My Love, My Enemy

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  • Title: My Love, My Enemy
  • Author: Jan Cox Speas
  • ISBN: 9780380018697
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Played against the exciting background of the War of 1812, My Love, My Enemy ranges in colorful setting from Annapolis and Washington to Bermuda, Europe and the high seasd has for its central character a most appealing and impulsive heroine.The trouble started with Page Bradley s determination to risk the British blockade and steal a ride aboard her father s boat to APlayed against the exciting background of the War of 1812, My Love, My Enemy ranges in colorful setting from Annapolis and Washington to Bermuda, Europe and the high seasd has for its central character a most appealing and impulsive heroine.The trouble started with Page Bradley s determination to risk the British blockade and steal a ride aboard her father s boat to Annapolis Once in town, she could hardly have stood quietly by while a mob of angry seamen prepared to lynch the handsome young Englishman It was only natural to intervene, claiming the stranger as an expected guest of her father.Perhaps all still would have been well if, on its return home, the Bradley sloop had not been captured by a British frigate It was small consolation then for Page to learn that the man she had rescued was not only a nobleman, Lord Hazard, but a possible English spy.In the following months Page than satisfied her taste for adventure When she finally found herself trapped aboard a warlike vessel, bound for a distant foreign shore, and in love with one of the enemy, she had ample reason to regret her recklessness.

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    About "Jan Cox Speas"

    1. Jan Cox Speas

      From here Jan Cox Speas was born November 5, 1925 in Raleigh, North Carolina She attended the Women s College of the University of North Carolina women could not go to UNC Chapel Hill until junior year from1942 46, where she studied creative writing under Hiram Hayden UNC had a special association with Jan s family her mother, Francis Howard Cox, who had studied as a high schooler at home in tiny Richlands, NC, was the first in the family to come to the college, taking the train in 1914 to Greensboro to study to be a teacher, and years later Jan s daughter, Cindy, attended UNC Chapel Hill in the first year freshmen women were allowed to enroll.Near the end of the war Jan met and married John Speas on his return from the European theater Their first child, Cindy, was born in 1948, right after John graduated from Colorado State University.After several years of traveling, the Speas family settled back in Greensboro in 1954 to be near Jan s mother, who suffered from chronic ill health During that time Jan wrote multiple short stories for the widely read slick magazine market, including The Post, Ladies Home Journal, McCall s, Cosmopolitan, and others.Cindy Speas recalls, Mom learned to write from reading and that s what we did as a family every night Jan s favorite authors included Daphne DuMaurier, Mary Stewart, Nevil Shute, Elswyth Thane, Inglis Fletcher, Helen MacInnis, Elisabeth Ogilvie, Elizabeth Goudge, Dorothy Sayer and Josephine Tey But the most fun Mom and I had, Cindy confesses, was with Georgette Heyer s Regency romances we collected all of the original hardbacks Jan s own first novel, Bride of the McHugh, was published the same month her second child, Greg, was born, in 1954 The Indiana firm Bobbs Merrill, where her UNC mentor Hiram Hayden was an editor, was the publisher She published two historical novels, My Lord Monleigh in 1956, and My Love, My Enemy in 1961, before going back to graduate school in 1962, where she received her Master of Fine Arts under southern poet Randall Jarrell at UNC Greensboro, writing The Growing Season as her thesis The Growing Season, published in 1963, was the first thesis accepted in non standard thesis form for the university library, and is still on their shelves as the actual published book UNC Greensboro also holds the original manuscript of Bride of the MacHugh Jan went on to teach English and creative writing as well as American literature and poetry at Guilford College in Greensboro Her favorite poets were T.S Elliott and Robert Frost Sadly, she died of a heart attack in late October 1971 while on the west coast visiting her brother who was dying from a brain tumor, a double tragedy for their mother None of us expected it, says Cindy It was a huge personal loss, but also a loss to all her fans At the time of her death, Jan was working on a novel that remains unfinished.

    477 thoughts on “My Love, My Enemy”

    1. There is no question that Jan Cox Speas is an exquisite writer who can deliver a perfect historical setting (in this case, the War of 1812 between England and America) as well as memorable characters. Her Lord Hazard is the stuff that dreams are made of:There was, in truth, much that was extraordinary about him even at the most conventional moments. Now, his face running with rain and very dark against the white shirt plastered wetly to his wide shoulders, hands on his hips as he laughed down at [...]


