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Dreams have been dashed... Antoinette Burney, a more than promising music student, is disappointed and furious when the famous concert pianist Lewis Freemont fails her in an exam. To make matters worse, he tells her forthrightly that she will never make the grade as a professional pianist. Her hopes and dreams of success and notoriety are all destroyed in a single blow. ShDreams have been dashed... Antoinette Burney, a more than promising music student, is disappointed and furious when the famous concert pianist Lewis Freemont fails her in an exam. To make matters worse, he tells her forthrightly that she will never make the grade as a professional pianist. Her hopes and dreams of success and notoriety are all destroyed in a single blow. She doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to forgive him. But it would seem that fate has other ideas and the tables are quickly turned, making Antoinette the innocent cause of the accident that, in destroying Lewis Freemont’s sight, destroys his career as well. Subdued by his debilitating condition and the knowledge that he will never play the piano again, Lewis quickly becomes a shell of his former self. Horrified and remorseful, when Antoinette gets a chance to make some sort of amends — by becoming Lewis’s secretary — she seizes it with both hands. Just when she thought life couldn’t get any more complicated, Antoinette soon finds herself falling in love with the man that only a few weeks ago, she despised. But what will Lewis do when, as inevitably he must, he discovers who she really is? Full of hope and broken dreams, When Love is Blind is a heartfelt tale about never giving up....

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when love is blind Reviews

  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
    2019-01-31 05:32

    3.3 starsThis was recommended to me by Minesha , thank you so much!First off, I want to say, for being first published in 1967, the lack of sexist or racist remarks I girded my loins for, was amazingly absent. So, bravo!But he's inclined to be mocking and a little sardonic about any display of feeling.Moving on, if this hasn't been made into a Lifetime movie, I'm willing to bet it's been the inspiration for one or two. A very quick rundown, heroine is aspiring to be a professional concert pianist but hero fails her at her college final and says some soul shattering comments to her.Hero is a master pianist who heroine loved going to listen to but starts to sort of stalk him after his comments continue to eat at her.In a serendipitous way, she learns where he lives and while walking the road by his house, he almost hits her with his car and crashes. The crash makes him blind and he now needs a secretary with musical knowledge."Don't be quite so reverential," he protested amusedly. "I'm afraid you only know me in a somewhat chastened condition. When I'm under the nervous tension of a professional career I'm quite insufferable, according to many of my acquaintances. I'm afraid it's going to be a shock for anyone as good and civilized as you.""I'm not good!" protested Antoinette. "I'm perfectly horrible sometimes. And---and I've done some things I'm ashamed of.""What, for instance?" he enquired with teasing interest."I couldn't possibly tell you," she exclaimed agitatedly. "As bad as that? You excite my wildest curiosity," he said, laughing. If ever I recover my sight, the first thing I shall do is dig into your interesting past.Our heroine became a secretary after having her dreams crushed by him so she takes the job. They grow closer as she pushes back against his arrogant attitude (all that artistic passion, don't you know!) and tries to hide her identity as the girl who caused his accident. So the girl he blames for his accident is also the one bringing him back to life."Play!" he shouted at her once. "Play! You've got it in you to make music, haven't you? And all you do is push down the keys. You drive me crazy""You drive me crazy too!" She was surprised to find that she too was almost shouting. "I'm not the soloist. I'm just the useful hack pretending to be an orchestra. And stop shouting at me anyway!""I'm sorry," he said stiffly. "No---I'm sorry too!" And then suddenly she laughed at the sheer absurdity of the scene and, as the tension relaxed, she impulsively put her hand over his.The pov is all from the heroine and as usual I missed the hero's perspective but his thoughts and personality were still represented. He's a master at his craft and with that comes arrogance and an artist's temperament, I'm saying he can get a bit harsh and sassy. It never crossed a line for me and the heroine had a tendency to nip it in the butt. The heroine's adoration was a bit hero worship (she's twenty and the hero is 36) but as she worked with him more, they began to develop more of a balanced relationship. Love is declared by the hero around the 50% but again, written in 1967, can't have too much more than some scandalous kissing without declaring yourself.There was a neighbor lady (anyone else think it was alluded to that maybe she had taken care of her husband by nefarious methods and he didn't just skip town? I have a diabolical mind) who obviously wanted the hero, I think they had a previous relationship. The neighbor lady and heroine engaged in some truly inspired classy, subtle, not so subtle, cat fighting. And frankly, because I can't help myself,Nothing remotely like that happens in the book, but Dynasty, y'all. She told herself this was the prerogative of anyone under great nerve-strain and remained unshakably calm and good-tempered, which earned her no more, however, than an irritable, "Do you have to be so insufferably sweet and spineless?""No, not really. Were you spoiling for a fight?"There was a moment of astonished silence. Then he laughed suddenly and asked, "Is that a smile that I hear in your voice?""Yes, of course. You're being rather funny, you know."He drew a long, rather odd sigh of something like relief at that and simply said, "I'm glad you're here. You'll be backstage all the time tonight, won't you?"I'm not sure how much of a spoiler this is, I did mention the Lifetime movie thing, but the hero has another accident that gives him his sight back.So our heroine decides to disappear forever so he doesn't learn that she is in fact the girl he has been loathing and searching for. With help from a main couple from a previous book in the series, they have their big climatic "But why?!" "I love you anyway!". Again, for being written in 1967, this aged magnificently well. If you're looking for a change of pace that centers around music, talented arrogant hero, a heroine that feels like she is 20yrs (a mash of naive, sweetness, needing emotional growth, and obliviousness) then this would be an out of the box pick up. I liked their little interactions and how the heroine and hero communicated, even if their relationship felt a little rushed but at 192pgs, that is to be expected. I've never read a Mary Burchell before, but her writing style will have me on the lookout for more of her books from here on out.Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

