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Subject: Please help me remember this book
Date Posted: 2/6/2011 3:54 PM ET
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Man is given into marriage the pregnant daughter of the wealthy rancher he works for.  The baby is not his and the woman is forced to marry him.  She does not hate or dislike him, she just thinks she is in love with the man who knocked her up. 

His history is that he is the bastard son of a man who makes him sleep in the barn and abuses him because his wife won't let him in the house when he becomes an orphan.  He has two half brothers that hate him and of course of the three he is the better, more successful man.

He takes his new bride to his property and they make a life for themselves but when the babydaddy comes around she leaves him for the other guy and takes the little boy.  There are range wars and the brothers end up getting killed through their own greed and meaness.

He ends up rescueing them from the dandy and bringing them back to his ranch. 

I can't get my book archive to work and I want to re-order this book.   It is probably a Harliquine or other romance book.

 

 

Date Posted: 2/6/2011 4:02 PM ET
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Parts of what you wrote made me think of Lorraine Heath's SWEET LULLABY. Wrenching book, beautifully told.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/Sweet-Lullaby-Homespun-Lorraine-Heath/book/1557739870/

But it's been so long since I read it I'm hazy on some things.

Gail

Date Posted: 2/6/2011 4:25 PM ET
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A few details are off, but it's absolutely Sweet Lullaby - I just read it.



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Date Posted: 2/6/2011 9:33 PM ET
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Yes, it is.  I would have never found it.  Thanks so much.  Is your copy up for swap, Willa?  It is on my wish list.  Thanks so much, Gail.

Date Posted: 2/6/2011 9:36 PM ET
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...I hope the heroine is less of an aggravating twit then she sounds from the description ya'll gave because she sounds dreadful!

Date Posted: 2/6/2011 9:43 PM ET
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The heroine is definitely a bit of a challenge, which is part of what makes the story memorable. But she's not really a bad person and learns her lesson.

Date Posted: 2/6/2011 11:30 PM ET
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The author really tries to get you to understand that her behavior is such a product of her sheltered, spoiled upbringing.  She is nice enough and isn't in any way a bitch or disrespectful of the hero, she just doesn't realize the other guy is a user jerk until she leaves with him.

Date Posted: 2/7/2011 2:26 AM ET
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I'd say it's more that she didn't realize how much she'd grown to love the hero, and what a far better man he is.

Date Posted: 2/7/2011 10:33 AM ET
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"She is nice enough and isn't in any way a bitch or disrespectful of the hero"

 

Okay, that's what I was hoping to hear. The book sounds interesting but I hate the taming of the shrew type books where the heroine really is a genuinely horrible shrew.

Date Posted: 2/7/2011 8:30 PM ET
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No, NO , NO.  No taming of the shrew here.     but I think Willa's description of the relationship is actually more to the point:   I'd say it's more that she didn't realize how much she'd grown to love the hero, and what a far better man he is.    

All in all, I found it to be a very emotionally satisfying read and I would like to reread it.