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Subject: A second chance at the first romance novel I ever read
Date Posted: 10/31/2010 9:16 PM ET
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Hello all -

I'm looking for a specific title/author and I cannot for the life of me remember either.  I do remember quite a bit about the plot, however.  Maybe someone can help?

I read this book sometime between 1998-2000 and I feel like it was published in the early 1990s and wasn't a Harlequin.  It was an historical romance, set in England, somewhere in the countryside.  The heroine's name was Catherine (pretty sure) and she married a much older, titled man.  Their relationship wasn't the focus.  He offered to marry her because their families were friends and she needed protection and he could use an heir - although they didn't end up having children and it was alluded to that he was gay.  The main attraction was between Catherine (?) and the man who turned out to be her husband's heir.  This man was presumed lost in America for many years and returned after being given up for dead.  He was a naturalist and made drawings of plants/wildlife, etc.  Anyway, he returns from the dead to claim his inheritance and there's some friction between he and Catherine - they had met at some point before she was married to his uncle and did not think well of her.  He acts like he hates her and she believes her truly does, although they are attracted to each other.  She moves out the house and into the dowager duchess's cottage/house.  At the very end of the story they have carnal relations there and she thinks he means to ruin her, but really he admits to loving her after all.  

There is also something about a mystical ruined abbey.  And maybe an accident in a thunderstorm that may have taken the husband's first wife - I think she took shelter in the abbey and a wall collapsed.  

Does any of this ring any bells for anyone?  I've been trying to find this book for years without success.  

 

Thanks, 

Lisa

Date Posted: 11/3/2010 11:57 AM ET
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Hi Lisa:   I'm sorry I don't recognize your book, but I took the liberty of posting it at Abebooks.com "booksleuth" in the hopes that someone there might recognize it & provide a title.   I'll post it if that happens.

Edited to say:  no responses to date, but am keeping an eye on the abebooks.com post. 



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Date Posted: 11/14/2010 4:21 PM ET
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Thanks so much!  I didn't know such a thing (Book Sleuth) existed.  

Date Posted: 11/14/2010 4:59 PM ET
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romantictimes.com has a forum section and book sleuth is one of the forums..they're pretty good sometimes as well. the only book with a naturalist was one of Elizabeth Hoyt's but the rest of the storyline isn't at all the same and it wasn't that long ago either. I think I'm down to 2 sentimental books that I can't find anywhere either! the others bit by bit someone has solved for me though it took a year for one!

Date Posted: 11/15/2010 8:25 AM ET
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This sounds so familiar. It was either that the rumor was that the abby was haunted or she was told by someone never to go there. I can't remember what was going on in the abby. I think it was a secret meeting place for smuggler's or something like that. I believe the first wife was murdered there and then I think the heroine was out for a walk and got caught in storm or it got too dark to walk back.. I believe that someone came in the abby and attacked her late at night. I just can't remember the title, author and I can't remember if the heroine's name was Catherine. I do know that it wasn't set in the US.

Date Posted: 11/15/2010 9:06 AM ET
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I think I've read it but I don't know the title or author, sorry.

Date Posted: 11/15/2010 12:24 PM ET
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I have read that one!   let me search my BIR list and my amazon account list.

Date Posted: 11/29/2010 8:34 PM ET
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Thanks for all the help, but I'm still looking!  I don't know what I will actually do when I find it (although probably read it and keep a copy forever) but this is the closest I've been in years.  

Date Posted: 12/1/2010 5:40 PM ET
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No one ever responded to the Abebooks booksleuth query.    Kind of a shame, I really thought someone there would know this title. 

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 8:05 AM ET
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I know. I've been going through my lists and books and still haven't figured out what the title is.

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 10:50 AM ET
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The Smart Bitches Trashy Books site gets a lot of hits. Have you thought about submitting it to them?

Date Posted: 12/4/2010 3:37 PM ET
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The only one that I can think  right now is Connie Brockway's Promise Me Heaven. It's a May/December romance and the heroine's name is Catherine (Cat). Now I can't even remember what the book was about. It's been such a long time since I read it.