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Subject: Wives of Bowie Stone!
Date Posted: 1/18/2010 5:50 PM ET
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Wow! Can't remember who here recommended this to me - but THANK YOU! I'm loving this book:-)

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 6:10 PM ET
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I really loved it too! Loved Rosie and Bowie.

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 6:12 PM ET
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Pretty much every single one of her books is a winner to me. Have you tried Silver Lining? That is my all time fav of hers.

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 6:50 PM ET
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Silver Lining is my absolute favorite too.  The Promise of Jenny Jones is also a really close second.

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 6:54 PM ET
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I ordered Silver Lining earlier today lol! The Promise of Jenny Jones looks like something I would love however its not currently in the system so I wish listed it! This is my first Maggie Osborne and I'm really, really pleased. I see a long night ahead of me;)

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 7:16 PM ET
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I've yet to read a Maggie Osborne I didn't love.

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 8:16 PM ET
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Margaret - be prepared to laugh!!  Brilliant writing, you can't put these books down. 

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 9:46 PM ET
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It might have been me that recommended it.  I usually recommend it when someone asks about western/frontier romances.  It's funny, because I just took a copy over to my sister tonight... and picked up the copy of Silver Lining that I had loaned her last week.  Was thinking I'd take her The Promise of Jenny Jones next week.

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 10:51 PM ET
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I think it might have been you Kim - thanks so much. Its just fabulous! I'm going to have to see if I can get my hand on the The Promise of Jenny Jones.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 7:15 AM ET
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My favorites by her are The Bride of Willow Creek, The Best Man, and Brides of Prairie Gold.  You should just order everything she's written----you won't be sorry.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 7:16 AM ET
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Oh, and in Bowie Stone, I think I remember loving the secondary romance more than the main h/h.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 1:53 PM ET
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I also love this author.  Just finished The Best Man and loved it!  I am going to have to buy a copy of Jennie Jones because I can't wait to read it.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 2:35 PM ET
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I have a bunch of her books, but have been nervous about starting them for some reason. Must get down to it.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 3:21 PM ET
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Oh Willa - you must! I was up till the wee hours of the morning reading Bowie. The writing is fabulous - not a dull or uneven moment. So far its heartwrenching AND humorous. The characters are very real - not perfect physically or psychologically. I too now have to buy The Promise of Jenny Jones. I'm going to go check out ebay lol.

Just wanted to add that she reminds me a bit of Lavyrle Spencer who I also adore. So if you are a LS fan - you will be very pleased.



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Date Posted: 1/19/2010 5:59 PM ET
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Because of this thread, I found The Promise of Jenny Jones at the Library today.  These are the types of threads that I love - with good recommendations.  Even though my TBR pile is growing - I still pick up some books at the Library to add to my readings.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 8:08 PM ET
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You guys inspired me and I started The Wives of Bowie Stone.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 8:23 PM ET
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Yes, it was Kim that recommended Maggie Osborne to me.  And I just received my copy of Silver Lining!  I will be up all night. 

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 8:40 PM ET
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I'll go to the UBS where I got most of my Maggie Osborne books this weekend & see if they have any of the WL ones.  I had an ARC copy of Jenny Jones here somewhere, but I can't find it now.  Maybe I already gave it away or something - I just can't remember.  I'll yell if I find it.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 9:09 PM ET
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Oh do let us know what you find Kim lol!!

Can I just say that I am now CRYING over a very tragic thing that just happened in the book. Really - I rarely cry when reading books - I know it will end well but oh goodness how very sad!!! Those of you who read it will likely know which part I'm talking about.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 9:11 PM ET
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Yeah Willa! You will have to update us.

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 1:11 AM ET
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I am sooo irritated with myself for reading ahead and spoiling the surprises. :-\

Subject: Spoilers
Date Posted: 1/20/2010 6:51 AM ET
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I finished last night! Definitely on my keeper shelf. I adored this book - now up there as one of my all time favorites. I do have one small complaint. I think Rosie forgives Bowie much too easily  - it seems out of character. I don't think she would get over that betrayal so easily.

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 9:27 AM ET
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Margaret -- yes, I agree.  I remember that was what I wound up not liking about the ending.  Rosie was completely out of character at the end.

And yes, I found Maggie Osborne years ago after reading everything LS ever wrote.  LS is still my all time favorite and I re-read her stuff all the time because nothing is ever as good as her.

