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The Fulfillment I was looking forward to reading this because the last and only book I read of LaVyrle Spencer's Morning Glory I absolutely loved The premise for this book sounded intriguing if a little predictable because really there's only one way there could be an HEA I didn't like it thoughI didn't find any of the characters particularly likable though Jonathan wasn't that bad and I actually kind of found him to be okay I do believe that he wanted Mary to have a child with Aaron because he wanted her to experience motherhood something she was deprived of because of his inability to sire He was a little strange with his fascination and connection to Vinnie but I felt he was genuine and liked him nonetheless Even though Mary and Aaron thought he was just putting them into this position because he wanted an heir of his own I choose to believe that wasn't the case I found him to be rather endearing actually with his ability to connect to animals rather than humans I think that if he only wanted an heir he could easily have left that up to Aaron and his eventual childrenAaron and Mary I didn't like at all I found them to be incredibly selfish and annoying I thought I might eventually grow to like Aaron but it never happened Right from the beginning I was put out with him and his treatment of Priscilla He did her wrong because he led her on he knew what he was doing and he did it anyway because he's selfish Priscilla thought he wouldn't propose marriage because he thought she was cheap for having slept with him before a proposal or marriage but he tells her that's not that case but she doesn't really believe it SO she tells him she won't sleep with him again and if he wants her favors she demands marriage in returnWhat does he say?Meaning to hurt her he backed a step away bowed slightly and said with uiet sarcasm “Ah yes if favors they could be called”What a fucking assholeThen later he tries to apologize but finds that she's gone to the dance without him He's irked but feels that maybe he deserved it Maybe? Maybe he deserved it after what he said?Anyway So at the dance he approaches her again but she tells him she's decided not to wait around for himWhy should I put all my apples in one basket? Maybe I’ll pass a few around”I completely agree He's the one who said he wasn't going to proposeso why should she put all her apples in one basket? Well Aaron doesn't agree with this sentiment and says“Passing your apples around already?” he couldn’t help taunting “Look out Priscilla too many passes and you’ll be applesauce”Aaron was the one that told her he wasn't going to propose because he's just not ready for it yet even though they've pretty much been seeing one another exclusively for a year and have slept together He's an immature asshole who after being denied turned into an even bigger ass He's the one who told her that he's going to step aside and leave and make way for somebody who’ll think of marriage first and haylofts second and that with him aside other fellows might feel welcome around here He's the one who told her that although he still wants her wanting and marrying are two different things to a man So when she decides to pursue other avenues and does what he suggests he's a bitter assholeHe's seriously one of those guys who tells you you're pretty but is uick to call you a whore when he doesn't get what he wantsI didn't like Mary either I wasn't feeling her from the start because the author took every opportunity to liken her to a child She's said to look like a child act like a child speak like a child She's described as being a childlike woman having a child woman's body a schoolgirl She's like a child and that she has a childlike facechild's face and she's as enchanting as a schoolgirlThat is literally what is saidShe looked as enchanting as a schoolgirlI honestly felt like putting the book down simply for that because I was so disgusted with the constant comparison to a child This infantilization of her is seriously vomit inducingly repulsiveMoving on I didn't find the relationship between Aaron and Mary to be at all believable When Jonathan first introduces the idea they're both understandably against it They become awkward as a trio but there are no introductions or awakenings of other feelings Aaron and Mary's resistance towards the idea continues for two months afterwards However Aaron then becomes aware of her because she looks pretty after having decided to dress up for the dance A week later Jonathan leaves for Minneapolis They go from this awareness to sleeping together and then being comfortable with having done it physical affection and romance way too uicklyJonathan leaves on Sunday after Church and they sleep together that night They're affectionate the next day and then Aaron is wining and dining her with wine and flowers that night The next day they're trying on his parent's wedding clothes and he expresses wanting her as his bride and they exchange I Love Yous And then Jonathan returns that day Tuesday It made absolutely no sense and was absolutely unbelievableThe spent seven years together as in laws and other than brotherlysisterly they had no other feelings towards one another Then abruptly they're exchanging I Love Yous within two daysnights of sleeping together??? When they first sleep together there's absolutely no awkwardness between them and they are instead bantering and joking about wenches and dragons I expected there to be some acclimation to their new circumstance becausewell hello You just slept with your brother sister in law Instead there's an immediate settlement into domestic bliss?? He gets her into his mother's wedding dress and is telling her that she will always be his beautiful brideWhen she tells Aaron that she's pregnant he tries to convince her to run away with him because he thinks that this changes everything That again makes absolutely no sense because the reason Jonathan asked them to sleep together in the first place was in order to conceive a child And now he thinks that it changes everything and they him and Mary should pack up and go elsewhere and leave Jonathan?Mary is no better in the selfishness department This is another reason that I didn't like her She's upset that upon Jonathan's return he shows no outward jealousy the reader is told Jonathan feels a hollowness upon realizing that Aaron and Mary have indeed slept together She wants his love in order to get through this pregnancy and I just couldn't help disliking her She wants him to love her and be jealous that she'd slept with his brother and they conceived a childeven though she loves Aaron She wants him to show his jealousy as a sign that he cares even though it's his brother she loves it's his brother's child she carries it's his brother who she wants to sleep with How selfish can you be to be demand that? And then to be angry when you don't get it? Another nice read from Ms Spencer Together they worked the landTogether they loved one womanMary was little than a restless impressionable young girl when she left Chicago for the wheat fields of a