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Subject: Anyone read this book? Found (I think) lol
Date Posted: 6/4/2010 5:10 PM ET
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I was reading a forum at another site about overweight heroes in romance novels and one of the posters said this:

i read a novel about a English aristocrat who was on the pudgy side...actually he was kinda fat and that's how the heroine met him and fell in love with him b/c he saved her from having to deal with her husband's friends who were bullies and about to drown the puppy she had as a pet... she was married of to horrible husband who had friends that were really horrid and they all tormented her (she was only 16 or so)... but later in life they meet up again and she doesn't realize that it's the same guy and so doesn't readily fall in love nor wants to fall in love with him b/c he lost so much weight...(he was imprisoned on a prison brig under false terms for like 5 or 6 years and so was beaten, starved, and almost worked to death until he escaped, came back to England to look her up and things go on from there)


Does anyone recognize this book?  It sounds really interesting and I'd like to read it if possible.

BTW: the writer of the above description does not remember anything about the cover, author or title of the book---Sorry frown



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Date Posted: 6/5/2010 1:44 PM ET
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Not sure what the book is,but I want to read it!  If you ever figure out what it is, let me know!  :-)

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 2:58 PM ET
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Sounds like my kinda book! 

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 3:15 PM ET
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this sounds great! too bad I dont know it!

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 10:28 PM ET
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well I asked about this at the RT times book sleuth forum and no takers there either.  Still looking, though.  Any ideas on where else to go?

Date Posted: 6/14/2010 10:12 PM ET
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just bumping up.  Still looking.  No takers yet at RT times forum.  Anyone know where else to look?

eta: thought I'd give the Amazon forums a try and see what they can come up with as well.



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Date Posted: 6/15/2010 11:38 AM ET
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Maybe you could try send it to the Smart Bitches blog for their Help a Bitch Out thing they do. I'm not sure how you would do it though. It usually seems to lead to something for other posters.
Date Posted: 6/15/2010 12:07 PM ET
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Has anyone found out the title to this book?  I am in a romance lull and keep hoping someone can name this book.

Date Posted: 6/15/2010 12:26 PM ET
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I'm curious too...

Date Posted: 6/15/2010 3:37 PM ET
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No luck yet. Sorry frown  I'll check out the site Crystal recommended and see if I can get some more help in the search.

eta:  OK, I went to the Smart Bitches blog but could not find anything about how to get help on looking for books.  Anyone know how to do that?  Please let me know if you do. 



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Date Posted: 6/16/2010 12:07 PM ET
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I think you just go through the "contact us" type link on their website to put in your HaBo request to find a book.  You might scroll down and read a few HaBos to get an idea of how people put in their requests because from what I've seen, a little humor counts.

But a pudgy hero?  Who could resist!  And someone's got to remember that!

Give asking them a try- I can't believe the "bitchery" can't solve this one!

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 2:11 PM ET
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I think I've found the book!  Someone over at Amazon suggested this book in response to my queries over there:

Ride the Wind Home by Christina Kingston

Here's the description I found for it:

Diana Huntley was 16 and newly married when she tried to save her puppy from her cruel husband. She had given up hope when she came upon young, portly Michael David Lawrence, Duke of Smythington. He not only saved the puppy but ensured that Diana, herself, would be safe. Five years later, newly widowed, Diana is loathe to marry again, yet that's what her father intends. Unable to convince him otherwise, Diana decides to run to her godmother for help. Unfortunately, Diana intends to travel alone. Fortunately, David is touring the countryside incognito to find some personal peace. Hanging out in her barn, he recognizes Diana and follows to keep an eye on her. She doesn't recognize him because he's no longer portly, so, thinking the stranger is just being nice, she lets him accompany her. But things aren't as simple as Diana hoped. She's in his company for much longer than she planned, just long enough to fall in love.

Seems like a perfect fit to me!  I've ordered the book from here as it is currently available.  I'll have to wait to see if the puzzle is finally solved.  But either way.  RtWH sounds like a great book that just probably ends my search.  Thanks everyone for your help.  I really appreciate it.