    2. My Love, My Enemy; orThe Most Boring, Full of Geographical Tangents, Round-Trip Boat Ride To Annapolis, Maryland In the History of Ever.The sea battle at the one-third point was the most exciting part. The romance was subtle, no doubt, but so was the one in My Lord Monleigh and that one was 5 stars and full of awesome. I don't know what the deal was with this. Dull, boring, excruciatingly tedious.


    3. Just loveeeerrrly.Beautifully written. Extensively researched. Carefully plotted.Very impressed. :DI tip my hat to you Mrs. Speas, because you deserve it. I'm going to be searching for the rest of her work immediately, without delay. I can't think of a complaint right now. So I won't. :)


    4. Fans of adventure on the high seas are going to love this one. The romance is overshadowed just a bit by the adventure, but the snippets we get of the romance are quite good. Sometimes I wanted more of the romance or social interaction of all of the great characters instead of discussion of war strategies though. Considering the book was originally written in 1961, I didn't feel like the book seemed dated at all. I was worried that there were going to be some gender issues or that the hero was g [...]


    5. 4 and 1/2 Stars! A Lighter One by This Great Author…as she brings the War of 1812 to life!Set in 1813 in Baltimore, London, France and in the Atlantic, this is the story of an American girl and a British viscount. It is one of the wonderful historical romances that comprise the legacy of Jan Cox Speas. (My favorite is Bride of the MacHugh—it’s on my Top 20 list.)Of the seven daughters born to Samuel Bradley, gentleman of the Chesapeake, Catherine Page was a rebel who tried the patience of [...]


    6. This was just so fantastic that I'll never have the words to do it justice. Everything about it was great. It all starts when a young woman from Annapolis in Chesapeake sneaks on board of her fathers boat, captained by their scottish helper. She just wants to spend her birthday money and buy some frippery in town. It is the war of 1812 and the British have a blockade in the Bay so she isn't suppose to go near the ship. In town she ends up saving a proud and elegant Englishman from an angry mob a [...]


    7. Set during the War of 1812, MY LOVE, MY ENEMY by Jan Cox Speas is a story of conflicting loyalties and how the fate of individuals can diverge from the fate of nations. Ranging from America to Bermuda, France and England, the story is a cornucopia of historical detail interwoven with a fast-paced adventure story and, of course, romance.In 1813 Annapolis, Maryland, Page saves suspected British spy Joss from hanging by Americans furious at the encroachments of the occupying British. As they sail b [...]


    8. My Thoughts:First off, I want to say Do Not Judge a Book By Its Cover!! This one screams bodice ripper and a mindless plot line, but it couldn't be further from the truth. I wasn't sure what to expect when I was offered this title for review, but I'm always willing to try anything once and figured I had nothing to lose by reading My Love, My Enemy. Can I just say that I was really pleased with the entire story. This was a fun way to spend an afternoon. I really loved the characters that the auth [...]


    9. Don’t judge a book by its cover is the theme of this post. When I received my copy of My Love, My Enemy, I took one look at the cover and decided it was a bodice-ripping romance. I’ll admit, I also thought that Jan Cox Speas was a non de plume with the middle name specifically targeted to the romance reader.I was pleasantly surprised as I started reading My Love, My Enemy, to find a great historical fiction adventure story set during the War of 1812. There is no bodice ripping at all and ins [...]


    10. I loved this book. I loved it back when I read it in 1980 and I loved it today. Such love stories never get old.


    11. It is well-written and I loved that the scenes set onboard a ship are done well. The heroine's reasoning near the end of the story felt a little forced and I wanted to give her a shake. The hero was appealing and it was actually more along the lines of historical fiction than a straight romance. Clean.


    12. Taking place during the American Revolutionary War is a very good love story between two enemies. The novel covers the status of the war both here in the U.S. and Europe. The twists and turns are good and keep you wondering what will happen next. If historical novels are what you like, then here is a good read for you.



    13. A rebellious outing to town doesn't end like young Page Bradley thought. It is 1813 and America has declared war on England but England is also at war with Bonaparte. Page rescues an English Lord from a hanging, then finds herself captured by a British ship which in turn is captured by an American ship and then a British convoy comes along. Much to her dismay she finds herself first in Bermuda, then in France, then in England. Finding out Lord Hazard whom she falls in love with is not what she t [...]


