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Subject: How to find a book...
Date Posted: 8/12/2008 1:53 AM ET
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I'm looking for an older romance novel, but I can't remember the author or title. It seems like it's impossible to search for a book based on its description alone.

Does anyone know of a website where you can type keywords or a description to find the book? I've tried google, but it's come up with nothing.

Thanks!

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 6:35 AM ET
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Try here. Put a subject line of need title/autor for older romance book

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 8:08 AM ET
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I have a site that I use through work (that isn't available to non-patrons), give me as much info as you have...sometimes I find it right away and sometimes nothing...also, if you have an approximation as to when it was published..this helps narrow the search tremendously.  Even a 10 or 20 year span makes it easier.



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Date Posted: 8/12/2008 9:59 AM ET
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Thanks for offering to try April!

This is what I remember:  It was the first romance novel I ever read back when I was about 10 or 11 (so it's probably around 12-15 years old).

It's about a man and woman who each have their own daughters from previous relationships. I forget what the man does for a living, but the woman is involved with archeology. I'm thinking one of the girls's names is Cassie, but I could be wrong. The parents fight the attraction because the daughters can't stand that their parents might be in a relationship. Eventually, the heroine and the man's daugther go to some ruin (it might be an Aztec ruin), where the bad guys try to kill them. The heroine gets seriously injured and the hero's daughter has a sprained ankle. The hero and the woman's daughter end up rescuing the other two and they all live happily ever after.

I think they were looking at Montezuma's Well in the story (or maybe it was Montezuma's castle).

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 10:52 AM ET
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The best match so far is Heart of Fire by Linda Howard, it was published in 1997.  Let me know if this is the one, if not, I'll keep looking!

I just noticed the Montezuma Well hint...  I'll look further when I get back from lunch!



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Date Posted: 8/12/2008 11:54 AM ET
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It's not the book you linked, but thanks!

Date Posted: 8/13/2008 8:09 PM ET
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bump

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 4:26 PM ET
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There's a community on livejournal that is great with this:

http://community.livejournal.com/whatwasthatbook

They're great at remembering titles for you.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 5:15 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestion! I put it there...let's hope I get lucky :)

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 6:36 PM ET
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You might also try Loganberry's "Stump the Bookseller", which has a lot of librarian help and a fairly good track record.  They do a lot of children's books, but also other genre as well.  http://www.loganberrybooks.com/stump.html

Cheers,

Catt