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ISBN:
0804118272
Author:
Candice Proctor
Category:
Historical
Language:
English
Publisher:
Ivy Books (March 28, 1998)
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Rating:
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Candice Proctor can write every bit as well as her sister and I have loved both books that I've read by her.

Bequest Mass Market Paperback. Candice Proctor is a wonderful author of deep historical romances and her stories set in Australia are awesome. This is the second book that I've tried by Candice Proctor

Bequest Mass Market Paperback. Whispers of Heaven Mass Market Paperback. This is a bit lighter fare I think but nonetheless a good, historically accurate medieval romance full of knights and the battles that characterized the end of King Henry II's reign. I enjoyed the setting (12th century Normandy). This is the second book that I've tried by Candice Proctor. And I have to say, it was well written and I can see why so many people loved it. But I'm not one of them.

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Your mother could handle men better than anyone I've ever met. She knew exactly what she was doing.

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1998) A novel by Candice Proctor. When Gabrielle Antoine arrives in the rough mining town, the convent-bred beauty is shocked by the decadence she finds there-and stunned to learn she has just inherited a bordello from the mother she never knew. Worse, her mother's business partner, Jordan Hays-a rugged, cynical loner-embodies everything Gabrielle fears. and secretly desires.

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Author of Whispers of heaven, Women, equality, and the French Revolution, The bequest, Midnight confessions, Whispers of heaven .

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"Your mother could handle men better than anyone I've ever met. She knew exactly what she was doing. You don't."        "I can learn."        "Can you?" He came at her with that lean-hipped walk she found so intimidatingly masculine. "What are you going to do the first time a man stalks up to you and puts his hand on you like this?"        At his touch she went rigid and sucked in an audible gasp of air. "What if he backs you up against a wall?" He pinned her against the soft velvet of the door curtain.        "You have made your point, Mr. Hays. . . ."                THE BEQUESTWhen Gabrielle Antoine arrives in the rough mining town, the convent-bred beauty is shocked by the decadence she finds there--and stunned to learn she has just inherited a bordello from the mother she never knew. Worse, her mother's business partner, Jordan Hays--a rugged, cynical loner--embodies everything Gabrielle fears . . . and secretly desires. Determined to transform the house of ill repute into an honorable enterprise, Gabrielle soon locks horns with an unscrupulous rival. And as Jordan seeks to shield her from this unexpected danger, Gabrielle finds herself swept away by a passion as tempting as sin itself. . . .
  • HeonIc
Set in Central City, Colorado in 1874, this story of the post Civil War west makes for a most interesting romance. Proctor writes exceptionally well and the story will definitely hold your attention. There is lots of action, mystery and a love that will tear at your heart. If you've ever love a man who couldn't return your love because of his haunted past, this one's for you.

Gabrielle Antoine has been raised in a New Orleans convent, believing she is an orphan. Her dream is to one day have a school for girls. Then one day, as a young woman, she finds out her mother only recently died and has left her a house and a business in Colorado. Gabrielle is most curious and decides to go there to learn more about her mother. It turns out the house and business are the same--a brothel--and her mother was the madam who, while still a beautiful woman at 40, was murdered. Once in Colorado, Gabrielle meets her mother's business partner, a tough ex-Confederate officer and former Texas Ranger named Jordan Hays, whose brothers died in the war and whose pregnant wife was raped and murdered by Union soldiers. He is one cold guy, but he can also be charming and he charms Gabrielle. An innocent virgin, Jordan tells her he will take her innocence and leave her with less than she had when he leaves as he intends to do. He has no desire to marry again. He thinks it will be easy to take her and ruin her. It is and he does. Gee, what a good guy (not!). Gabrielle's one fear is becoming like her mother...and it seems Jordan is willing to help her down that path. Then comes a bad guy who wants the brothel to add to his kingdom, and he doesn't care who he has to corrupt or murder to get it.

