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This is an alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B01EPA28DW.A REGENCY ROMANCE WITH A DIFFERENCE It is 1803, the regency of Prince John of Portugal, a man who never wanted to reign. Clara Moreira Tavares must marry well; her mother tells her that is why she was born beautiful. But Clara knows who her husband must be: Gabriel Almada de Castro, the second son of the Marquis de VaThis is an alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B01EPA28DW.A REGENCY ROMANCE WITH A DIFFERENCE It is 1803, the regency of Prince John of Portugal, a man who never wanted to reign. Clara Moreira Tavares must marry well; her mother tells her that is why she was born beautiful. But Clara knows who her husband must be: Gabriel Almada de Castro, the second son of the Marquis de Vargas. When the Marquis disinherits proud Gabriel for loving Clara, she must refuse his proposal, convinced that they will not be able to make their way in the world. Gabriel disappears without a word. Four years later Napoleon is about to invade Portugal, and the regent decides to flee with his court to the biggest of his colonies, Brazil. Clara and her family go with him, to an entirely new life in a wild, untamed country. In Rio de Janeiro she meets Gabriel again, to find that she still loves him. This time she accepts his proposal: he has managed to amass a fortune in a very short time. Gabriel and Clara embark toward his vast land in the interior, but a letter sent from Lisbon will shatter their happiness, and an abyss will open between husband and wife. A Regency Romance in which passion matters a lot more than manners....

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  • Sheila Majczan
    2019-02-27 00:38

    43 reviews with 93% being 5 stars on Amazon is what convinced me to purchase this book when it was on sale for $.99. I rarely read outside of JAFF but this was one of those occasions. The book does need editing. The story reminded me of a parable: reading about lessons of trust, loyalty, forgiveness, enduring love and honor were themes throughout told over a number of years during which love was recognized, lovers separated and then found but with many ideas and misconceptions about the more mature character of each other and even the knowledge or lack of such about what the other had experienced. Both made judgments and decisions which were not always understood and which had reactions or consequences of the severest nature.This author chose to throw in a vast amount of history: much about a period in Portugal's history, Brazil's settlement, the slave trade and the intermingling of classes with natives and various European cultures mixing. We read about the native fruits, plants and animals and their use and about mineral resources and their mining. At times the story seemed to drag as we slough through the hardships of traveling over sea with limited diets and crowded ships and storms at sea. Religion plays a big part in the relationship between Clara and Gabriel; she adheres strictly to a literal interpretation of commandments the church endorses while he has rejected his religion. His father literally threw him out of this house when he announced his plans to propose while she, in shock at his now being disinherited and her head full of tales of poverty from her mother, rejects him.He makes his way to Brazil where even with an almost fatal event he triumphs to become wealthy. This is a man who acts with honor but also who has reasons not to trust. Clara has rejected suitor after suitor; even one her own mother allows to "court" her during a compromising scene. But the Court of which her father is a member immigrates to Brazil due to the political crisis in Portugal and it is in Brazil that our would-be-lovers meet again.You know what they say about eavesdropping: Gabriel happens to overhear Clara say to her mother that there will be enough money now for everything and puts the worst interpretation on that. Clara hears a toddler call Gabriel her papa and does the same. Then a letter arrives from one of Clara's old beaus. Disaster after disaster befall this couple and occur in this story. Will they ever find peace and acceptance between them?An aside: The "innocence" of one young bride as to what is natural and what is lust made me shake my head. It was not a part of the story which read as things expected. But you may read this through KU and make your own decisions. I did read it in about a half a day.

  • Regan Walker
    2019-03-03 22:17

    4 and ½ Stars - Love & Danger in 19th Century BrazilSet in the early 19th century, beginning in 1803 in the regency of Prince John of Portugal, this is the story of Clara Moreira Tavares whose domineering mother tells her she must marry title and money. But Clara wants only Gabriel Almada de Castro, the younger son of the Marquis de Vargas. When the marquis disinherits Gabriel for his choice of Clara, at the urging of her parents, she refuses his proposal and he disappears.Four years later Napoleon is about to invade Portugal and the regent decides to flee with his court to Brazil. Clara and her family go with him, to find a new life. Meanwhile, Gabriel has been busy amassing wealth in that same country and, betrayed by his partners, is suspicious of everyone.In Rio, Clara again meets Gabriel and, this time when he proposes, she accepts. Married, they move to the interior where he has vast lands. When a letter arrives describing Clara as having been the lover of a former suitor, Gabriel believes the lie even when the evidence suggests otherwise (among other things, she was a virgin on their wedding night).Notwithstanding his past, Gabriel’s behavior seemed a bit inconsistent with his “deep love” for Clara. She acts the saint and continues to be the perfect lady, reigning over Gabriel’s estate and winning his people’s affection, in one case, too much affection, which endangers them all. Much happens in their on and off again love, the dialog well written.As with the first book I read by this author, it took me some time to get used to her style of writing. She uses mostly narrative to “tell” the story with the heroine as the primary storyteller. But the writing is good and there are some very exciting scenes. And the setting is certainly exotic. For those looking for the unusual in romance, I recommend it!

