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Subject: Does this sound familiar?
Date Posted: 3/6/2009 6:08 AM ET
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I have bits of a book rumbling around in my head, and I NEED to re-read it. Unfortunately, I can't remember title or author, so I hope someone here can help. I beleve it's a stand alone, not a series and it is a contemporary. A couple marry a few years after the guy's first wife dies since he wants a mom for his kids. She has been his best friend forever, and secretly in love with him and is happy to marry him. The oldest, a daughter, resents her but the little boy thinks she's great. She gets pregnant, unplanned and is worried about his reaction...

Does this ring any bells? It's driving me crazy! Debbie

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 7:06 AM ET
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That fits a number of books I know I have read! 

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 7:04 PM ET
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I remember she gets into her car in bad weather near the end because of an argument/misunderstanding and gets in a crash in the snow ...he may not have known she was pregnantand I can't remember what happened after that! Aaarggh. Debbie

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 7:20 PM ET
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Well? Does someone know?!?!?  <<stamping impatiently>> lol The book sounds good, I want to read it too! :)



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Date Posted: 3/6/2009 7:56 PM ET
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Sounds kind of like something Linda Howard would have written in her early days, but not sure.

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 8:20 PM ET
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reminds me of a barbara delinsky but that one the guy didn't have a kid..she got preggers and he was unhappy about it and kinda mean about it...hm...drawing a blank!

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 8:34 PM ET
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That's a bit like Sarah's Child by Linda Howard but he didn't have any living children.

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 8:46 PM ET
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Why do I remember these bits but not the title or author!

Daughter is 12-13ish, son is like 5-7. I think I have all the Linda Howard books and I don't think she wrote it (but if it will keep me from waking up about it tonight, I'll be checking!!) Debbie

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 10:02 PM ET
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the only authors Ican think of that write with children are Debbie Macomber and Linda Lael Miller - off the top of my head at least, except for some inspirational romances...oops and some of the harlequin superromances and american romance..christenberry writes with kids and I think kathryn shay..



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Date Posted: 3/7/2009 8:54 PM ET
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Does anyone have a copy of Debbie Macomber's Stand In Wife to check for me? I thought there were only 2 kids, but since I can't remember title or author, we can't really trust my memory entirely! Maybe this is the one, and if it is many thanks to Susanna S for pointing me in the right direction...Debbie

Date Posted: 3/7/2009 11:32 PM ET
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It's not Linda Howard, but I'll be interested to see what the title is!

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 9:13 AM ET
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This is the back blurb of Stand-in Wife:

Paul Manning, a grieving widower with three small children, turns to Leah Baker for help and comfort.  When that comfort begins to grow into something else, Paul discovers that he wants more than a STAND-IN WIFE.

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 1:59 PM ET
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From an Amazon review, the heroine is the late wife's sister... does that fit your memory?

Date Posted: 3/9/2009 1:15 PM ET
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I know they had been the best of friends, but I don't recall that he was her brother-in-law as well. I'll have to read it I guess (not exactly a hardship, as long as I can find a copy in a deal - naturally I don't have credits!!!) Thank you to everyone for your help! Debbie

Date Posted: 3/9/2009 3:34 PM ET
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try posting on romantictimes.com. in the forums they havea  book sleuth forum. it's free to join and post

Date Posted: 3/24/2009 5:35 PM ET
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I'll try that, since I finally located a copy of the Stand-In Wife - it was a good book, but not the one I'm thinking of! Bummer! Debbie

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 7:58 AM ET
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Someone on the romantictimes forum suggested it might be Ginna Gray's story in Silhouette Christmas Stories 1987, Season of Miracles. If that's it, I must have read the library book since I don't have it! Does anyone here have a copy?  I can't believe how much I've been thinking about this -  It's making me crazy! Debbie

Date Posted: 3/30/2009 3:27 PM ET
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Does anyone have this on their shelf? Our library doesn't have it, and I'd like for someone that has helped with this "quest" to get the book credit!

Debbie

Date Posted: 3/30/2009 4:56 PM ET
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I'll check but you might hunt up the thread on here 'is this book on your bookshelf' and post there..it's usually on the first page.

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 5:46 AM ET
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I'll do that - thanks for the suggestion! Debbie