Books by LaVyrle Spencer

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The Endearment

In LaVyrle Spencer’s The Endearment, newly-orphaned Anna Reardon arrives in Minnesota to marry a farmer called Karl Lindstrom. She saw his advertisement for a wife, and they’ve been corresponding since then. But Karl is in for a number of nasty surprises, and as a reader, I was cringing on his b ...

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Morning Glory (#25 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March  26, 1998 So often heroes and heroines of romances are larger-than-life characters. Lords, ladies, knights, cowboys, and swashbuckling types in general. There's nothing wrong with that, we all like a little wish fulfillment and fantasy in our r ...

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Family Blessings

LaVyrle Spencer’s Family Blessings is an older woman/younger man romance, which is the reason I picked it up. There aren’t many romance heroines in their 40s, and I’d already read Ms. Spencer’s other May-December pairing, Years, so I looked forward to this story. Although it has its flaws, i ...

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The Fulfillment

This is my first LaVyrle Spencer book and I have a feeling that I started out with the wrong one. This was a difficult book to grade because, while it's not a bad book, it fails completely as a romance. The Fulfillment is really the story of three people, the heroine, her husband and his brother. It ...

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Sweet Memories

Sweet Memories/One Tough Texan is part of a 50th anniversary series by Harlequin showcasing reprints of older books with new books by current authors. In this case, a 1984 Superromance by LaVyrle Spencer, Sweet Memories, is matched with One Tough Texan, a new Superromance by Jan Freed. Maybe it's my ...

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Hummingbird

Hummingbird was LaVyrle Spencer's second novel, first published in 1982. It's a western historical romance featuring a bad boy hero and a prim spinster who bicker and fight and fight and bicker and finally become friends and lovers. Abigail MacKenzie is the town spinster. She is 33 and has sp ...

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Sweet Memories

I love a story with a military flavour, and while this book didn't indicate that there was any military connection on the back blurb, the minute I started reading this book, I was hooked from page 1. This was one of the first LaVyrle Spencer books I read, and rereading it for about the fifteenth tim ...

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Then Came Heaven

If you want a fast paced novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat, don't bother with this one. But if you enjoy a leisurely book that captures the life of a bygone time, you will probably enjoy Then Came Heaven. This is LaVyrle Spencer's last novel and I am going to miss her. She is responsible ...