Minnesota farm where she would become the wife of Jonathan's younger brother Aaron she was a respected trusted friend But after seven frustrating childless years the foundations of a strong and happy union have started to show signs of strain And Jonathan turns to his brother Aaron to ask of him what he could ask no other man I really loved Aaron and Mary Jonathan I could take or leave him It really was tough for these farming people to try and survive and live off the land The brothers were polar opposites I kinda saw what was coming I mean it had to happen didn't it? Audio 5 Stars Story dnf 38%Considering the story line I was expecting an angsty emotionally exhausting read But the story is actually bordering on too sweet This was kind of a sick mess Way back in the 80s there was The Fulfillment of Mary Grey which starred the very cute Lewis Smith Lo and behold this book was the inspiration for that messPLOTJonathon and Mary have been married for seven years and are childless Jonathon had the mumps as a child and fearsknowsobsesses he’s sterile His fun younger brother Aaron lives with them Aaron has just been kicked to the curb by the young girl Priscilla he’s been sparking and leading on for the past year Big points off for Aaron as he and Pris had sex and he has no desire to marry her He tells her he would be happy to have sex but marriage is a no go the silver tongued devil Given the era I found this to be very ungentlemanly of himJ has an epiphany He’ll have his brother get his wife pregnant while he goes off on his annual cow buying excursion No biggie Just friends up until now Aaron and Mary are horrified at Jonathon’s suggestion which makes the fact they jump into bed about 5 minutes after he leaves a little bizarre Mary was in for a surprise a good surprise Turns out there is to having sex than lying back and thinking of Minnesota Aaron has the moves Aaron has the moves because he once went to the big city and ended up sparking some Wicked City Women whereas poor sterile Jonathon has only had one woman and apparently has no creativity or imaginationJonathon comes back with a bull that he falls in love with He purposely doesn’t have sex with Mary so he will know that the baby is is brother’s WHAT????? The hell? He ignores Mary his now pregnant wife but talks to the bull a lot I’m not kidding eitherThere’s a lot of loud silence in then house if you know what I mean becauseawkward suaredA tornado comes and Jonathan runs to save the love of his life Vinnie the bullThings don’t go wellNow that Jonathon’s dead the two find their way back and yuck HEAThe movie ended up far differently Jonathon still dies by bull but Aaron and Mary don’t end up together Leave it to Hollywood to change a HEA to bittersweet angst or maybe they were just punishing the three of them Jonathon has to die for coming up with the stupid scheme and the two cheaters are kept apart Feels like a cop out to me And weirdly to me focused on the land a lot than the charactersrating ★½ An old favorite of mine uite angsty Don't read this if you have any cheating hot buttons Which really I normally do but somehow this one didn't push those buttons that hard for me don't know why Do know that they made this into the most abysmal TV movie and changed the ending which made the whole thing suck buckets of suck Book is real good though I thoroughly enjoyed this American historical with a forbidden love theme Aaron was a man I adored; such integrity and selflessness but his passion and love were unending Mary was likeable and naive in all senses Aaron awakened her as a woman a person in a way her husband could not LaVyrle Spencer is a new to me author but one that has been recommended to me a few times Her writing has a natural simplicity that aids your escape into her characters worlds There was an element of predictability to this tale but it didn't diminish the enjoyment I am really excited to read from this author Just as Fulfilling the Second Time AroundI read The Fulfillment by LaVyrle Spencer almost 20 years ago and randomly found it again searching for historical romances I picked it up again a couple of weeks ago and it was even better than I remembered I am not one to read a romance with an infidelity plotline at all but the way Ms Spencer handles this topic is mastery She makes it believable and she makes it so hard to judge any character in the book for what occurs She takes what could have been a contrived and cliche plotline into an extraordinary book with a refreshing feelJonathan and Mary Gray live on a farm in Minnesota in the early 1900s Aaron Jonathan's brother lives with them and works the farm Both brothers are tied to the land they work Jonathan and Mary have been trying to have a baby for seven years and haven't been able to conceive Jonathan suspects he is sterile and asks Aaron to sire the child he cannot This sets in motion a chain of event which change all of the characters' lives forever The book is written in third person but the reader is able to get the POV from all three main characters I have to say it is rare for an author to convey so much emotion in a reader for all of her characters Ms Spencer executes this flawlessly You can relate and understand each character's motives I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster and I was so engrossed with the character's themselves that I too cried when they did and laughed when they were happyOne thing I love about Ms Spencer's historical romances is that they are truly authentic She makes me feel like I'm there She adds details to the time period like the endless and hard work which occurred on a farm the fellowship enjoyed on Sunday at church the gossip that occurred when one went to town to shop and pick up supplies and the period dress of the time I always feel like I'm transported back in time in her booksThis is such a wonderful book about love family willfulness and what and how one decision can change the lives of a family forever I have to say this is one of my favorite historical romances and I'm so glad I reread it It was so worth the emotions and the healing at the end Two brothers work a rich and bountiful land—and one extraordinary woman shares their lives To Jonathan Gray Mary is a devoted and giving mate To Aaron she is a beloved friend But seven childless years of marriage have forced Jonathan to ask the unthinkable of his brother and his wife—binding the two people he cares for most with an act of desire born of compassionawakening Mary to the pain of infidelity and to all the bittersweet joy and heartache that passionate love can bring Based on the synopsis alone I would never have considered reading this book After a beloved friend's gift and my recent love of the author I decided to finally be brave I devoured this in less than 24 hours I've never felt so invested to a rural MN farm town at the turn of the century Spencer has the amazing ability to take unassuming ordinary lives and create the most gut wrenching and beautiful love stories Aaron is an absolute dream; and I enjoyed his and Mary's journey

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