  •  ❀ Minesha ❀
    2019-02-08 04:25

    Old school romances have such a delightful wit and charm to it.Such sophistication and maturity to the characters. Ah! When Hero realizes who the Heroine really is, (view spoiler)[he lets go of the past, focusing on what all good she has done for him, rather than holding on to accidents and misunderstandings. (hide spoiler)] Reading such love stories are so much more fun than the 'hair pulling-shoulder grabbing - oh how dare you do such a thing to me' type response to hidden identities.Need I say more? It's filled with a delicious tension that keeps you on your toes.Go enjoy. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • LLC
    2019-01-19 05:17

    Mary Burchell is almost always a good read. Her heroines are always capable, talented and worthy. Altho often as in this case they give in to an impulse to deceive the H for a very worthy cause and then have to deal with the guilt and consequences. Which of course provides the obstacle to the HEA and a reason for the story. This is a great romance. It has just enough angst, it has a marginally evil OW, and has a tender love story with a major obstacle to overcome (her deception).

  • StMargarets
    2019-01-21 03:45

    This is the third in the Warrender series and not a re-read for me. I don't ever remember reading this one. It's a tale of the heroine's lies causing her more harm than good. Since I really have a hard time with lies, I was nervous throughout the whole story, which took away my enjoyment of the budding romance. Still, it's an intriguing set up and one I won't forget.Heroine is a pianist who is told quite brutally by the master pianist hero at her school examination that she played like an "automation" and she would never make it on stage. Heroine is crushed and throws herself into a secretarial course. About six months after quitting music, the heroine starts to go to concerts and she finds herself seeking out the hero's concerts. She quietly stalks him and eventually goes to his manor house out in the country. It's while she is crossing the road that the accident happens. Hero's distinctive white car comes down the lane. She freezes. He swerves to avoid her, skids on a patch of oil, and hits a tree. He is blinded by the impact. Heroine runs for help and then runs away, full of guilt. When her secretarial agency says that the hero will need a secretary who knows about music to help him, she nervously goes to him.(view spoiler)[ Hero is obsessed with finding the girl who he failed and who caused his accident. He goes so far as to ask for the list of names he failed. Heroine retypes the list that had her name on it. Besides lying, the heroine does actually help the hero. She coaxes him to play again and once he realizes he can continue on with his career, he's a lot less moody and a lot more interested in the heroine personally. There's an OW next door who guesses the truth and blackmails the heroine into promising she won't get personal with the hero and will leave as soon as his career is back in order. To do this, the heroine has to lie again and say she's married. Oscar Warrender turns up to offer a series of concerts to the hero and to look penetratingly into the heroine's eyes and uncover the truth. Her secrets are safe with him and he encourages her to pursue her career in music because now that she has suffered, she is a better pianist. The hero does some concerts, runs into a door, blindness is reversed. He realizes who the heroine is - it's okay because he loves her and he's glad she's not really married. HEA(hide spoiler)]It's kind of an opera plot, all told. There are so many coincidences and the great man Oscar Warrender is driven to comment that those love/hate opera scenes of passion aren't as fantastic as real life. I wasn't as sold on it, and I cringed every time the heroine told a lie, but it was still an intriguing read.

