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Octor had ordered plenty of fresh air and no stressInstead Bethan was strained to the limit She met Fraser again and was reminded of the guilt she'd carried with her since his sister Ishbel's p. Like HELLO Doesn t anyone in the story realise that the h needs a SHRINK I mean really I can tell you this lil family s gonna be having mental problems for a couple of generations at least The feeling of guilt and loss that I felt was monumental and I wasn t even the heroine So you can imagine what she d be feeling at losing her step father her step brother s lies her love betraying her her best friend abandoning her AND to top it all off none of it was her faultsigh Let Sleeping Dogs Lie you this lil family s gonna be having mental problems for a couple of generations at least The feeling of guilt and loss that I felt was monumental and I wasn t even the heroine So Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose you can imagine what she d be feeling at losing her step father her step brother s lies her love betraying her her best friend abandoning her AND to top it all off none of it was her faultsigh

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Once she'd dreamed of being his wifeWhile Bethan was recovering from injuries she'd suffered while nursing in Beirut her job with Mrs Ruston in a peaceful Suffolk village seemed just what the d. Re Ishbel s Party this book brings to mind the phrase with friends like these you don t need any enemies This one is trainwreck with an avalanche wrapped in a hurricane The story starts with the 28 year old h checking out of a London hospital She was in for injuries received when she was hit by a bomb blast in Beirut This h has a bit of a martyr complex okay she has a LOT of a martyr complex When she was 18 her beloved dumped her for another girl and laughed at her with the OW and she got drunk and drove killing a child on a bike She lost her driver s license when it was shown that the child had been riding without lights but her only family and close friends disowned her completely according to her step brother The family in uestion was the h s stepfather her mother had abandoned her to his care when the marriage broke up The h also had a best friend named Ishbel and was in love with Ishbel s brother who supposedly wanted her enough to kiss her and spend time with her she had followed him around like a puppy since she was 13 as they were neighbors and Ishbel was her best friend and he was her dearest loveIshbel decided to have a big party to celebrate being 18 and she fancied herself in love with the h s stepbrother The stepbrother was abusive towards the h and the h was a bit worried about her friend but she was blinded by the attention Ishbel s brother the H paid to her When the h was told the H wanted to meet her in the summerhouse the h was excited thinking now they could declare their love for each other She never thought it odd that the H had brought another woman to the party and was apparently romancing her at the same time he was romancing the hAfter a heated passionate kissing session in the summerhouse the H s lady came to hunt him down He thrust the h away and went off abruptly the sound of his laughter with his current ladyfriend scalding the h s ears and breaking her heart The h did not remember anything after that until she woke in hospital and the police told her she was drunk driving and killed a child The h has tortured herself ever since and spent years in third world countries and war zones caring for displaced and ill children suffering all manner of hardships and deprivations to atone for her sinThe agency the h works for refuses to send her back out on assignment they send her to help an elderly woman who needs a hip replacement instead The h is obviously traumatized and showing signs of PTSD in her reactions to loud noises etc Why on earth anyone thought the h should be caring for ANYONE is beyond me but I guess SA needed a plot device to get the H and h together and this is it The h meets her new patient and it turns out to be the H s beloved aunt She never met her before and then she finds out that the newly engaged H will be present as well he is just off on business at the momentThe h hopes he won t recognize her but of course he does and he makes all sorts of accusations about taking advantage of the aunt for money and running off to America for fun and games and deserting her stepfather and being just an all around rotten person just like her gold digging tarty mother which the h has never had any real contact with she was always raised by housekeepers or in boarding school The h can t defend herself because the H doesn t believe a word she says and he seems intent on making her suffer he is so vile in his accusations and tone that the h can t get a word in edgewise We also meet the H s fiancee a nice daughter of a rich industrialist who is helping the H get some financing for exporting to Germany and it is clear that she is in love with the H The h is doing her best to stay out of the H s way and care for the aunt when the H decides that it is up to him to extract justice for the h s sins and so he tells her part of her duties are to be doing manual labor in his vineyard He sends her out to hoe and the h goes along with it until she passes out from the strain The aunt is highly irked with the H and the H finds out about her injuries and then demands to know why she did not explain herself He also verifies that she is a real nurse and has been working in war zones for the last 6 years He dumps the death of her stepfather on her after accusing her of abandoning him and the h is puzzled her step brother told her everyone disowned her and they all refused to see her In fact Ishbel left the country the day after the party She had no knowledge of the stepfather s death or that he had a stroke right before her trial and was asking for her The H tells the h not worry about missing her stepfather s final illness and death he left her some money so she should be comforted What a comforting thought for the h who just lost the only person she felt loved her She can just put her pain aside because she has some money that she never wanted to begin with What a prince of an H we have hereThen the H puts together that the step brother lied when he said