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 1:44 PM ET
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Yay!  Pretty sure I'll be ordering it soon too.  :-)

Date Posted: 6/19/2010 1:20 AM ET
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For anyone interested in the above book--it is now WL here (I'm still waiting for the sender to respond to my request for the book.  Since it's about to time out, guess I'll be waiting in line too :(  I've actually already added it to my WL jic.) But I did discover that it's the fourth book in a four book series.

RIDE FOR THE ROSES
THE NIGHT THE STARS FELL
RIDE THE WINTER WIND
RIDE THE WIND HOME

I think the first two are still available here.  Maybe we can start with them while waiting for the WL line.

Date Posted: 6/19/2010 12:22 PM ET
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yay! I am glad u found it. I ordered a copy since I love pudgy heroes

Date Posted: 6/19/2010 12:38 PM ET
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I am always in line for a pudgy hero, heroine, horse, dog or anything story, too.  ( I read Eye of the Beholder recently.  Heroine in not beautiful, same sort of rejection issues, and was a good Christian romance. I give it a 3.5 to 4 star.)

OK, I have a copy of this book from here coming.  I will let anyone know first that has responded to this thread when I am done reading it.  I wondered about the series thing when I noticed that the author has some similar titles.  I am still going to read this one first.  I will be in touch.

P

Date Posted: 6/25/2010 1:41 AM ET
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I find it funny that this book went from available in the system to having a WL of 9 within days of posting the name of this book.  LOL (I'm number 4 BTW).  Are all 9 wishers from the Love and Romance forum?  laugh



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Date Posted: 6/25/2010 10:16 AM ET
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Yep-when I put it on my reminder list there were 3 copies in the system.  When I got home from work that night, they were all gone. 

Date Posted: 6/25/2010 1:06 PM ET
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Funny, I like pudgy heroes -- have never actually encountered one, except in real life ;-) -- but didn't order it because he loses weight, so it seemed kind of pointless to me. Books about pudgy heroines who lose weight piss me off.

Date Posted: 6/25/2010 4:09 PM ET
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It's like those books where the plain heroine is actually an incredible beauty but just needed some polish, Willa! ;)  I've been watching this thread with interest, and am adding this title to the reminder list!

Date Posted: 6/25/2010 5:01 PM ET
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BTW).  Are all 9 wishers from the Love and Romance forum?

Probably:P  I put it on my WL too.   Sounded really interested to me.

Date Posted: 6/26/2010 3:05 AM ET
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yes, it does seem like a pudgy hero is there only to lose weight but the heroine does fall in love with him as a fatso, even if it was not a realistic love. I posted a review on GR. It was a long traditional regency rather than a HR. Nice but not keeper material.

 

I dont remember the end of THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY but I assume that the H kept the pudge in that one. All of the heroine's doting on his "soft pouch" was kinda off-putting to me tho.

 

Jude Deveraux sorta deals with the pudge in a few bks w/o actually having fat heroes. In THE RAIDER, the heroine ultimately decided that she loves her 300 pound invalid of a husband. Also, in bks like THE MAIDEN and THE CONQUEST, the heroines hate the Hs so much that they think their thick muscles are actually fat.



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Date Posted: 6/26/2010 10:57 AM ET
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I have the book on my TBR - guess I better read and post it!

Date Posted: 6/26/2010 12:55 PM ET
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yes, it does seem like a pudgy hero is there only to lose weight but the heroine does fall in love with him as a fatso, even if it was not a realistic love.

Oh, that sounds better then.

Yeah, I like it when authors write a fat character, but not when they fetishize it (or put down skinny characters.) It seems to be a fine line.

Date Posted: 6/27/2010 12:32 PM ET
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I posted mine, so the WL should go down by one anyway.

It was a pretty good book.  A sweet love story, with enough tension to keep it interesting.

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