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Subject: Maggie Osborne books
Date Posted: 3/22/2009 8:23 PM ET
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This listing is mostly for Jess, but also for anyone else who's thinking of trying her out & wondering where to start and all that.  I'm just putting in the ones I've read, so if I'm missing one, it's because I haven't gotten to it yet - I have everything now except for two HTF ones, Alexa and Portrait in Passion.

Foxfire Bride - A slightly gritty heroine who was born to better things, but due to some misfortunes had to get tough and fend for herself,  She's a scout/guide, and the hero hires her to take him across the mountains to Denver, where his father is being held for ransom.  Like many of her frontier stories, it's a trail/road romance, and quite good.  An A levelkeeper for me.

Prairie Moon - Just finished this one Friday.  Not one of her signature tough talking heroines, but she's definitely living in reduced circumstances after her husband is killed in the (Civil) war.  Hero shows up on her doorstep with her dead DH's belongings and a story to tell.  Don't want to post more due to spoilers.  I liked it, but there were parts of it that kind of stretched the imagination a little much.  Gave it a B.

The Bride of Willow Creek - Another one with a more cultured, well-to-do heroine.  Good, if you can live with the married young & separated for the last 10yrs, and he's been living with another woman thing.  She dies before the story begins, btw, so there's not that added conflict at least.  I enjoyed it and I think I graded it somewhere around a B+.

I Do, I Do, I Do - 3 heroines/heroes in one book, and only one of the heroines is what you'd call a rough girl.  This one is really cute.  It ranges from dramatic to lol hysterical, but the pacing is a little choppy, and the way she held the final conflict & resolutions of all 3 romances so that they played out more or less on the same page sort of bugged me.  I think something a little less ordered and more spontaneous would have worked better myself, but that's just MHO.  Gave it a B+.

Silver Lining - Definitely a tough, scruffy heroine.  She nurses everyone in a mining camp through smallpox & the one thing she wants in return is a baby.  Excellent book - a 5 hanky read.  A+.

A Stranger's Wife - Another scruffer:P  And a prison convict to boot.  Hero - who is a big time politician - gets her out of prison so she can impersonate his missing wife.  He & a friend get her cleaned up & teach her some manners, and blah-blah-blah.  A Pygmalion story, I suppose you could say.  It has it's moments, but I wasn't crazy about it.  C+.

The Best Man - A really great multiple hero/heroine western adventure romance - 3 couples again.  3 sisters set off on a cattle drive to prove they're fit to inherit their dead father's estate.  I loved it.  A+.

The Promise of Jenny Jones - A woman condemned to death for murder switches places with a terminally ill woman in exchamge for a promise to return her daughter to the girl's father in California.  Another A+ keeper, and yes, the heroine is scruffy:P

The Seduction of Samantha Kincade - She's a bounty hunter, so I'm sure you can tell what type of girl she is.  And she's hot on the trail of the hero's half-brother.  I liked it.  Graded it about an A-.

The Wives of Bowie Stone - Just an awesome book.  The heroine is an alcoholic, the town drunk basically, although she holds it together most of the time, even when she's drinking.  She marries the hero literally to get him off the gallows, and because she needs help to work her farm.  There's a secondary romance in this one that's equally good, and I don't say that often.  Definitely one of her best.  A+.

And I think that leaves Brides of Prairie Gold and Shotgun Wedding out of her western/frontier historicals, and I haven't read them yet:P  Like I said in the what are we reading thread, I'd space them out a little with other books so they don't get repetitious.  Especially the ones with the same type heroine.  Some of her books you can read back to back, but I think to get the most out of them they should be spaced out.

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 8:42 PM ET
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I'd like to add EMERALD RAIN to Kim's list. Just as Howard's HEART OF FIRE and Weir's AMAZON LILY are the quintessential contemporary jungle romances, Osborne's EMERALD RAIN is an awesome historical jungle romance.

He's an expatriot who has been assimilated into his new home; she's a prissy, lady-to-her-fingertips Englishwoman who travels to South America to find her father. She makes no concessions to the heat and humidity, demanding tea every afternoon even though it's over 100-degrees; she refuses to cut back on her heavy Victorian clothing to accommodate the heavy humidity; they clash all the time. Her characters are always so unusual and human and this book is no different. Awesome story, awesome author.

 

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 8:58 PM ET
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I Do, I Do, I Do - 3 heroines/heroes in one book, and only one of the heroines is what you'd call a rough girl.  This one is really cute.  It ranges from dramatic to lol hysterical, but the pacing is a little choppy, and the way she held the final conflict & resolutions of all 3 romances so that they played out more or less on the same page sort of bugged me.  I think something a little less ordered and more spontaneous would have worked better myself, but that's just MHO.  Gave it a B+.

 

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thanks so much, Kim.

the above is an example of what I mean by multiple storylines. I am wary. I really dont like stories like that.

 

My favorite historical jungle romance is SHADOW PLAY by Katherine Sutcliffe. It's also set in the amazon. its sexy and dangerous.

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 10:32 PM ET
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thanks! looks like I'll be ordering some of her stuff now..well I already did request silver linings but put at least 2 others on my reminder list!

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 10:45 PM ET
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Other than the two I mentioned - The Best Man & I Do, I Do, I Do - I don't know of any others that are like that, Jess.  I thought I wouldn't like it as well, but they're both good books aside from the pacing issues.  Things like dragging conflicts out between one or more of the couples, so they could all get their HEA on the same page.  And that seemed silly to me, when the stories would have a much smoother flow had she not been so determined to do it that way.  I personally wouldn't have cared if one romance resolved 10 pages ahead of the others, and those couples had taken a more passive role in the story until it was all wrapped up.  I understand that she didn't want any of them to come across as secondary romances, but I think all she accomplished was to make readers hyper-conscious of that, and so it really kinda backfired in a way.  It seemed a little strained.  I couldn't grade either of them down much for it though & still highly recommend both.  They're very unique & a lot of fun to read.

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 10:29 AM ET
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I just finished Shotgun Wedding not to long ago. The heroine is pregnant and unwed, a total scandal to her and her family's reputation.She's a young lady trying to be the new independant woman and not ever marry like society expects a young lady to do,until she finds herself pregnant by an outlaw gunslinger who seems hesitant to marry her, she refuses to tell her parents who has fathered her child. Wondering how she is going to raise a baby on her own, the new local sheriff comes to town and takes a liking to her. Knowing that she is pregnant by another the Sheriff still offers to marry her to save her reputation. The plot has a few twists and turns towards the end.

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 5:44 PM ET
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Thanks Kim!  I totally agree with you on Silver Lining and The Wives of Bowie Stone.  Awesome reads.  And I've added a few more to my TBR pile.

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 6:59 PM ET
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I loved Silver Lining too, it's on my keeper shelf.

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 7:43 PM ET
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I agree with you on Most of your ratings surprisingly lol . We seem to have different taste on other books :) My favorites are Silver Lining and Wives of Bowie Stone as well.  I read Silver Lining so many times I had to order another one for my keeper shelf.  The only ones I haven't read yet are Seductionof Samantha Kincade and  early ones. I love gritty takes no Sh*t heroines.