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The New York Times bestselling author of Blue Bayou crafts a romantic Civil War adventure on the high seas. Each time Jeannette thought of the Frenchman, she tingled with reluctant delight. He was a mercenary with no morals, no ethics a man of reckless daring. He was the captain of one of the fastest ships on the ocean, and so she made a deal with him. A deal to transportThe New York Times bestselling author of Blue Bayou crafts a romantic Civil War adventure on the high seas. Each time Jeannette thought of the Frenchman, she tingled with reluctant delight. He was a mercenary with no morals, no ethics a man of reckless daring. He was the captain of one of the fastest ships on the ocean, and so she made a deal with him. A deal to transport her cotton and turn it into ammunition and medical supplies for her beloved Confederacy. The Yankees had murdered her husband. Now she wanted to get even. There was one unusual aspect of their arrangement. The Frenchman insisted on making love to her every time he delivered a shipment. And Jeanette could not get him out of her mind or keep her body from remembering."...

Title : Lavender Blue
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ISBN : 9780449129807
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Lavender Blue Reviews

  • Regan Walker
    2019-05-17 04:21

    Love, Civil War and Spies in Texas!The heroine, Jeanette St. John, is a Civil War widow living in Texas in 1862 looking to aid the Confederacy by trading her cotton for weapons she can supply the South. But the only ship’s captain able to run the North’s blockade is a Frenchman named “Kitt, the Frenchman,” operating out of Mexico. And so she goes to see him and agrees to a strange bargain: her virtue for his successful runs of cotton for arms and ammunition. Meanwhile Jen has a childhood friend, now grown into a handsome man and returned from years in France, one Cristobal Cavazos, who would have her think he is a gay fop when he is anything but.When the war draws near Jen’s home in Brownsville, Jen’s sea captain father orders her to the North where he lives, but she has no intention of going. She thrives on the excitement and danger around her. So she talks Cristobal into marrying her—a marriage of convenience where they will live their separate lives. And then the Frenchman, Kitt insists she keeps the terms of their bargain.Of course I knew that Cristobal was Kitt, but even knowing that, I loved watching Jen stumble around doubting the virility of her husband. Cristobal was a great hero and put up with Jen’s snippy overreactions to learning of his assumed identity. The story is intriguing as both Cristobal and Jen take on the role of spy, her for the Confederacy and he for the Juaristas in Mexico. The story reflects Bonds’ considerable research and events of the Civil War in Texas. It’s a story of second chances and love in the middle of tumultuous times and in a tumultuous relationship. And there are some well-written exciting scenes as Cristobal tries to outrun the Union troops. Very enjoyable!

  • Heather
    2019-05-05 01:17

    The heroine, Jeanette St. John, is a strong character with a lot of confidence and determination. She wants to help the Confederacy and honor the memory of her late husband by selling cotton in order to obtain guns and ammunition for the war efforts. She tries portraying a boy, hoping that will help her convince the dreaded French man to help her market her goods, but the French man sees through her disguise and wants more than money for the effort ... he wants her in his bed. To Jeanette's chagrin, she finds that she enjoys his touch and can't get him out of her mind after their initial encounter. She both hates and longs for his company. While she's leading this double life, she relies closely on her childhood friend who is leading a double life of his own... While the story was interesting, I found the actions of some of the characters difficult to digest. The romance between the leading characters wasn't palpable for a good part of the story and some of the scenes were awkward. My biggest challenge with this story was the narration (I listened to the audio version). The flow was difficult to listen to and it felt like someone was sitting there just reading the book out loud (as opposed to taking on the characters and making the story seamless and smooth). Some of the emotions while reading the story were off and made Jeanette seem very dramatic and excitable. The parts where the bird was talking were especially difficult to listen to and the voices the narrator gave when speaking as the characters were not flattering to them.I take no pleasure in proving a less than stellar review for a novel, and I wish very much that I could have given it a better rating, but I my honest review is 2 stars

  • Ann DeFee
    2019-05-06 20:08

    In Lavender Blue Parris Afton Bonds creates a captivating story set in the lush Rio Grande Valley of Texas during the Civil War. She provides intriguing insight into a period of history that's rarely discussed–the importance of Texas in blockade running for the Confederacy and intersects that aspect with the war in Mexico that was running concurrently. Her heroine in this sensual adventure has grit and sass well beyond her time. The hero is a tough but tender blockade runner who has loved our heroine since childhood. As a fifth generation Texan and history buff I couldn't put the book down. As a reader of love stories I highly recommend it!

