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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Beloved Vagabond by Anne Hampson. Beloved Vagabond by Anne Hampson. She soon regretted her careless words In anger, Lynn had called the dark Gypsy stranger "one of the dregs of society.
The final blow had come after their Gypsy wedding. But she was powerless to escape: the Gypsies watched her by day, and Rad kept her imprisoned--in his arms--by night.
He told her nothing of hims She soon regretted her careless words In anger, Lynn had called the dark Gypsy stranger "one of the dregs of society. He told her nothing of himself or his life, but Lynn began to understand his enigmatic, almost dual personality--and the gentle, aristocratic half attracted her very much Get A Copy.
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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Trigger warning: this book, and this review, deal with attempted rape, spousal rape and violence against women. The short version is: hero abducts, marries and rapes the heroine after she mistakes him for the gipsy who tried to rape her a couple of days earlier.
The book en Trigger warning: this book, and this review, deal with attempted rape, spousal rape and violence against women. Long version: Lynn, 24, takes herself off to Ireland for a two week driving holiday. An office colleague has proposed marriage. Lynn will never reach an income level where she can afford better than her current standard of living. And who knows? Romancelandia may have some sort of salary bonus scheme for ordinary men who manage to get a heroine down the aisle.
I can imagine it funded by the League of Other Women, and I support their initiative. And then they celebrate by drinking champagne and flirting with hot men. Back to Lynn, who is feeling sorry for herself, when the car goes bung. Until, that is, a handsome gipsy man follows her when she walks away from car and camp, and attempts to rape her. He had rough, cruel features and dirty clothes. He is swarthy.
This is never a good sign. Fortunately, Lynn is saved when a gipsy girl turns up. Lynn runs to the main road, gets a bus back to her hotel, and arranges for a garage to collect her car, fix it, and return it to her.
This all happens with an interesting amount of speed, lack of fuss, or commentary on expense. By this stage in my reading I am Very Worried. These might just be things that happen to her on a regular basis. With her car restored to her, Lynn drives on to her next stop. She tours the gardens of a stately home, Ballytara Abbey, and eavesdrops on a conversation about the owner, while staring at a portrait of a young woman through the drawing-room window. Here are the pertinent facts: 1. The owner has restored the portrait of his mother to pride of place in the house.
For years, it had languished in some dingy stately outhouse, because of Shame. The owner is rich, and the price of a ticket for a garden tour goes to charity. The owner is single, and plans to fall in love once, and at first sight. The next day, Lynn hires a horse at the local stables.
She leaves her car unlocked and with the keys in the ignition. Out riding, Lynn encounters the gipsy man. When he comes close she strikes him across the face with her riding crop. She calls him a dirty gipsy and the dregs of society. He chases her down, drags her off the horse. She then answers all his questions about her car, and how single and alone she is. He then takes her to a nearby gipsy camp. There, Lynn sees dirty, ragged children.
Some of them are only half dressed! No one whips him and calls him the dregs of society and gets away with it. Sure, she has her job and her friends, but she seems to have completely lost contact with her parents.
When she was about 18 they divorced, and each remarried and moved to another country. When Rad comes into the caravan, Lynn applies a few more racist insults, and is very put out that Rad is taking the role of the injured party, given he tried to rape her a couple of days ago. Before Rad can really get into his plan to rape her out of her bigotry, some gipsy women come knocking on the caravan door.
So Lynn gets into a fancy gipsy dress and goes through a probably not legally binding marriage ceremony. Rad points out that it could be worse. Lynn, locked in the caravan all day, takes to cleaning it as best she can She contemplates escape.
He looks at her with respect WHAT? It must mean something, but what? Lynn wants to wash her hair. Do gipsies have shampoo? Lynn suspects, from her observation of the women, that they never wash or brush their hair. And none of this is delivered with any empathy for the poverty Lynn can observe from the caravan window.
She assumes that poverty is a choice. So Lynn, who is scared and miserable but instinctively knows that Rad is better than his surroundings and the company he keeps, is eventually going to have her world outlook confirmed.
This is such an uncomfortable book. Rad subjects Lynn to two rapes and two beatings. The beatings are delivered as punishment: Rad spanks Lynn when she lashes out at him verbally.
I really hate that word. Spanking has such different connotations in romance, but here it is most certainly beating. After the second attack, Lynn is sobbing and distraught and says she wishes she was dead. The rapes and beatings stop. There are hints for the rest of the book that Rad is feeling somewhat helpless as to how to get the relationship he wants after this bad start.
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