the h left for America and lied to the h about her stepfather He then goes on to postulate that the stepbrother hated the h and was always lying about things and using drugs etc but he had forgotten He must have a really short memory cause he forgot all of this the day after the party when he took his sister to Australia to get her away from the step brother supposedly and he never mentioned the accusations against the h to his sister the h s best friend for 10 years even when the letters the sister wrote were supposedly returned unopened He also never uestions the story that the h got drunk and drove when the h had never drank or done anything remotely similar before probably too busy hooking up with his lady friend to worry that this girl he had know for 5 years and supposedly cared about was in some big trouble and might have needed his support but then there was his current shag so I could see how that might be importantAnyhow now that the H knows the back story and realized he misjudged a bit he starts making flirty grabs and kisses with the h She wants to leave and why she just did not pack her bag and go I have no idear for a woman who held it together during bombings and managed frightened staff and children through invasions she is remarkably unable to stand up for herself or make a simple decision but the H tells her if she goes his aunt will blame him and of course we can t have the nematode parasite be responsible for any rotten actions he chooses to make so the h winds up staying The H continues to flirt and kiss and sends the h shopping with his fiancee when he finds out how limited her wardrobe is Then the fiancee walks in on him with his tongue down the h s throat she gets upset and runs off and the h irked by his grabby hands and mouth asks him if enjoys pitting his ladies against each other She walks off to angry at his punishing kisses but also a bit happy cause she is still sooo in lurve with him She herself claims it was arrested development when his fiancee asks her about her feelings she hasn t been in contact with many eligible men over the last ten years where she was at Sadly this scene and her arrested development declaration are the only lucid moments the h has in the entire 187 pagesThe h the fiancee the H his aunt and the fiancee s father are all having dinner later and the fiancee s father is a lech with the h He tells the H to move up the wedding and then he propositions the h after he tries to buy her off and it doesn t work He tries to force the h but finally her self defense mechanisms kick in and she breaks his hold and runs She locks herself in her room and the next day the H has left for parts unknown The h gets the aunt into the hospital for her operation and the H shows up a few weeks after he left He drags the h to his country home by where she used to live and has some big news for her Ishbel now married and living in Australia has returned and wants to see her Ishbel s news is that she spiked the h s drinks at the party with vodka and set up the summerhouse scene The h s stepbrother continued spiking the h s drinks and Ishbel let him take the h home when she passed completely out instead of just having her stay the night Ishbel claims she knew how rotten the step brother was that night and she knew about his abuse to the h yet she let him take an unconscious h away because she was mad her brother went off with his girlfriend instead of the h She also tells the h that she couldn t have been driving she was comatose from all the alcohol and she put the h into the passenger seat herselfThe H confirms all of this and states they tracked down the brother who is now a heroin addict and he confirmed the truth The h is relieved she did not kill anyone and is it is insta forgivness all around The H tells the h that he never told his sister anything of the after effects of that night but the whole story was a bit thin and uestionable It was a small area with a tightly knit social group and surely Ishbel had other contacts including family in the area that kept her up to date on the goings on Then the H tells the h he wants to marry her supposedly he had always loved her but her stepfather wanted the H to wait until the h was older to propose but now he can marry her and make up for all that she has endured Supposedly he was so obsessed with the 18 year old h that he had to have a multitude of women to distract him and by the way his fiancee is now history she doesn t want to be second best apparently she was probably the most likable character in the book and she has some backbone and dignity so I felt bad for her to be used and dumped just like that no matter how horrible her father was He also tells the h that he never laughed about her with his girlfriend that night the h was just projecting and he never did anything to help her after the accident because the stepbrother told him he was the h s lover So now that he has whitewashed all his past actions and those OW were only a useful distraction he has to indulge his lust that he never got to before with the h and he is willing to marry her to do it He is sure she will do until a better model comes along or he gets bored they can marry cause he only always loved her really and the h still loves him Whether they marry or not is actually debatable but it ends with the H and h lurving it up and HEA s all around until the h gets some therapy and a backbone or the H finds a better offerThere is not enough skillets in my opinion to sort out the people in this book It is very angsty tho and the story is engrossing I just wish the h had gotten away from these people and into some decent counseling Still this is HPlandia and the lurve club fixes everything It does seem too much to hope that after the H lurve experience the h will come to her senses recover from her trauma and take that peaceful job in Kenya she was contemplating before the H and his sister bullied her into accepting their actions that led up to the h s emotional abandonment for ten years This one is highly readable if you like the angst but have the skillets and the adult beverages handy cause the frustration level is high and the payoff is a bit lacking You can only be happy the h is happy and hope that lucidity returns or the h wakes up and realizes it was all a bad dream from being in a coma after the bomb blast

