Morgan grew up with her embittered mother in their affluent Trahern House without her father. Both of her parents die and when the will is read, Morgan discovers her late father has bequeathed all his property to her. But there is a condition. Morgan must marry and live with her spouse in New Mexico, which incidentally happens to be her birthplace and the reason for her parent’s separation.
Morgan meets Seth(a suave
young man) at a party and offers him a contractual marriage proposal at
a named fee to which Seth agrees.
Will their marriage remain a mere
marriage of convenience or will it blossom into a real marriage with
both partners falling in love?
is the very first romance novel I’ve ever read and I must confess I was
blown away. Before I read it, I imagined it will be sappy and soppy
like the many telenovelas that are shown on television but the story
felt nothing of the sort. I guess it’s true what they say that ‘Never judge a book by its cover’.
comes across as one who is averse to any relationship with men due to
the ideas(which she seems to confirm as true anytime she has a quarrel
with Seth and for which ironically, Seth also chides her because
according to him, those notions are misplaced stereotypes) she has
gathered from her late mother while growing up. Morgan however seem to
mature from a naive girl into a mature woman through the many heart
wrenching episodes she encounters in her marriage.
Seth at the
beginning of the novel appears to be a young ambitious man who seeks
independence and is not willing to inherit his father’s estate (which
would have fallen to him automatically being the only son of his
parents) but wants to be a self made man and has even left home to start
his own ranch. He is however not much of a lover. Throughout the book,
all his acquaintances and family seem to know that Seth is not one to
fall in love especially with one as Morgan who is plain and
self-effacing. Seth goes through agonizing soul searching in their
marriage and then finally admits to himself that he is in love. This
however does not make their relationship any less easy as they (Seth and
Morgan) each learn to trust each other amid many scandals and
accusations in their relationship.
However, my favorite
character was Gordon (Morgan’s foster cousin) who though in love with
Morgan, decides it is best she remains with Seth and then deliberately
schedules his activities and travels to allow for them to get close to
each other and to fall in love again. He is in my view, the true hero of
The progression of the story beautifully captures the
tensions and emotions of real love and the narration is vivid and
leaves very little to the imagination. On the whole, The Enchanted Land was a good read.
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