  • Anwella
    2019-02-19 23:19

    Just came out and I was waiting. What an amazing ride this book is! From Lisbon to Brazil, with Napoleon invading Portugal and the prince escaping. Amazing characters once more, and strong, strong emotions.A woman who is full of spirit, and a man who is proud and has a lot of attitude: wow, what a match for each other! And the author really knows how to make us (and them) wait for just the right moment, you will see what I mean! I wanted so badly to know what happened but at the same time I didn’t want it to end.

  • Christy Baker Knight
    2019-03-03 19:37

    I finished reading The Abyss by Lara Blunte this weekend and let me tell you it is a heart-wrenching romance and epic adventure rolled into one. The story takes place from Lisbon to Rio during a time when who you married was all a woman was supposed to focus on, but between the daring suitor who defies his family and the upheaval of the world she knows, Clara's life is much more about essence than etiquette.The Abyss is a dazzling page turner in Lara Blunte's classic style that is smooth as silk. Spinning a web of lies, deception and just-out-of-reach romance, Blunte satisfies the reader with sexy details that bring the romance to fruition. The lush historical setting of colonial Rio is painstakingly researched and painted with such vivid imagery, and the characters, Clara and Gabriel, bring out the best and absolute worst in each other, even at the brink of life and death. Without giving away too much of the ending, I'll just say you won't want to miss the river scene that signifies the tumultuous quality of this dysfunctional relationship or the aching that comes from lost love returned.

  • Ana Simons
    2019-02-18 18:18

    "A Regency Romance in which passion matters a lot more than manners." The Abyss is a different regency romance for sure! Lara is an absolutely brilliant story-teller, with a superb narrative craft. I've read all her works and, again, with The Abyss she does not disappoint. On the contrary. She does not only present you with a rich and historically authentic setting, but she also weaves it masterfully with an engaging love story that starts in Portugal, under the regency of Prince John in the context of the Napoleonic attempts to occupy the country,  and crosses the Atlantic to discover a new and untamed land in the interior of Brazil.  I have known this author to have light and even funny moments, but through her novels you will always find a lot of passion, and this is no different. I loved the description of the crossing at sea, and the reuniting of the lovers only for them to find the abyss of the title between them. I won't say more, just read it. I couldn't put it down! Highly recommended.

  • Maya
    2019-03-05 01:28

    Fantastic Read!This book... I can't even put it into words. I bought it on sale, and put off reading it for a while, but it turns out that was a terrible mistake! The writing style is unique and beautiful, and the plot line is perfect. It made me laugh, smile, and even cry at the end. (like, a lot. Think giant, sobbing mess) This book is definitely 100% recommended, and you would be missing out on a lot of heart wrenching tears if you didn't buy it. But, like, good heart wrenching tears. Good ones.

  • Helen Graul
    2019-03-01 00:34

    The Abyss, by Lara Blunte, held my attention from beginning to end! I couldn’t put it down!! This book is filled with romance and exceptionally well-researched historical facts about the time period. Her main, and other supporting characters had me really caught up in their story. She literally captures Clara and Gabriel’s emotions and involved this reader in every part of this wonderful story! From Lisbon to Rio, Lara Blunte has truly outdone herself with this wonderful historical romance!I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Linda Pring
    2019-03-03 20:17

    No typical romanceI love that in this story, there were actual hard struggles, you can feel the heartache, frustration, and conflict. Was not your cliche love stories with a simple misunderstood problem, it was complicated messiness that the author pieced back together perfectly. Very good story.

  • Laura Moore
    2019-03-06 21:37

    Mightily satisfyingRomance, action, and lessons on living well. This book was hard to put down. A classic tale, well executed and left me smiling.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-12 23:22

    I really liked another of Bluntes books but didn't like this one very much. Just too much Drama and one bad thing after another got old. Good heavens the Drama. I gave this 2 stars maybe 3 because I did finish it but what a mess. I had to see if these two could actually make it, I was almost routing for them not too. Give each other a rest already and just go find someone else to love good heavens. This had a great plot and scenery and some side characters that could have been more developed. This book just drove me a little crazy for many reasons. The writing style was different and I liked it at first but the longer this drug on the less I liked it. I liked her other book To Be King a lot more. This had some sex scenes in it that were not too detailed and short. It had crude sexual humor in one part. There was talk of God and being religious, but I would not call this a Christian book. There was a lot of violence, killing and slavery and revenge and people shooting people. Talk if sex throughout the book, it seemed to be one of the main themes of this book.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-04 19:37

    Great storyInteresting story with multi dimensional characters. Gabriel should never have believed what he did but then again we wouldn't have the plot of the book. I just wish it hadn't taken them so long to find their HEA (not reading the story wise, but in book character time).

  • Monyardda Gibson
    2019-03-06 17:13

    Awesome sauce This book ended to fast or my reading speed has increased because this book was amazing. I loved the suspense and the story that lead to such a beautiful ending. Will there be a part two?