  • Leona
    2019-02-08 03:32

    This is a good addition to the Warrender series. Anthea and Oscar play a more prevalent role here than in other books in the series. (Except of course, for their very own story in A Song Begins) Their chemistry is always electric. Every time I get a glimpse of them together, I can't help but smile. Though this is a very compelling read that had me on tenterhooks for most of the book, I only gave it 3 stars. I just couldn't forgive the hero (view spoiler)[ and his obsessive, compulsive hatred for a girl who was simply crossing the road and happened to freeze when she saw his car barreling towards her. He was the one driving. He was the one going too fast. He was the one that lost control. She could have left his sorry as$% to rot, but instead she took responsibility to help him accomplish the impossible. Even though he admitted to loving her, he still blamed her for his accident. The fact that she would always carry that burden didn't bode well for the future.(hide spoiler)]

  • April
    2019-02-14 01:22

    What can I say? I fell in love with the story as well as with the author. I can't believe that I was lucky enough to find this book. I was looking for another authors' book when I typed in the wrong title and found myself staring at the cover. "Hmm...something new I guess" I had thought to myself and decided it would not hurt to give it a go. The short summary sold me and I found myself endlessly looking for a copy of the book. I will say it was one of the best romance story that I have ever read. Toni, short for Antoinette, has always admire Lewis Freemont from far as a fan of his musical talent as she herself plays the piano. Upon meeting him the for the very first time in person, Lewis fails Toni in her music exam, telling her she has no emotion whatsoever in her music, but that does not stop Toni from idolizing Lewis as one of the best pianist, although she decides to give up on her music career. As luck would have it the table are turned when Toni somewhat caused Lewis to lose his eyesite and Toni ends up with an offer to become his secretary, for Toni felt it was only right for her to make amends even though she was not to blame for the accident that caused Lewis to lose his eyesite. Slowly Toni and Lewis finds themselves drawn together in more way than just their love for music. Although Toni knew that Lewis blames her for the accident, which he does not know that she is his secretary, she falls in love with him while trying to bring him back from the depth of despair. Lewis who has lost his eyesite relys heavely on his sense of hearing and feeling to decide who is truly cares for him and for whom he cares for most. I did not cry nor laughed out loud but I found myself falling in love and when a story is able to make me fall in love in such subtle way...well it is a story worth keeping forever.Mary Burchell did a beautiful job with this story by touching upon what Toni felt and how such love can come from a something as delicate as a small touch to the voices of a person. This is a beautiful story and I have no objection to giving it 5 stars.My favoirte line in the story from Lewis to Toni"'s a poor day when I don't have you somewhere around me."

  • Widala
    2019-02-15 23:42

    It's a beautiful love story. For all Lewis's fault, he's a fair man. And it showed in the way he handled Toni's truth. Too bad we didn't get to read his point of view. Maybe he's always been fascinated by her, and his love for her was stronger than any grudges he had.I like how strong Toni was. Yes, she made mistakes and her spiralling down her own web of lies was saddening, but she trudged on first because of her guilt then because of her love.I really like them as a couple.

  • Megzy
    2019-02-01 00:22

    3.5 starsIt has a bit more angst and drama than other books in this series. Still, an enjoyable read. I wondered about his obsession with the girl who caused his accident and if he was attracted to her like a moth to the light as it seems she was. He was seeking her in all his concerts unconsciously afterall!

  • Melantha
    2019-01-21 01:33

    I quite enjoyed this one, even if the hero was (at one point) a little rougher than I would like -- quite mild compared to the some of the later (by later, I of course mean 1975-1983 -- I make it a general rule to never read any Harlequin originally published after 1983) books. I think he was grabbing at the heroine's wrists to prevent her from leaving the room or something, that's all. Such scenes always make me raise my eyebrows a bit -- but not too much, in this case. In any event, after all these months of spice, I find that I'm in the mood for some sugar (and that I generally like a little spice with my sugar, not a little sugar with my spice). So, after going off of bodice-rippers, I am now going off more sex-oriented Harlequins. I am in the mood for a few more books like this one -- books so clean you could eat off them (secular books, that is), and trying to discover some of the older books as well. No doubt I'll being dutifully diving into FORBIDDEN FIRE within the next week or so, however (I can't get enough of jealous heroes).

  • Mayumi Cruz
    2019-02-02 03:20

    Definitely brought me back to my Mills & Boon reading days! The plot is sweet, the language made me feel I'm in England, the characters were both lovable and hateful at appropriate times. I am awed with the musical descriptions, bringing me to heights of intense emotions as though I was inside the concert hall myself, hearing such heart-moving performances. The story started out as a bit dragging but like a piano performance, it was built up until it ascended into a crescendo, that my heart went out to Toni at the last pages of the book. Separating paragraphs could help in further building up story development and reader's responsiveness, though. A story that teaches anew that failures and disappointments in life can make us better persons -- if we but allow it.

  • Erica Matthews
    2019-02-05 04:40

    I enjoy reading older romances from time to time and Mary Burchell seldom disappoints. This was a sweet story about a woman who gets a chance to right a wrong and finds love along the way.

  • elstaffe
    2019-01-26 07:23

    Ah, ye olde category romances.

