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April # H 1
After a move several years back, I lost a romance novella (candle
light or harlequin type) I would so love to find again. A young
woman marries a duke. Jealous relatives of him try to sabotage the
marriage. First they find his bastard children in the hopes this
would shock the woman into leaving her husband but she is very kind
and welcomes them in their home. When the woman is pregnant, she
wants to write her husband a love letter but she cant read
and cant write. She takes lessons with two teachers. The jealous
relatives find out and bribe the teachers into drugging the young
woman and undressing her, in which state her husband finds her.
Positive that his wife cheated on him, he demands a divorce. On
the way to court people throw stones at the woman in disgust. The
love letter turns up and is shown to the husband and he stops the
divorce. The woman nearly dies in childbirth because she is convinced
her husband will take her child away and leave her so she fights
In the end they live happily ever after of course
SOLVED! A reader says this is
TO CATCH A COUNTESS by Patricia Grasso, and it's the same book as
H #15 this month.. The second paragraph sounds like POTENT PLEASURES
by Eloisa James.
April # H 2
A marquise with a title but no money marries a young mousy woman
for her fortune. Shes a great painter and theres a childhood
friend whos in love with her. The marquise sees through her
mousy appearance and falls in love with her.
SOLVED! A reader thinks this
is THE HEIRESS by Jude Deveraux. Another reader says it could be
GOLDEN GIRL by Joan Wolf.
April # H 3
The hero is the usual aristocratic rake who comes to the country
to take a few days off from his usual pursuits. He goes riding and
he spots two young men (what he perceives to be young me) duelling.
He tried to stop them but he's late and the young man does in front
of him. This is actually the heroine pretending to die and he's
fascinated with her from this moment onwards and wants to marry
her however she is not interested in matrimony.He is forcibly marries
her and but she's afraid of sex because of she's a victim of childhood
rape. He's unaware of this and tries to abduct her and have sex
with her. It's all very strange. All her childhood memories come
back and she's terrified. I don't really remember everything but
somehow they end up together.
SOLVED! This sounds like THE
REBEL BRIDE by Catherine Coulter. Another reader suggests THE GIFT
by Julie Garwood.
April # H 4
I am having
a difficult time trying to locate a book I read in the late 1970's
or early 1980's. I remember very little about it other than one
A young, dark-haired girl admires a handsome gentleman who spurns
her. She is completely upset at his set down and takes on an illness
that leaves her with a small streak of white along her brow area
of hair. A short time later, she sees the gentleman in town, but
he no longer recognizes her due to her change of looks from the
illness. She has vowed revenge and after the man woos her, she agrees
to marriage, planning to reveal AFTER the wedding who she is and
to, in turn, snub him!
I thought it might be an ALICE CHETWYND LEY or BARBARA CARTLAND
story as those were the ones I concentrated on back in 1976-1982
or so, yet I am still unable to locate the specific book.
April # H 5
I 'm looking for a book, it's historical and I 'm 90% certain it's
set in Scotland. The hero and heroine of course have oodles of problems,
he's not taking to the marriage well. She's ordering the cook to
do something, but the cook doesn't and spits in the food, I think
she tries to tell the hero and he shushes her or ignores her, so
she lets everyone eat the food, then afterward tells them what happened,
the hero is disgusted, and does something to cook, let's him go
or something similar. That's really all I remember, I do believe
the cook ends up being one of the villians in the book though.
SOLVED! Try THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT
by Cathy Maxwell.
April # H 6
I 'm trying to find a historical romance by plot. The setting is
either Scotland or Ireland. An Englishman inherits an old property
with a ghost. She haunts the house and the tree she's buried under.
He has to solve some sort of mystery or problem. At the end of the
novel the tree gets struck by lightning and reveals the girl alive
in the tree roots. Please help!
SOLVED! Try THE PHANTOM BRIDE
by Lisa Cach.
April # H 7
About 5 years ago, I read a book and now I am having trouble finding
the book. I do not remember the writers name nor the book title.
The only thing I can remember from the book is in the prologue of
the book, there is a father, mother and child. the mother dies when
the daughter was around the age of 7 or 8 (I think). the father
remarries and has more kids with his now wife. in chapter one the
daughter(heroine on the book) is taking care of her step brothers
and sisters. I don't remember if it was by the kings order or not,
but there is a lord that is come to marry. he offers his hand in
marriage the heroine of the story. but the stepmother says no because
she is an important to the family and then offers her oldest child
SOLVED! Try CHARMING THE PRINCE
by Teresa Medeiros.
April # H 8
I first read this book when I was a Senior in high school so around
2005 to 2006 (i think). All I remember from the book is in the prologue
the lord's son and a girl from a convent (she is there for school)
are sitting together talking. he tells her that he has to go away
but he will be back for her. in chapter one he comes back. she thinks
he does not remember her, because she remembers him and the promise
he gave her. In the end they get married.
April # H 9
Mail-order bride themed historical romance. Mother has died and
the girl is left living with her stepfather. He was abusive with
the mother before she died, but now no one is there to step in when
he starts to hit his stepdaughter. A friend of hers has giving her
a clipping from a catalog asking about mail-order brides. I believe
the friend was interested in answering an ad herself but wanted
to help her get away from her stepfather. When she is about ready
to leave, he gets drunk and starts looking for her but she hides
in the cellar with her bag. She runs when he falls and passes out.
I believe she may have even seen some blood .
April # H 10
I don't know when this book was released. But I borrowed it from
eNYPL just a few months back. This book has sort of Cinderella plot
in the beginning because heroine is a slave with an evil aunt and
cousins. The story started with the hero digging a grave, for the
heroine's father. The heroine who was underage at that time, was
put in guardianship of her aunt but kept as slave for her dowry.