  • Michelle
    2019-05-21 02:02

    I had to quit this book not too far into it. There were many repetitions that were irritating. "He should have been a lawyer, a politician, a minister. Anything but a planter." Repeated five paragraphs later. In addition the heroine is still in mourning for her husband (the author takes care to state she is in full black), he's been gone less than a year. Yet, she dances all the dances at the ball. Then she decides she wants something from her friend Cristobal, and becomes all flirtatious with him. Ugh!

  • Mandi Morgan
    2019-04-30 00:09

    Very boringI tried my best. I even got to chapter 12. But I just couldn't read this book. Even up to that point I had skipped through the majority of the story. It just didn't hold my attention. I didn't care what happened to the main character. I always finish books even if I find them poor reading. For this one I could not force myself.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-28 04:08

    Reasonably well-written, with interesting characters, but a bit too steamy for my taste, and it deals with some fairly intense issues (rape; miscarriage) on a superficial level. I prefer my literature to either deal with these things with the depth and gravitas they deserve--or to stay clear of them.

  • Jann
    2019-05-12 02:24

    I enjoyed this story of young widow, Jeanette, whose husband, a Confederate soldier, had died after being captured by a Union general. She wants to get even by undermining the Union efforts and smuggling supplies to the Confederates. (to be continued)Problems with continuity - confusion made me flip back to re-read many times.

  • Alisa
    2019-05-17 02:56

    First time reading this author, didn't think I was going to like it but I ended up really enjoying it.

  • Lynda
    2019-05-04 22:22

    I kept reading this book because I was thinking it was going to be a fantastic ending but it was more like blah. Disappointing.

  • Janet Wild
    2019-05-06 03:20

    Disappointing readWhile initially the story read well the development of blackmail by physical submission while tied and blindfolded is not an acceptable norm even when the rapist turns out eventually to be the husband. This is an aspect that is as unnecessary in a work of fiction maybe I find it unacceptable as I have worked hard to support such victims of such cruelty.

  • Alice
    2019-05-21 00:54

    Pretty rape-y. Like almost all of the "love" scenes are rape and it never really addresses it beyond a talking bird that shouts "Rape" periodically. Save yourself.

  • Lilmissmolly
    2019-05-19 02:13

    Lavender Blue by Parris Afton Bonds is a historical romance set during the Civil War in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. This is the first time I've ever listened to a civil war novel set in Texas, which included many references to the war in Mexico. It's very evident that the author knows her history! I really liked the premise of this book, with a strong heroine saving her plantation by transporting cotton and trading it in exchange for medical supplies and ammunition. I also loved the hero who was a French pirate and blockade runner who secretly loved the heroine since her childhood. While I enjoyed many parts of the story, other parts seemed disjointed and didn't flow as naturally. Plus there was this very annoying parrot that would say the strangest things - his comments continuously broke the flow of the story. I listened to the Audible version of this book narrated by Julie S. Halpern who did an admirable job. She had different voices for each character, both male and female, including a way of portraying Kit the pirate in such a way that he sounded very tall, mysterious and handsome. I received a copy of this audio in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lila
    2019-05-15 01:56

    This setting gave me reason to study the maps to get perspective. The tensions were many, as love deepened in the heart. Stubbornness eventually melts.

  • Marcy Clay
    2019-05-01 21:15

    As in most of the books I've read by Bonds, the history appears well researched. Hence, reading her work is a learning experience. I enjoyed this book and would recommend!

  • Sue
    2019-05-25 22:01

    I have the paperback. Read a long time ago. Don't remember much about it w/out re-reading it.

  • Kathleen Ruggio
    2019-05-25 01:06

    Not My FavoriteI had a hard time getting into this book. I pushed through and loved the last third except for the ending being too short. It seemed like a clean sweep to pull the ends together. A Civil War story with spies, double agents and a woman doing what no other southern belle would do for the war effort.