This is one of those that I'd read and enjoyed, then gave to charity--and now I wish I HADN'T! At any rate, it was fairly well-written as cheeseball romances go (heh...)
The focus of the book is a single father living in a mansion in the South *just* an eyeblink after the Civil War with his young son. (Reason I place it during that time period is the book never mentions slaves, but then I don't suppose it would...) A woman tries to burglarize the house to steal some valuable jewelry (I *think* it's jewelry...Artifacts of some extraction) and he keeps her there so she won't cause him any more trouble. Naturally, she vows not to fall in love with him but does, anyway. Warm fuzzies ensue.
* I know for a fact the son is a young child, under say 8 years old, and is still pining for his dead mother
* The father is described as tall with blond or strawberry-blond hair.
* There may be a scene involving ordering cloth/buttons from a general store.
* The father keeps a shrine to his dead wife in a room that was once hers, or perhaps the son's playroom. The new love opens it and finds it all dusty. Eventually, I *think* that becomes their child's nursery... (LONG time since I've read this book...)
* The woman climbs a column or a trellis to enter the home the first time and is forced to come in through the man's bedroom.
* One of them falls *OUT* of said window during a pursuit. (Ouch!) I think it's the woman, but I can't be sure.
* I also can pin this book to a time period because of the early use of, euphemistically, "French letters", as the hero calls them. Really! It's in the book!
Anyway, any help is as always appreciated, and thanks in advance!