE DENISE JACKSON

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sucharita

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tia

  24. 5 out of 5

    Frances Gray Tomordy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kay

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gigi

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tokka Fouad

  29. 5 out of 5

    Onyx

  30. 5 out of 5

    سماح عطية

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