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Our first-class surface selection offers over color patterns. Preview — Romancing the Stone by Catherine Lanigan. Joan Wilder pseudonym. Joan Wilder is a lonely New York romance novelist who receives a treasure map mailed to her by her recently-murdered brother-in-law. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages.

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Published March 1st by Avon Books first published More Details Original Title. Joan Wilder 1. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Romancing the Stone , please sign up. I loved the movie "Romancing The Stone", and I'm on the hunt for romance novels with the same theme Does anyone have any recommendations for an exciting adventure-romance novel? Then Catherine went on to write "Love at Last"..

Do you love Romance? See 2 questions about Romancing the Stone…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Romancing the Stone was one of my favorite childhood movies. This book is a novelization of the screenplay, not an original book that the movie is based off of. There are lots of similarities with plot, dialogue, and characters. Naturally I kept picturing the actors from the movie playing their parts here. I've seen this flick so many times I have most of the dialogue memorized.

There were a few small changes, though, especially in the second half and toward the fight. I love Joan. The author pain Romancing the Stone was one of my favorite childhood movies. The author painted her as a shy, awkward woman who hated public appearances, felt cut off from men because of a horrible love affair gone wrong in her youth, and as someone who hid from life, living through her stories. With Jack, the character was given an interesting backstory to explain some of his restlessness. It added more to the story.

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The movie didn't lack without knowing it, but in book form it was further fleshed out and made more sense. I also get more of the story with the sister, Elaine's, husband. I never fully caught on before. I think the movie didn't care to explain too much since it wasn't as relevant to the present plot situation. There is a deeper sense of melodramatic romance at the end than it showed in the movie, but it works okay considering it's supposed to be a romance book.

Humor is as strong in page form as it is written. Overall the movie is the winner - just can't stylize the magic the same secondhand - but it's still a worthy book if you're a fan of the film. Mar 07, Lisa Kay rated it really liked it Shelves: genre-romance-contemporary , genre-rom-com , theme-treasure-hunt , genre-action-adventure , has-a-movie , authors-l , authors-c.

Update: Re-read the book March 7, and my rating stays the same. If you enjoyed the movie, chances are you'll enjoy the book. Though it has been a long time since I read the book decades and my tastes have changed, I still recently enjoyed the movie starring Michael Douglas Kathleen Turner. An excellent movie, and one that my ex-husband balked at watching back in the day. My ex still a good friend wanted to see the rest of the movie.

View 2 comments. I had so much fun reading this book. I never knew it existed until the hardback minus the dust jacket caught my eye. Romancing the stone! The author is Joan Wilder! De Joan Wilder!!!!! LOL love the movie adored the much more fleshed out book. Bought Jewel of the Nile from Amazon to read next!!

Jul 14, Xenos rated it it was ok. I had no idea they had written a book based on one of my all-time favorite films and couldn't wait to read it! Unfortunately, the book did not meet my expectations. It was just really weird, to be honest.

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The real author, Catherine Lanigan, was the completely wrong person to write this book. In all honesty, I thought she was not to be disrespectful or ageist, but an old woman, for the way she turned a phrase was very antiquated. Those of you who've read this book will understand the humor in that sentence. Lanigan created a backstory for Joan, Jack and Elaine, which one would think would be great. Not so much. The only one I enjoyed and bought into was Elaine's. It was nice to know a little more about how she and her dead husband got mixed up in this mess in the first place.

However, the explanation as to why Joan was so mousy didn't ring true and Jack's backstory was just plain creepy. Jack in love with a year-old grandmother?! I would buy that he respected her. Admired her. Revered her. Even loved her. But to have him be IN love with her?! Another reason I thought Ms.

Lanigan was old. Michael Douglas in his heyday was pretty hot. I thought she might have fancied herself the grandmother and was doing a bit of fantasizing. She then receives a frantic phone call from her sister Elaine — Eduardo's widow. Elaine has been kidnapped by antiquities smugglers, cousins Ira and Ralph, and instructs Joan to go to coastal city of Cartagena with the map she received; it is Elaine's ransom. Flying to Colombia, Joan is diverted from the rendezvous point by Colonel Zolo — the same man that ransacked her apartment looking for the map - by tricking her into boarding the wrong bus.

Instead of heading to the coast, this bus heads deep into the interior of the country. Ralph realizes this and begins following Joan. After Joan accidentally distracts the bus driver by asking where they are going, the bus crashes into a Land Rover, wrecking both vehicles. As the rest of the passengers walk away, Joan is menaced by Zolo but is saved by the Land Rover's owner: an American exotic bird smuggler named Jack T.

Jack and Joan travel the jungle while eluding Zolo and his military police. Coming across a small village, they encounter a drug lord named Juan, who is a big fan of Joan's novels and helps them escape from Zolo. After a night of dancing and passion in a nearby town, Jack suggests to Joan that they find the treasure themselves before handing over the map. Zolo's men enter the town, so Jack and Joan unknowingly steal Ralph's car with a sleeping Ralph in the back to escape.


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Ralph takes the emerald from them at gunpoint, but Zolo's forces appear, distracting Ralph long enough for Jack to steal the jewel back. After being chased into a river and over a waterfall, Jack and Joan are separated on opposite sides of the raging river; Joan has the map, but Jack has the emerald. Jack directs Joan to Cartagena, promising that he will meet her there. In Cartagena, Joan meets with Ira, who releases Elaine for the map. Zolo and his men arrive with a captured Jack and severely-beaten Ralph, interrupting the exchange.

As Zolo tortures Joan, Jack surrenders the emerald to Zolo, but a crocodile bites off Zolo's hand and swallows it along with the emerald. A shootout ensues between Zolo's soldiers and Ira's gang. Joan and Elaine dash for safety, pursued by Zolo, as Jack tries to stop the crocodile from escaping; he begrudgingly lets it go to try and save Joan.

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A crazed Zolo charges at Joan; she dodges his wild knife slashes and he falls into the crocodile pit. As the authorities arrive, Ira and his men escape, but Ralph is left behind. After a kiss, Jack dives into the water after the crocodile, leaving Joan behind with her sister. Later, Joan is back in New York City, and wrote a new manuscript based on her adventure. Gloria is moved to tears by the story and tells Joan she has another best-seller on her hands. Returning home, she finds Jack waiting for her in a sailboat named the Angelina , after the heroine of Joan's novels, and wearing boots made from the crocodile's skin.


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He explains the crocodile died from ingesting the emerald and he had sold it, using the money to buy the boat of his dreams. They go off together, planning to sail around the world. Sylvester Stallone was originally considered for the role of Jack T. Parts of the film were also shot in Snow Canyon, Utah.

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