The heroine stole a paste jewel from her aunt's shoe. This later
on became the reason why heroine was thrown in jail. Several years
later, hero comes back to check on her and can't find her because
heroine's aunt changed her name. Hero finds out, and ends up marrying
her to take her out of situation. Hero has a twin brother who is
in a wheelchair, after a childhood riding accident which hero blames
himself for. Due to this disability, hero doesn't want to have a
child because he feels his twin should inherit his title. This brother
lives with them. Hero also has dog/s (I believe there are two, maybe
corgis) who became heroine's companions during her morning strolls.
She drew a sketch of the dogs as a birthday gift to her husband
(or maybe the brother).
SOLVED! This might be two books
mixed together. The evil aunt/cousins sounds like AN OFFER FROM
A GENTLEMAN by Julia Quinn. Twin brother with bad limp and dogs
sounds like HIS LADY MISTRESS by Elizabeth Rolls.
OR, try BEFORE THE SCANDAL by Suzanne Enoch, which could
April # H 11
I read this book in 2010/2011. The heroine lived in an orphanage
and was adopted by a lady at a very young age(8-10 years). The lady
had a daughter of the same age who had just died. The heroine and
the daughter had very similar features and that was the reason she
was adopted by the lady. The only distinct physical difference was
the colour of their eyes. The lady's daughter had been betrothed
to the hero who was from a rich and powerful family and that family
used to support the lady and her daughter financially. The lady
did not want that family to know about her daughter's death and
hence the adoption. The heroine and the lady had a very good relationship
and were like mother and daughter. The heroine grows up and falls
in love with some guy but on the "mother's" deathbed,
she promises to marry the hero so that his family does not know
of her mother's deception.They have a rocky marriage from the start
and it gets worse when the hero finds out that the heroine had been
dating someone before their marriage. Later in the book, the hero's
sister and nephew come in.The hero realizes that he has been deceived
when he remembers that the daughter he had been betrothed to had
eyes of a different colour which he had noticed on the one occasion
he had met the real daughter.
April # H 12
I read this book in the 80s or 90s. This was a medieval romance
book. the heroine had a white streak in her hair and they said she
was cursed because all her previous husbands would die on the wedding
night or soon after being married to her. She could also shoot a
bow and arrow.
SOLVED! This might be THE PENWYTH
CURSE by Catherine Coulter. A reader says everything rings true
except the white streak.
April # H 13
I read this book years ago. I would say it is a historical Romance,
probably based in the 1800's or something.
I remember it started with this woman waiting for a carriage to
pick her up to take her to her intended...Out through the window
she could see a strange dressed man, dressed outrageously. He always
wore funny colored 'suits' and hats, looking ridiculous. He saw
her looking at him and took of his hat and bowed towards her. She
giggled and curtsied down at him.
(By the way, this man, though he acts a fool, is an undercover "spy".
He has to play the fool to find what he's looking for.)
This woman is taken to her intended and her intended is a "clean
freak". I remember during the story he wore gloves in his own
home. On his wedding night he came to her wearing white(cotton)
gloves. He was a germ phobe, I guess.
Her and the "fool" ended up having an affair and all.
Her husband finds out about it and it turns out her husband is the
man the Spy is looking for--he is committing treason to take down
Near the end of the book, I remember him taking his wife, blind
folding her and tying her up behind a half built wall in the Home
that no one knew was not finished. Her Lover(Spy) happened to find
her--somehow--intuition after killing her Husband.
I think it was set in England. I don't THINK there was a war going
on. Something else I remembered, was that the man she married had
murdered his previous wife because she cheated on him. Near the
middle or so of the story the husband finds out his new wife was
'cheating' too, he gave the woman something to rid her of a baby
IF she was pregnant, and she told him that if she was, it was HIS,
not the other mans because he was too careful...(The husband is
a bastard who gets what he deserves in the end.)
April # H 14
Unfortunatley I don't remeber much about this book-- it is a regency
and all I keep thinking about is the ending.
The female lead character is tricked into going to some wooded are
or park the person who did this is a stepsister
or cousin I can't remeber correctly. This stepsister/cousin is set
to kill her and blame it on her other true sister(she does end up
killing her own sister) because she wants to mary the female lead
characters husband. She thinks when the husband finds his dead wife
she will be able to console him and he then will want to marry her.
She is the type that is always soft spoken and nobody would have
thought that this is something she would be able to do. The female
lead ends up in the lake she can't swim her husband and his brother
do end up in the same place and he saves his wife. I think that
they got married because they had to, it was not a love much. The
other thing I remeber is that there is another man that comes from
the country and I think he wants the lead female character and tries
to stop her from getting together with the lead male character.
He ends up seducing one of the sisters the ou tgoing one so that
she may help him with his agenda.
April # H 15
It's a historical romance series about sisters. The book I'm looking
for the sister marries a noble man, but he doesn't know that she
can't read. She takes private reading lessons and hopes to surprise
him by writing him a letter, but someone is trying to sabotage their
relationship and drugs her so when he comes to find her she is passed
out on the bed and he thinks she has been cheating on him. He takes
her to court for a divorce and while she is on the stand she ends
up reading him the letter.
SOLVED! A reader says this is
TO CATCH A COUNTESS by Patricia Grasso, and it's the same book as
H #1 this month..
Readers, if you have any answers for these questions, please
email TRR, and be sure
to include the month and the question number
so we can list them accurately! As always, thanks for your help!