Jan 31, 2019

Amelia by Diana Palmer Review

By Diana Palmer
First Released: July 5th, 1993
Re-Issued: December 18th, 2018
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

Amelia Howard cherishes her desert country. The dazzling colors, white heat, and rough sensuality of west Texas stir her very soul. But there’s a serpent in her paradise: King Culhane. A towering sunburned cowboy with silver eyes that miss nothing, he’s a man she’s come to despise—no matter how much she had worshiped him when she was younger.

As her father pushes her to secure a marriage proposal from King’s mild-mannered brother in order to marry into the Culhane dynasty, Amelia assumes the mask of a demure young lady, always correct and obedient. It’s a posture that King holds in contempt. Yet when she reveals the true force of her feelings, she unleashes a smoldering passion that cannot be denied. And everything—propriety, filial duty, even love—will be scorched in the wake of such all-consuming desire.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for the honest and unbiased review*

I love Diana Palmer, she is one of my favorite authors, and I have been reading and collecting her books since I moved to America 15 years ago, as my bookcase can attest to. And legible it seems to be a popular move from authors and publishers, to reissue some of the older books with new artwork, there are some books that that should stay in the past, and unfortunately, Amelia is one of them. 

In the story, Amelia suffers such pain and abuse from her father to the man she ends up marrying, and yet all through this pain and suffering, some of which almost kills her, Amelia is sweet and kind and wants a relationship with the man who hurt her verbally. 

I think in early 1993 when this book was first written, it would have been an excepted troupe, but in 2018/2019 it’s not a good fit. And though I don’t care for this book, it will not stop me from reading more Diana Palmer books in the future. 

I give Amelia 1 star! 

New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer, AKA Susan Spaeth Kyle, was born in Cuthbert, Georgia, the eldest daughter of William and Eloise Spaeth. She and her younger sister, Dannis, were raised in Chamblee, where Susan graduated from Chamblee High School in 1964. The family moved to Cornelia, Georgia, in 1965. Susan married James Kyle in 1972. They have a son, Blayne, who is married to the former Christina Clayton. They are both graduates of Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. They live in Tennessee and have a daughter, Selena Marie Kyle, born in February 2009.

In 1991, Susan returned to college and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, in 1995. She continues to work on her master’s degree in history as time permits. Her first novel as Diana Palmer was published in 1979. She has over 115 novels in print. She has written historical novels as well as contemporary romance and has produced science fiction, with her novel THE MORCAI BATTALION appearing in hardcover in 2007.
Susan’s hobbies are gardening, knitting, crocheting, astronomy, archaeology, and animals. She has dogs, cats, birds, and lizards.

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