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Subject: is there a way to search for a romance when you don't know the author or ti
Date Posted: 3/16/2009 1:43 PM ET
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I know the storyline, it was a Harlequin Presents,  at least 10 years old, and the main character's name was Lacey.  The hero was a concert pianist.  Lacey had left him because he neglected her.  then his playing was off and he persuaded her to come to his beach house and help him figure out what was wrong with his playing.  Then his younger sister and her friends showed up, not realizing he was using the house, and they all shared it.  Does this ring a bell for anyone, or does anyone know how/where I could search for this?  My sister and I remember reading it and she would like it again, so I'm trying to find it to give her for a present.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 2:01 PM ET
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I always look to see if the plot falls into one of AAR's special title listings here: www.likesbooks.com/lists.html

With it being an HP, I dunno if it would be anywhere on that list though.  Fiction Database has a pretty extensive HP backlist here though:  www.fictiondb.com/series/harlequin-presents~HP~s.htm You have to sort of search through them individually to look at the synopsis & all that, but if you know roughly when it would have been released you can bypass looking at individual pages & go to the section that is in that same time period - for instance 1998 starts at about page 10.  If you can remember the cover, that would also help since they have cover images there.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 2:54 PM ET
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There are resources like FictionDB where you can do a search of words that would appear in the blurb on the back of the book.  You have to have a membership (I think) to do that kind of search, though.  Your description has a lot of specific detail so that could work for you. 

There are people with resources like these who help people when they post at Romantic Times or at  Abe Books on their Book Sleuth threads.  I have received a lot of help there over the years.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 4:07 PM ET
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Jeanne, I've posted your question on my harlequinpresents list at Yahoo - dedicated HP fans there, maybe someone can come up with an answer for you.

Date Posted: 3/19/2009 11:17 AM ET
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Thanks, Gail!

Thanks for the fiction database site! I knew there had to be something like that out there.  I am slowly going through the list, backwards from the latest I think it could be!


Thanks all for your help!


Date Posted: 3/19/2009 10:21 PM ET
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I definately suggest AbeBooks.com  book sleuth