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 11:15 AM ET
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That's the one thing I didn't like about Bowie Stone myself.  Not even so much that she gets over it so easily, but that he does it in the first place.  I'm such an inforgiving woman though.  Ask my DH; I keep an injury list:P  The thing he does isn't so horrendous though.  I expect if she hadn't written it in there then people would have had a problem with the unresolved plot thread.  At that point it's just a question of whether she's going to resolve the conflict quickly, or write a couple of chapters of Bowie grovelling at the end:P  I don't recall offhand anything by Maggie Osborne that I thought was perfect.  Maybe Jenny Jones.  I can't remember atm if I had any quibbles, but I don't think I did.  Just for FYI to anyone who is considering glomming her books - I did and it's one of the very few I'm glad of.  I had most of them before I ever read the first one & like Willa, it seemed like it took me forever to start on them.  Just a quick list & what I think about them in general:

Silver Lining  - One of her best; I think I gave it an A+.  Very emotional.  The internal conflict was a stew though, & not easily resolved, but she writes it exceedingly well.  It's the kind of conflict that makes me cringe going in with most books, but this one is a definite exception - and the resolution is well worth the buildup.

The Bride of Willow Creek - Good.  I believe I rated it A or A-.  I think I was annoyed with the hero for a lot of it, but his actions are fairly understandable.

The Wives of Bowie Stone - Excellent, solid A.  I knocked off a point for the ending that irked me just a tad, but I wasn't really all that irked, for the reasons I stated above.  It was a plot thread that needed resolution, and I think she just opted to do it quickly & wrap up the story, rather than drag it out for a chapter or two, so it worked.

Prairie Moon  - Pretty good, but I thought she could have done a lot more with it & the resolution just didn't quite ring true for me.  A-.

Brides of Prairie Gold - Decent, but a little corny.  Not my favorite, but not a total waste of time either.  B+

The Promise of Jenny Jones - Another one of my favorites.  A+.  One of her best tough, gritty heroines with a heart of gold, IMO, and I liked the storyline a lot.

Yankee Princess - I have it but haven't read it yet.

Foxfire Bride - A-.  Really enjoyed it. Another fiesty tomboy heroine, but I think I read it too close to Jenny Jones to appreciate it 100% in it's own right, and it seemed just a little repetitous to me, although there is some good character development going on as the book progresses.  I think this was when I really started advocating spacing out your Maggie Osborne books:P

The Best Man - Very entertaining.  It's a classic cattle drive story, very reminiscent of old western/cowboy films.  Three main couples, which she also does in I Do, I Do, I Do, but she seems to juggle it a little bit more smoothly here.  It's not without bumps though, and I think she overworks her conflicts in this type of story so that all of the internal conflicts resolve at the end, which I think makes the pacing a little uneven.  I believe I gave it an A-, but I'm not 100% sure.

Shotgun Wedding  - Not her best stuff, IMO, but worth a read.  I'd say B level.

I Do, I Do, I Do - Brilliant at times, but again the thing with the pacing...  Just a little too regimentally paced, I guess you could say.  I do like the idea of three heroines/heroes, and I think she does it extremely well, but she does have that tendency to drag out conflicts so that the HEAs come all at once, at the end of the book, and I think she would have done better to play them out with a little less restraint.  A stupid misunderstanding is still stupid, even when you can rationalize it:P  It has some very hysterical moments in it though.  I about wet myself laughing several times, and these were mostly love scenes that were so hilarious, which was pretty cool.

A Stranger's Wife - Myeh.  C+ to B- for me.  It just never really got as engrossing as it promised to be, IMO.

The Seduction of Samantha Kincade  - Don't read it too close to Foxfire Bride & Jenny Jones, and you'll love it:P  Again with the tough, gritty heroine, but Samantha is really a great character in her own right, & I liked the hero.  Gave it an A.

Alexa  - Still wishing for it:P

Lady Reluctant  - Old skool & not a western.  Doesn't even read like Osborne, but it's not bad.

Portrait in Passion - Have a very old copy that *someone* gave me, but I haven't read it yet.

Salem's Daughter - Another oldie from her pre-western days.  It's not terrible; sort of reminiscent of Pamela Clare (Colonial period), but not nearly as good.  Maybe a C+.

Rage to Love  - Haven't read it yet.

Emerald Rain - Another pre-western.  Not bad; the storyline is actually pretty good.  It's set in the Amazon & has some very unique qualities, & I liked the H&H, but fair warning: It's corny as hell:P

Flight of Fancy - Have it but haven't read it yet.  Another oldie.

Chase the Heart/At The Queen's Command  - Ditto.

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 3:16 PM ET
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Wow Kim - thanks! I think I'm going to start glomming lol:-



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