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Subject: Trying to Find This Book: Does it sound familiar??
Date Posted: 11/16/2009 4:49 PM ET
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This search was posted on another site.  It sounds good, I'd like to find it for the original searcher, and for me!   Thanks for any suggestions:

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I am looking for the title and author of a romance book.  The setting is either old England or the Old West.  The beginning of the book starts at a ball.  A father comes in with his daughter.  The man is rich.  The daughter has a lame foot or leg which makes her awkward and shy.  The father tries to marry her off to some insensitive but handsome man.  During the ball another handsome rogue catches her as she stumbles and begins to worry about her and is attracted to her.  In another scene the father and the daughter and the insensitive suitor are coming down the steps.  The daughter stumbles and the rogue catches her just in time.  Eventually to two get together in a very sweet romance.  Anyone find this plot familiar?  Been looking forever for it.  Thanks for any help.

(It almost sounds like a Regency romance, doesn't it - but I don't know.)

 

 
 
Date Posted: 11/16/2009 9:25 PM ET
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Drat, I know that book......it escapes me at the moment though....I'll try to remember.....

Date Posted: 11/16/2009 11:33 PM ET
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When you find it, let me know too please!!!!  Sounds great!

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 8:08 AM ET
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I'd be interested in that one also - would be different from the usual perfect, beautiful heroine.

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 10:58 AM ET
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That sounds so familiar to me, too! Off to do some research.....

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 1:50 PM ET
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Did some searching and found a few that might be it:


Lord Nightingale's Love Song - H is supposed to have a limp

Agatha - H also has a limp

A Notorious Love - H also has a limp from Polio

After Innocence - Also limp from childhood illness


There is a huge list of damaged H/H books here

I had no idea there were that many, I thought it would be a pretty unique plot point.  - Any of these titles sound like it might be it?

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 2:03 PM ET
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Thank you for these suggestions - I will pass them along to the O/P and see what she says.  I really hope we can find this book - the plot twist sounds good.

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 3:03 PM ET
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sounds a little like "The Founding Father" by Diana Palmer. it is a novella in the book A Hero's kiss

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 3:47 PM ET
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It doesn't sound like After Innocence (assumign tha's the Brenda Joyce title.)

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 4:35 PM ET
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I've read After Innocence, and I didn't think it could be that one, but passed the title along to the O/P since you never know.   To me it sounds more like a Regency setting than anything else.    Have also passed along the Diana Palmer suggestion.

Date Posted: 11/18/2009 10:47 PM ET
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no luck with the search yet?  Sorry, just being nosey, my curiosity is killing me and I'm awful at trying to search for things on the computer!

Date Posted: 11/19/2009 10:11 AM ET
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There have been no further title suggestions, but the O/P remembered some more details:

"More I think I remember. The rake is dark haired, wearing the usual black with white shirt. The dandy suitor is blond and handsome and self-centered. I think the rake actually spots the heroine and asks her to dance because others are making fun of her behind her back. She refuses and he then takes her to get some refreshments where she stumbles and he catches her. The father is trying to get her wed and pushes the dandy at her. She is treated with indifference by the dandy but he is, indeed, eager for the fortune that she would bring. She doesn't feel she has any other choices, so puts up with his insensitivity. But the rake keeps looking out for her. The rake has a very jealous mistress and although he is wealthy, he is shunned by the ton. Now, with all that info, you would think I could remember the title or the author. But I can't ...sigh....It is driving me crazy as well. I can tell you it is not Diana Palmer...I have almost all her books. I also have many Jane Feather and Amanda Quick books. Thought it might be Teresa Medeiros...don't have many of hers and haven't checked out her complete bibliography. Any help woud save my mind. Thanks to you all for your input.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Date Posted: 11/19/2009 10:24 AM ET
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I put this out on another forum to see if I could get any other suggestions, and someone suggested "Halfway to Heaven" by Susan Wiggs. It doesn't sound like the book I was originally thinking of, but it might fit.

Here's the synopsis: 

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Although Wiggs's newest ... is set in Washington, D.C., during the late 19th century, there's a flavor of Regency England to this delightful romp. Wiggs takes the usual Regency personas a rake, a feisty heroine, snobbish society members and a dressmaker as gifted as any fairy godmother and instills them with depth and complexity. Abigail Cabot, the daughter of a senator and sister of a reigning beauty, is made clumsy by a deformed foot that she desperately tries to hide, especially from the object of her hidden affections, Lt. Boyd Butler, the vice-president's son. When Jamie Calhoun, a newly elected congressman with a dark secret in his past, discovers Abigail's feelings, he sets out to further the romance and win the political support of her father and the vice-president by transforming her into a desirable high society swan. The mousy Abigail turns out to have unsuspected dimensions, including a sharp mind, a quick tongue and a steadfast devotion to astronomy. Readers won't be surprised to find that the real romance develops between Abby and Jamie; the fun is seeing them fight both each other and their feelings every step of the way. With its lively prose, well-developed conflict and passionate characters, this enjoyable, poignant tale is certain to enchant.


Date Posted: 11/19/2009 10:59 AM ET
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To me, the details sound like a Regency - it always did, actually, even before she remembered more details.   But that S. Wiggs book sounds like a good read anyway!   I passed along the suggestion, too.  



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Subject: This book MAY have been found:
Date Posted: 11/20/2009 9:25 AM ET
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The original searcher thinks this book is, indeed, Susan Wiggs' Halfway to Heaven.  She ordered a copy to see.   If I hear anything else I will post again.    Thanks to all for your suggestions. 

Date Posted: 11/20/2009 11:11 AM ET
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Please let us know.  I would really love to read this book.  Great plot, and I really enjoy the stories where the H/H are not beautiful and perfect.

Date Posted: 11/21/2009 7:45 PM ET
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I've been told the Susan Wiggs book is excellent, anyway, even if it's not this searcher's book...

Another good read, w/less than perfect heroine, is Lord St. Claire's Angel by Donna Simpson - a Regency.   To the best of my memory, she had arthritis or rheumatism? and is a poor relation/companion treated badly? but the hero sees past all that.    Very sweet & nice story.     

  



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