Her Own Rules

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: March 2007

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT

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At forty-four, Meredith Stratton leads an enviable life, one far removed from the neglectful childhood she experienced.  Since immigrating to America at the age of eighteen, she has successfully built a small international chain of exclusive, elegant inns.  She has raised her two children largely on her own, and is delighted in her daughter’s upcoming nuptials.  The only thing missing is a romance.  She has known great love in the past, but has spent the past several years immersed in her children and work, not searching for a soul mate.

Meredith’s life begins to change on a trip abroad.  She is acquiring a new inn in Ripon, England, and has the strangest sense that she’s seen the area before. Luc, the architect overseeing the remodel of the inn, has ignited a desire in Meredith that she hasn’t felt for a man in decades.  What starts as a business relationship quickly develops into a romance.  On the same trip, Meredith becomes plagued by spells of nausea and fatigue.  When the spells continue, she seeks the advice of a doctor. 


The doctor can find no physical ailment, and believes that the answer lies in long forgotten memories of Meredith’s childhood.  Meredith is referred to a psychologist who works to uncover repressed memories, and starts her on a search to discover the past so that she may have a future.


First published in 1996, HER OWN RULES is classic Barbara Taylor Bradford – emotional, poignant, and romantic.  Meredith is a wonderful character, very intelligent and sure of herself, yet unaware of what was missing in her life.  I enjoyed watching her uncover the pieces of her past and seeing her find love.  Fans of Ms. Bradford will enjoy this timeless story of romance and self-discovery just as much today as they did a decade ago.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Leigh

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