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Arty ten years ago But seeing Fraser with the woman he intended to marry was what really hurtShe'd loved Fraser as a young girl and she loved him still with a depth and power that was shatterin. 5 Stars Working in war torn third world countries as a mission nurse has been Bethan s vocation and she performs her duties selflessly When a road side bomb takes her friend and co worker and leaves her with terrible burns on her back and scalp she s sent home to England to recover As her strength begins to return her boss in charge of the mission organization tells her she must stay in England for at least six months before she will be fit again for duty aboard He arranges for her to be a private nurse to a woman who also needs to recuperate it s a light duty assignment one that will suit both patient and nurse Arriving back in Suffolk Bethan had never imagined that her patient Lorna would be Fraser s aunt and that though he was presently away when he was in England he shared her home Ten years before Bethan had been 18 and head over heels in love with her best friend Ishbel s brother Fraser had been like a protective brother since she was 13 but as she d grown up her hero worship had blossomed The night of Ishbel s 18th birthday party Bethan had thought Fraser was finally returning her love but though it was obvious he d come to see her as a desirable young woman he made it clear that he didn t want her love The events after that rejection are a complete blank for Bethan but the next morning she woke up in hospital with a police officer beside her Learning that she d gotten blindingly drunk stolen her step brother s car and caused an accident that had taken the life of an eight year old girl devastated Bethan She found herself rejected by her beloved step father and shunned by Fraser and Ishbel Only her step brother Mark showed her compassion as he helped her with her nurses trainingFraser s shocked to see Bethan again and apparently firmly in his aunt s affections He doesn t hide his contempt and makes it very clear to Bethan that he ll be watching her not for one moment does he believe in her story of an accident nor that she s even a nurse When he finds her slaking her duties he insists she labour physically ensuring that she learn what it truly means to do a day s work Only this back fires as Bethan s pride keeps her working her body begins to shut down and it s near collapse that Fraser finds her hours later Shaken Fraser makes the call to check out Bethan s credentials and learns some shocking truths that set him on a mission to discover just what has happened since that night of Ishbel s partyMs Absalom drew me in from the first pages with this emotionally intense story of a young girl who sets herself on a journey of atonement for a reckless action that she doesn t even remember As all Bethan has endured is revealed I found myself reliving her horror with her At first I thought Fraser a total callous brute but Ms Absalom gives us his reflections of the events and the information he d been given through the years since Ishbel s party which redeems his behaviour As he unravels the truth he faces the conseuences of his own decisions in the past and he desperately seeks to give Bethan her life back From first page to last this compelling story kept me emotionally involved and it was with a well satisfied sigh that I read Fraser s vows and Bethan s complete belief of them

  • Paperback
  • 189
  • Ishbel's Party
  • Stacy Absalom
  • English
  • 14 January 2017
  • 9780373109432

About the Author: Stacy Absalom

Stacy Absalom wrote four romance novels from to She lives with her husband Derek on the fringe of a small English village overlooking the rolling Leicestershire countryside She In her spare time she enjoys listening to classical music knitting very complicated patterns and driving fast cars.

10 thoughts on “Ishbel's Party

  1. says:

    Re Ishbel's Party this book brings to mind the phrase with friends like these you don't need any enemies This one is trainwreck with a

  2. says:

    Re readThere may be bigger and better martyrs than Bethan in HPLand but I haven't read them She blacks out she wrings her hands she faints she gets pale It's so deliciously ridiculous The hero is steadfastly cruel in the face of his misunderstanding of poor Bethan's innocence and his grovel and shame is in direct proportionI read this back

  3. says:

    Wow not sure how to rate I'm going to go with a 3 It did keep me reading and was emotionally engaging in a depressing as crap sort of way I agree with another reviewer the heroine needed professional help for dealing with the various traumas losses and deceptions she was subjected to This one is certainly an emotional tear jerker I

  4. says:

    It's a 5 star reading experience for the uality of writing storyline and intensity Unfortunately the hero got in the way of a good story so I

  5. says:

    Like HELLO? Doesn't anyone in the story realise that the h needs a SHRINK? I mean really I can tell you this lil family's gonna be having mental

  6. says:

    Not uite as angsty as Dark Night Dawningand somehow I didn't feel Bethan's emotions like I did with Abby view spoiler I couldn't fathom how Fraser could have believed Mark's lies He knew Bethan for 5 years since sh

  7. says:

    Wow I've been waiting to read this book and it did not disappoint This is angst city There are reviews with spoilers belo

  8. says:

    5 Stars Working in war torn third world countries as a mission nurse has been Bethan's vocation and she performs her duties

  9. says:

    The book begins with our heroine in a hospital bed She was flown to England after she was almost fatally injured in a bomb blast in Beirut where she worked as a nurse as a mission worker When her boss told her she needed time off she was given a simple job in England to a nice older lady Little did she know that she was the Aunt of

  10. says:

    A story of young love tragically torn apart by the machinations of a jealous step sibling Beth had loved her best friends brother f

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