    14. Fans of adventure on the high seas are going to love this one. The romance is overshadowed just a bit by the adventure, but the snippets we get of the romance are quite good. Sometimes I wanted more of the romance or social interaction of all of the great characters instead of discussion of war strategies though. Considering the book was originally written in 1961, I didn't feel like the book seemed dated at all. I was worried that there were going to be some gender issues or that the hero was g [...]


    15. Quite a sweet story.So the cover is beautiful. And though before reading it I turned it away 3 times. Before actually reading it. It was quite an interesting read. Based during world war 2. It is in 3rd person, which is why I turned it away before, I’ve never really liked novels in 3rd person. It’s a very small book, so easy to carry, and once you get really in to reading it, the pages do turn very fast. Based on a girl, who goes to town behind the say of her father. And in a moment to help [...]


    16. During the War of 1812, Page Bradley, just turned eighteen, saves a British aristocrat and his valet from being hanged as spies by claiming acquaintance with them. The rather impetuous Page had talked Duncan MacDougal, a family friend, into letting her sail into Annapolis with him so she could shop for a new gown. Returning to the docks, she arrives in time to stop a hanging. Unfortunately, before Page, Lord Hazard, his valet Farley, and MacDougal can return to Page's home on the Maryland shore, [...]


    17. This book was originally published in 1961, and while the writing style is a bit different than what we see with today’s romance novels, I found that My Love, My Enemy was very well composed. It seems to have that magical quality, and I found that I liked that it incorporated action and adventure into the story. Some may say that it was light on the romance, but I found that it very intriguing to read, and I enjoyed that aspect because it was a bit different than the other romances that I have [...]


    18. This is a very thrilling novel. It is not often that I have come across a book set in this time period in this setting - the war of 1812 rather than the English fighting Bonapart. The adventures keep the first half of the book enthralling and even knowing the outcome of the war doesn't diminish the excitement and anticipation as events unfold. There are several fun side characters that you meet along the way and have a way of popping up when you least expect them. I must say that I found Lord Ha [...]


    19. I love this book! If you read nothing else by this author, find this book! Ignore the cover, the hero looks nothing like that art, but the book is utterly delightful. It deals with the War of 1812, and prompted me to brush up my history because it whetted my appetite, but even if you know nothing about that war, you'll probably pick up all you really need to know by this book. (Well, not everything, but the gist.) Page Bradley can't stand the idea of seeing a man hanged before her eyes, and how [...]


    20. The story and the characters were good, but the plot was really implausible simply for all of the times that the couple's ship was taken over, switching quickly from American, to British, to privateer rule, and so on. Unfortunately, the ending was the worst part, and I have no idea what the heroine was thinking or why she returned home when and how she did. The final declaration between H&H could have been more interesting and all-encompassing, but it was ok. I think the beginning remains my [...]


    21. PGWhat up with the half nekkid man on the cover??That is SO not even remotely how this book rolls. *My Love, My Enemy* is a historical romance set during the War of 1812 - there was no half-naked anything. I loved how the tender feelings between the H and h were so slow building and created with acts of love and service. The only part I didn't love was the crazy amount of war talk since I didn't feel it added so much to the story. It could have been cut down quite a bit, imo. Excellent book, reg [...]


    22. I found the characters to be very dual. They didn't go below surface level and the story line was the same. I kept reading to see what would happen and if there would be anything offered. Sadly until the end the story kept a constant flat line. Speas could have done much more with this, as it had the beginnings of an interesting story but she just didn't explore it. To bad I might have enjoyed it more.


    23. Genre: Historical Romance (1813 England/America)Sensuality rating: Sweet or Kisses or PGAn enjoyable story of romance and patriotism weaved together while mostly at sea. I would have to say I was slightly disappointed when it came to the climax but not enough to lower the rating.


    24. A clean historical romance. So clean, this cover is as steamy as it gets. Even the violence (mostly battles on land and sea) is clean.


    25. I thought that it was a book that was full of interesting adventures. I had a had time getting into the book but it got more entertaining towards the end.




    26. PG rated romance - nothing more than a few kisses. The connection/love between hero and heroine is very subtle.


    27. I love a dated swashbuckling romance novel. This was one of the more intelligent ones. Plus the cover is fabulous.


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