There are wonderful secondary characters, the prostitutes in the bordello, their children and the villains (and there are more than one!). As Gabrielle develops a heart for the women and their children, so will you. We are all a product of our pasts and these women had very difficult pasts.

Though Proctor lives in Australia, she writes about Colorado as if she had been a long time resident. Her descriptions of the natural beauty of the place are quite accurate and well done. She is a master storyteller. Suddenly, you are back in the west of the 19th century when people were trying to carve a life for themselves out of the rugged terrain and difficult circumstances.

I recommend this one!
  • Nalmetus
I really enjoyed this book considering that I never heard of this writer. I could actually picture the characters, this book is worth reading again and will be added to my library.
  • Bad Sunny
This is a romance written like historical fiction. Easy to read and very entertaining.
  • Glei
Beautiful story of heartfelt love - nice characters - deep-felt told
  • Venemarr
3.5 stars

Candice Proctor wrote a limited number of historical romances that were first published in the late 1990s or a little later. A sister of Penelope Williamson (THE OUTSIDER), she did a good job with writing about the 'dark hero'. Someone who had secrets and who, initially, may not be the easiest person to like. My favorite stories of hers are NIGHT IN EDEN with SEPTEMBER MOON a close second. I was hoping this book would be on par with those.

Gabrielle Antoine, a twenty-year-old, had lived at a parochial school run by nuns in New Orleans, Louisiana in the latter 1800's. She was under the impression, for years, that she was an orphan when a letter arrived. She learned that her mother had recently passed and she had part-ownership of a brothel in Colorado. And so, her adventure began.

Gabrielle was naive but kind. These mannerisms shined in her life. She meant well even if others were flustered with her way of thinking. Jordan Hays, her mother's partner, was first in line. He had baggage from years past but Gabrielle was like a light switch. He wanted her to leave -or stay- depending on his frame of mind. Yes, no, then maybe-so, he couldn't seem to make up his mind. But a relationship developed between the two.

I cared about this couple but I had a problem with Jordan's constant reminder of his leaving. He had no intention of staying after he'd seen to Gabrielle's safety. No matter what happened between them. I also wanted the author to explore more of the secondary characters. I was intrigued with Sirena, the half-Apache, half-white prostitute with a knife always strapped to her leg. And then there was the quiet giant Wing Tsue, son of a Chinese joy girl and black-skinned miner. Lastly, Youngmi, who was sold by a family member into this tragic lifestyle. You knew that none of them had chosen what they had become. The hypocritical townspeople, with many of the men partaking of the brothel while sitting in church on Sundays, irked me to no end. At a whopping 401 pages, this romance would have been better if Jordan had smartened up sooner than he did.
  • Vosho
Wow! Penelope Williamson is one of my favorite authors.......she writes with such depth and emotion...never shying away from pain, hardship, or "life". I didn't think I'd ever read anything that could match her.....but guess what.....SHE HAS A SISTER!

Candice Proctor can write every bit as well as her sister and I have loved both books that I've read by her. Night in Eden is one of my all time favorites, so The Bequest didn't quite live up to the brilliance of her debut novel, but it sure came close!

The Bequest is set in Central City Colorado in the year 1874. It reads like a western.... hired guns, saloons, brothels...you name it this one's got it! Many others have done wonderfully with their synopsis's, so I'll just give my two cents!

The hero and heroine MAKE this story GREAT! He is a wounded soul that is hardened and cynical from loss. She is an innocent, raised in a convent, optimistic and hope-filled. She teaches him to have the courage to love again, and he teaches her about the hard reality of life and what her Body was made for....HIM!

The brothel scenes were descriptive but not crude, the girls from the brothel came to life, each having their own story and the villain in this story was "evil incarnate". The love story between Gabrielle and Jordan is the foundation of this story that is laced with mystery, intrigue, and a stunning conclusion....I recommend this book and this author HIGHLY.

Also check out her sister Penelope Williamson....The Outsider is my favorite of hers!