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Subject: The One Book You Regret...
Date Posted: 8/15/2007 2:52 PM ET
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letting go of?

We all have those favorite reads that we let go of.  You know that one book that you read a million times because you loved the story so much that you loaned the book out to someone else.  What was that book?

Mine was a Silhoutte Desire that came out when they first started releasing the series.  Al lI can remember about the book was it was the guy's name was Adam and he was set up by his mother or grandmother to date this girl.  I loaned the book out to a friend and could never find it again.  I'm hoping one day that it just pops up on here and make my day.

Date Posted: 8/15/2007 6:58 PM ET
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I have re-bought James Herriott's books more than once after losing or lending.  There was a book about a mummy who becomes a man ... got it from the library, and have tried to find it a million times since.  Never have.

Date Posted: 8/15/2007 7:12 PM ET
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I can't bare to let go of a book I love.  Will not loan them out.

Jennifer, start a new post about the book you're looking for.  Someone may be able to figure out the title for you.

Date Posted: 8/15/2007 9:13 PM ET
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The Crystal Creek series from Harlequinn in the mid 1990's, i used to order them thru the mail. There was quite a few in the whole series and i enjoyed them all. I sold them all in a rummage sale because we lived in a small house and i needed to declutter. I wished i had kept them now!

Date Posted: 8/15/2007 9:26 PM ET
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My collection of D.E. Stevenson books. She was a Scots writer who wrote about people in England and Scotland during/after WWII.  Gentle romances.

Her books were reissued in the 70s and I collected as many as I could find (probably a couple dozen).  When my oldest son was born, I left my home for 4 months (long, involved story).  When I returned, my aunt's stepson was living in my home (I rented from her) and he'd tossed out all my books and a few other things that were irreplaceable.

Date Posted: 8/15/2007 10:32 PM ET
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I'm not overly worried about the book.  I'm sure I'll find it as I'm cleaning out boxes for a huge sale that my husbands daycare is having.  I probably still have the book, just dont realize it.

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 10:36 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/16/2007 1:52 PM ET
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The Raven Prince - Elizabeth Hoyt.  But the Serpent Prince has recently been release and is being shipped to me by Amazon.com

Date Posted: 8/18/2007 12:53 PM ET
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I wish I had thought to collect the D.E. Stevenson books!  I had picked up a couple at library sales, but silly me thought they would be in the local library system forever.  Must have been 15-20 of them when I first read them through.  There have been several great books I found at the library that have since been discarded.    That's how I "lost" books I loved.

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 8:04 AM ET
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Lisa Kleypas' A Devil in Winter

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 6:54 PM ET
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mine is the mariners bride by bronwyn williams.  I loaned it to my MIL.  She very kindly loaned it to a friend and I never saw it again.  When I found pbs I asked for help to find the author and title and you all came through for me!!  I now have 2 copies on my keeper shelf.  One i can loan, one I wont!  LOL

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 1:42 AM ET
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I have at least 4 that I want back.  It would help if I could remember the titles!     Book 1- A old HQN romance book where the hero only dated women who looked like his first wife that had died. It was kind of creepy because the lady in the story did now know this and after they got married he would not let her go into one of the locked rooms, turns out that he has kept his first wife room the same for years.

Book two- HQN presents book about lady that was sleeping with her boss who did not anyone to know about them. He then turns around and go out with another woman and the lady finds out and dumps him. She of couse now have a bun in the oven but won't have anything to to with him.  I loved all the sucking up and groveling he had to do! :) FOUND!

Book2- I beleive is a HQN Women who Dare book- The lady see a murder happen and go to the FBI. They put her in a safe house and one of the guys that is watching her is crooked. He kills the other FBI person. She run, she go to her best friend who runs a school. Because the lady looks young she is placed in school. She and one of her teachers like each other and they try to hide it. They get caught in a closet by one of the cleanersFOUND

Book 3-Is an old Thea Devine book that is out of print. I can't remeber the title for the life of me *sigh*  The lady is young and live on a ranch with her dad and stepmother. The guy that lives next to them wants her and the dad let the guy have her. She fight him every step of the way. She even plays like she can not move her legs to try to keep him away.  The dad dies and the lady and greedy step-mom move in with the hero. The book is Very STEAMY!! FOUND

Book 4- The lady ran away from home and gets a hotel room. Turns out that she was placed in the same room with the hero. The hero thinks that she is a hooker and sleeps with her the whole night. Something happens and she ends up a slave on his plantation and has his baby.  He sleeps with the female that lives next door and the lady. He treats the lady like crap. At the end he finds out the lady have money and comes from a good home. Fabio is on the cover.

If I ever get any of these books aqain I will never let them go!!

Thank you everyone who helped me find some of these books! You guys are great!

