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Subject: Help finding an older book.
Date Posted: 10/29/2008 12:34 PM ET
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I've been looking for a book I read years ago, but I don't have much to go on.

If someone has a good website that can help me find it, that would be great.

It is historical, but I can't recall the time period.  I know that the hero came back from a war and was in a wheelchair.  The heroine took care of him and eventually fell in love with him.  I recall she was married before or her husband was still gone, but she didn't know if he was dead or alive.  I was thinking the husband and hero were friends, but I could be wrong.  I remember crying a lot at the end. :-)

I know the author only wrote a few books and I was thinking her last name started with a C because I can picture where I got the book from in the library, but I haven't been able to find it.  The book was definitely an older hardback with an old looking cover.  Maybe 70s or early 80s.

 

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 12:54 PM ET
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European Historical, or American?  Also, can you remember which war?  That might help narrow it down.  You've probably see this list a thousand times, but the AAR site has the special title listings and I've found a few old books that way.  Here's the list for "less than perfect" heroes/heroines: http://www.likesbooks.com/disabled.html

There's also the two hanky reads list: www.likesbooks.com/tears.html

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 1:01 PM ET
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I honestly can't remember the time period, but I think it is American.  I am going to have to go hunt it down at the library sometime.

I do know that the house that the heroine lives in is significant to the book.  It might even be in the title.

Also, I seem to remember that one of the characters is sterile and cannot have children :-) 

I hope I am just not confusing more than one book.

Thanks for the link.



Last Edited on: 10/29/08 1:55 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/29/2008 5:10 PM ET
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I posted it on the Book Sleuth message board on Romantic Times. I hope someone knows what the title is, the book sounds really good!

http://www.romantictimes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19387

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 5:51 PM ET
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One name that shows up on cross-checking several of the characteristics you mentioned above, Kim, is Celeste DeBlasis.    She wrote more what I tend to think of these days as historical sagas.  Anyway, here's a list of her books from Amazon: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1

There is her "Swan's" trilogy, but I don't believe I ever read them - or at least, I don't recall it:P  But I think one or two of the books was American Civil War period, all three were released in hardcover and within the time period you're talking about, and the family's home was called "Swan's" something-or-other:P.  I know that another one of her books, The Tiger's Woman is on the AAR less than perfect list and has a handicapped hero, but I'm not clear on whether or not it's set around the Civil War, or whether the hero was in a wheelchair or not.  All you get from the list is that his name is Jason, and he "has a crippled leg".  Like I said, I'm really only mentioning her books as a possibility because some of the things you remember about it seem to fit.

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 7:10 PM ET
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Ok I stopped by the library and found the book.  Apparently, I didn't remember the book as well as I thought :-)

The book isn't even technically a romance, but it does have romance in it.

It is called The House of Vandekar by Evelyn Anthony.  http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/a/evelyn-anthony/house-of-vandekar.htm

I'm not sure why, but this book has always stuck with me.

 

Thanks to everyone for helping!