  • Sherrie Davis
    2019-03-15 19:21

    Yes...good read

  • Rachel
    2019-03-12 20:34

    Well written, with lush details and well-rounded characters. I like the unusual setting--Portugal and then Brazil.However, the book gets a bit long and stretches my credulity a few times with the hero's miraculous recoveries. I'm also less than fond of how the ending borrows so heavily from Jane Eyre.

  • Cindy Woods
    2019-03-17 22:21

    Hard to read but goodI found myself angry as I read on. Bringing out such feelings while reading a good book is like almost crying listening to an aria! This is a really good book! It has several grammatical errors, but well worth the effort to finish it.This is a story about misunderstandings from start to finish. Usually too much angst seems tedious to me...but it isn't like that at all. It has three very strong characters, and pride seems to be their worst enemy. The romance never dies.I would very much recommend this book to others.

  • VL Chip Meador
    2019-03-09 18:17

    Was not a favorite of mineWhile the characters on the whole are nicely developed I am not a fan of the dark psychotic persona. Too much suspicion and mistrust for my taste, and heaven forbid the number of misfortunes that befall the main character. If was like the writer was under contract for #### pages and the story line just had to suffer through it. Well I don't plan to suffer any more. Good background development but too much of a "bad" thing.

  • Anna
    2019-03-19 23:42

    2.5 stars. I did not enjoy the BIG "misunderstanding" that Gabriel believed about Clara for about half of the book, in which one particular rumor did not seem plausible, causing me to lose some interest (and patience) during the story. I did appreciate learning about the historical aspects of Brazil, with the Portuguese settlers living with the native Indians and Africans, especially with the Olympics in Rio now taking place.

  • Verity
    2019-03-16 22:36

    Passion and pride in Brazil A happily ever after romance which takes place in early 19th century Brazil. I especially liked the pieces of history inserted in this tempestuous romance. So many period romances are based in England as if the Napoleonic wars didn't affect other countries. This story fills in some more of the details while doing a beautiful job of describing the lush landscape of a country many know very little about.

  • Jill
    2019-02-22 22:14

    Great BookI really enjoyed reading about Brazil and her warm and loving people. I know first hand that the people truly are like this book portrays them. I've been there several times and the people are so gracious and welcoming. The story was also very good - full of drama and emotion. It's interesting how stubborn and full of pride some people can be!

  • elaine m. suda
    2019-03-06 23:16

    Love Covers AllThank you for a heartmoving story. I thought it a shame that Gabriel believed the lies of others and not the truth of his wife, Clara. Gabriel really turned a bad situation into a wonderful life. He truly put others first and was ultimately blessed for it. Clara and he were truly soulmates. I look forward to reading more of your work.

  • Mary
    2019-03-03 21:25

    Especially enjoyed the settingThe plot and characters worked well and were easy to empathize with. Would be stronger, I think, with more of the interactions shown through more dialogue inserted rather than description. The description and "thought" passages were well done, but I would have liked more conversation. I do recommend, especially for a more unusual location.

  • Cathi
    2019-03-15 22:22

    So fun to read this book while the Olympics are happening in Rio. I don't know how much of the "history" in the book is accurate, but it's certainly fascinating to see how the cultures blended to produce the country of Brazil we see now. As to the story it's the classic pig-headed refuse to listen to anyone hero, but this time the heroine has a spine and takes the high road.

  • Patricia Schuette
    2019-02-18 18:31

    The AbyssThis was an interesting story about a romance between a daughter of a couple who were of a merchant class and a Marquis in Portugal at the time just before Napoleon's invasion. Because his father disowned him, if he married the girl, Gabriel fled to Brazil. Years later as Clara and her parents also fled to Brazil to escape Napoleon they meet again.

  • Kim
    2019-03-05 22:32

    I received this book in exchange for my honest review. I so loved this book and the characters and story line Lara used. You will love reading about Gabriel and Clara and the trials they go through for their love. This is a very interesting love but what could come between husband and wife as they have set on their adventure together.

  • Miki
    2019-02-25 23:23

    An amazing taleThis book has interwoven plots and the author keeps one enthralled . The descriptions of the early Brazil were very interesting and the characters are very much multi-dimensional. One truly doesn't want to put it down.

  • Tisha
    2019-03-03 21:32

    Ok story lineThis book was a pretty clean read and had a goo story line. The writing seemed so distant and written like a movie. The characters were well thought out, but I like to have more emotion and depth to them.

  • Toni Mariani
    2019-03-08 21:36

    Pride goes before a fall!Those words were written in the only holy book inspired by God, and they are true and fitting in this lovely work of Ms. Blunte's! Pride can destroy the most wonderful relationships, and almost did, here. I love that she did not allow it to win.

  • Lizzy
    2019-03-17 00:35

    I am amazed at wonderful this book is- wow!There was love, suspense, believable characters and knowledge about the times and places.I feel like this book will remain with me for quite a while!Gonna read all of her books-Yea!!

  • troie roy
    2019-03-03 00:31

    Historystrong characters. good story line. the chance for better detail of the country was missedI wanted to know more about the lifestyles of the people who settled there

  • Becky Broussard
    2019-02-24 19:34

    Great read4 stars....very entertaining...great story of love found, lost and found again. The characters were very well portrayed. A page Turner.