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Date Posted: 8/23/2007 8:32 AM ET
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Ani and Adrianne -

I have one of D. E. Stevenson's books, CELIA'S HOUSE, posted.  It's a hardback w/dustcover, 1977 edition, that came from my late mother's huge collection of books.  I think I had to post it without an ISBN.  I had someone request the book, but in her Requestor Conditions, she said she didn't want older books.(?)  I assumed this one qualified as an "older book."

Also, when I did a search of D. E. Stevenson's books here at PBS, my posted book didn't appear.  It's under her full name:  Dorothy Emily Stevenson. 


Date Posted: 8/23/2007 8:36 AM ET
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I'll admit I'm a hoarder.  if I really like a book I don't let it go.  altho' I have fouind that sinces joining this great place I have been getting rid of more than usual...I guess cuz there is so many for me to choose from now that I am getting pickier with my keepers. 

Date Posted: 8/26/2007 4:44 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/26/2007 10:09 PM ET
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Jan, I sent you a PM regarding your DE Stevenson book.  If it's not been requested yet, you might want to change it from her full name to her initials as that is how her books were generally listed.  The book may not be found under her full name.

Celia's House is one of the two Stevensons I do have.  Another member here had a copy and let me know so I could request it.  As it is one of my favourites, I was delighted!

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 8:19 PM ET
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This is my first time in this forum, but I loved this question! I found this thread while searching the forums for D. E. Stevenson fans.

I had to get rid of several book collections when we moved across country last time. Since joining PBS has made it so much easier to find old favorites, I started looking for DES books again. They don't stay in the system very long! One book has a 15 person WL line, so there must be a few of us fans here!! I've gotten a couple of her books from other members of the DES book discussion Yahoo group.

Sara Ware Bassett was another collection that got left behind. Her books are set on Cape Cod. They were MUCH easier to find when we lived in Connecticut. Imagine that!!

I've just about got all of the Lucy Walker books, since a member here was wonderful enough to make me a deal after I ordered the first 6 she had posted. There were about 20 in the box, some unpostable, but still very readable! Her books are set in Australia.

The lost books that upset me the most though, were my complete set of Happy Hollister mystery books. Most of them had the dust covers with the colorful, lively pictures of the kids. When my parents divorced during my teen years, they were left at my dad's. Next I knew, they had been boxed up and moved to shed that had developed a roof leak.

I just completed my collection of them and my kids are enjoying them now! The last book in the series can be hard (and expensive!) to find, but there was a sweet lady whose kids had out grown them, and she sold them to me as a set.

I'm SO glad that I took all of my Nancy Drew books with me! Some of them were the older blue covers. Some of these stories were changed drastically for the yellow editions that I grew up with!!

Wow! Instead of naming a lost book, it looks like I've written a new one...

Shutting up!!


PS...Boy am I glad that I checked for a connection before clicking submit!!

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 9:09 PM ET
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The two books that you listed as #2  The Presents where she is sleeping with the boss, I think that might be A Question Of Pride by Michelle Reid.

The other one I am pretty sure is The Wallflower by Jan Freed, a Superromance.  There is a good review of it over at All About Romance, which might help you decide if it is the one.  It fits all the details you gave.

Date Posted: 3/16/2008 12:50 PM ET
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I have never loaned a book I didn't get back, and I thought about this forever, I can't recall giving up anything I badly missed and/or couldn't replace either.  I've put some very nice out of print WL books into the system here, and realized later I probably could have sold them for a little bit of profit, but I don't regret doing it.  I have traded off a few books at the UBS in the past that I decided later I should have kept for one reason or another, but all of them were fairly easy & inexpensive to replace.

Date Posted: 3/16/2008 1:49 PM ET
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Karen - your book about the Mummy reminds me of Anne Rice's Ramses.



Date Posted: 3/16/2008 2:04 PM ET
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Thank you, Susan!

Date Posted: 3/16/2008 6:14 PM ET
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Thank You Bronwyn!! Those are the books! :)  I ordered both of them on here!

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Date Posted: 3/19/2008 1:05 PM ET
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I let the Raven Prince (E. Hoyt) slip away and it was a brand new copy I had just bought too!  Sure wish I had held onto it, but I was eager to increase my tbr pile.   Just ordered another copy, though. 

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Date Posted: 3/19/2008 4:16 PM ET
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I let go all of my original LaVyrle Spencer books not realizing that one day I would become a re-read-aholic.

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 6:19 PM ET
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I regret ever getting rid of any Mary Balogh books I've had however, I'm reading one I got from here: Simply Love, and you know, I'm going to repost it anyway. Because even though I'd reread it, I am slowly but surely learing to let go of books and share them with others. Oh and my Patricia Veryan books but once again, I'm happy they're out there somewhere being read!