  • Lisa Bentley
    2019-02-09 23:15

    If you are a fan of the classical romance then When Love is Blind is the book for you. Originally written in 1968, Mary Burchell delivers a story of love. Part Beauty and the Beast part Cyrano de Bergerac, the story focuses on Antoinette Burney; once music student whose career was cruelly ended by Lewis Freemont a concert pianist with too sharp a tongue. Overcoming the animosity due to Lewis Freemont’s sudden blindness, the course of love doesn’t run smoothly.This is only a short novel but it one that has stood the test of time. It has aged beautifully. When Love is Blind is a classic story of love overcoming diversity and I really enjoyed reading it.When Love is Blind by Mary Burchell is available now.For more information regarding Endeavour Press (@EndeavourPress) please visit

  • Samantha Kilford
    2019-02-10 07:31

    I received a copy of When Love is Blind by Endeavour Press on NetGalley in exchange for a review.Nothing quite beats an old school romance, even if it is exceedingly predictable and cliche. Despite anticipating a lot of the drama in When Love is Blind and guessing the outcome, I thoroughly enjoyed it.Perhaps because it offered the perfect piece of escapism from the dreary, political turmoil of the real world and also the endless murder and crime that I had been immersed myself in during Thriller February. There's an air of sophistication to these characters that just isn't around anymore in more modern based novels. I especially loved how Burchell made Antoinette a headstrong and capable female character. With some old fashioned novels, the women can easily get portrayed as quite helpless or as the damsel in distress. Yet, Burchell strayed away from that making Antoinette match Lewis in her talent. She's a capable heroine that I really identified with and loved reading about. She made mistakes and watching her web of lies slowly spiral out of control and tangle was nail biting stuff, but I admired the way she at least tried to make amends for what she'd done and showed genuine remorse.The romance was enchanting. It's dramatic, yes, and it can at times be cheesy. However, I think that's what made me fall in love with it. My adoration for Toni and my gradual appreciation for Lewis, who doesn't start out as the most likeable character, grew quite subtly that I hadn't realised how far invested I was until Toni's job and possible romance with Lewis was at peril. It must be said that despite all of Lewis' faults there is something quite heartwarming about the fact his love for her was stronger than the grudges he held.On the whole, I loved losing myself in this tale and highly recommend it if you're a fan of period pieces. This might be a novel from 1967, but I think it's a lovely romantic story for the ages. Readers who might prefer a more modern take may enjoy Kat French's The Piano Man Project which you can read my musings on it and find more about it here

  • MB (What she read)
    2019-02-07 04:24

    3.5 stars One of the things I'm enjoying most about my new Kindle Unlimited subscription is reading my way through Mary Burchell's Warrender series. These books are vintage-goodies, surprisingly interesting, well written (in a way that makes modern stuff look pathetic), and just long enough to last me a day. I'm very grateful to Dear Author's reviews, (I think) for first pointing me out to the wonders of this mostly forgotten author. Now, on to the next...

  • Maria
    2019-01-17 01:18

    "Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review"This story was first published in 1967 – a half century ago! - and yet it is such an enjoyable romance; and much better than so many books published recently…First of all, it’s very well written. Secondly, it has all the ingredients of a good story: a wounded hero, a well-intentioned and loving heroine ("the good and bad angel") that gets involved in a web of lies and deception, a group of well-rounded secondary characters (antagonizing or supporting the protagonists) and a general weaving of emotions that is very well done.I read this book with the interest and fascination for a good love story, not really bothered by its old-fashioned features – moving an accident victim, for example – and pleasantly surprised by aspects such as the lack of sexist remarks, as Goodreader Kyraryker/WhiskeyintheJar pointed outThere’s lots of drama, some cheesy moments, no sex, no access to the hero’s POV – the story is rather cohesive and coherent in that aspect, proving Mary Burchell’s timeless talent – and overall a delightful story.3.5 starsI'm grateful to the publisher, Endeavour Press and NetGalley for providing a free copy.

  • Jane
    2019-01-23 00:27

    Not one of Mary Burchell's best, this third book in the Warrender Saga was published in 1967. Brilliant pianist Lewis Freemont insults Antoinette's playing and she inadvertently causes the accident that results in his blindness. She ends up working for him as his secretary while struggling to keep secret who she is. There is an evil man-eating neighbor causing trouble as Lewis and Antoinette fall in love and move toward the inevitable conclusion. Burchell's love for music really comes through in this routine romance. Worth a read for true Burchell fans.

  • Jane Irish Nelson
    2019-02-09 04:36

    An old favorite and a good "comfort" read. Antoinette had always wanted to be a concert pianist, so when her hero, Lewis Freemont shattered her dreams she was devastated. Then she became the unwitting cause of an accident that resulted in his blindness. Now all she wants is to make up for her mistake and help him out, so when the chance comes to be his secretary, she takes it. But can she keep her secret, as she grows to care more and more for him?

  • Rongbu
    2019-02-05 03:42

    I enjoyed reading the book. I found the H's obsession with finding "the girl" funny rather than annoying.