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I am searching for some old favorites and would love some help!
Book 1: I'm almost positive this is a harlequin or silhouette. The lady is in a typing pool and she takes and leaves his work on his desk before leaving for the evening. She stops to look at a photograph and he scares her when he comes in. She drops the photograph and as she is picking it up she makes a comment like "is this you and a cousin?" .... He talks to her and tells her he wants her to accompany him to a family wedding. I can't remember if he asks or tells he she has to go or loose her job for snooping in his office. Anyway, typical harlequin of course, they fall in love, etc. and at the end of the story it is revealed to her that the family has a myth/legend/or something along those lines that you marry the one that can tell the twins apart. The photo had been of him and his identical twin brother.
Book 2: I'm almost positive this one would have been in with a group of other short stories. A man living on his families property has nieces and nephews coming to visit for the weekend and he resents it. He works hard to keep the ranch/farm going and resents when they all come and lay around for the weekend. A friend accompanies one of his relatives and he falls for her instantly. He somehow knows she recently had heart surgery and is fragile, even though his relatives do not. She apparently was a sickly child and the only girl in a large family of boys and was always cossetted. This is her first real trip away from family. There is a struggle as he wants her to stay with him but knows she has never really been given a chance to live her own life.
Thank you so much!
Hmm. Google is saying the "tell the twins apart" thing is from the story "The Matchmakers" in _The Invitation_, but the plot summary doesn't sound right. Of course, Deveraux may well have used this line/device more than once. It's also in _Sweet Liar_, which is about the brother of the twin in "The Matchmakers" IIRC.
ETA - from what I'm reading, it sounds like she did use it many, many times.
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