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January # H1
This is a historical romance around the Napoleonic War time, set
in Spain. The hero is an English solider who is also an Earl or
Duke. While at war he stumbles upon the heroine who is an orphan
young child of 12 or 13years of age. Out of pity he marries her
and sends her to a Church for safekeeping. After 5 years of war
he reluctantly goes to Spain to bring his bride back.
SOLVED! This is BRIDE BY MISTAKE
by Anne Gracie.
January # H5
The book could be a paranormal/myster/romance type book. It is
about a woman who with her sister witnesses this teenager getting
beat to a pulp by his father in a run down section of town. She
wants to help him and goes over but he grabs her and tells her to
go away. He calls her by a nickname he couldn't possibly know. If
I remember correctly he knew he was going to meet her.
Years later, she finds the man in jail for killing his stepfather
and she recognizes him as the boy. He is incredibly handsome and
she finds he has his own website a female following due to his good
looks. He has two friends a man and his sister, I think they were
Spanish and the main character tracks them down to find out more
I remember the warden of the jail is afraid of him because he saw
him take on several guards/or inmates at one time and realizes he
is not really a normal human being.
SOLVED! A reader says this is
FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT by Darynda Jones, it's the first book to
her Charley Davidson series.
January # H8
All I remember is that it was set in the old west. A young girl
living on her father's ranch fell in love with one of the hands.
He was a charmer, but was not a good guy. She of course thought
he was wonderful. She ended up getting pregnant by the no good charmer
. He either ran off after finding out or he left before she found
out she was pregnant. The girl's father married her off to one of
his other ranch hands to try to prevent a scandal and the embarrassment
he would have to endure. I want to say the name of the guy she married
was Jake. I think he had a scar on his face that made him really
self conscious. He was a really good guy, but was down on his self
because of his past and the scar. They ended up setting out to find
a place of their own. As they traveled they became friends and he
fell in love with her. She eventually fell in love with him, but
didn't want to admit it because she still carried a crush for the
father of her baby.
They eventually found a place to settle and she has a boy. Since
Jake loves her so much, he begins to think of the little boy as
his own. Jake's brother showed up and bad things started to happen.
Just as Jake and his brother started to mend their relationship,
his brother dies. Then the father of the baby comes back into the
picture and she runs off to be with him. She finally see the guy
for what he really is, which is a good for nothing gold digger,
and goes back to Jake. They mend their relationship and they have
another little boy. Her father also comes back into her life at
the end of the story to apologize for what he did and hopes that
she will forgive him. It's actually a really good book. I kinda
remember the cover to have a patchwork quilt and maybe a child's
toy or something on it.
SOLVED! This sounds like SWEET
LULLABY by Lorraine Heath.
January # H10
I'm looking for a book set in England in the 1800's where the heroine
has to marry against her wishes, so she sets out to make her future
husband believe that she is undesirable by making herself appear
fat and ugly. She hides herself behind a veil and wears padding
to make herself appear fat. There is a part I remember where I think
she gets wet and her husband notices that she appears lumpy because
her padding is wet and he uncovers her secret.
SOLVED! This might be MIDSUMMER
MAGIC by Catherine Coulter.
January # H11
I am looking for a historical Native American Romance. The main
guy is Native American, and kidnaps the white female heroine. It
would have come out before the year 2001. I don't remember character
specifics. If I remember correctly at one point she was tied up
naked. She obviously acclamates and falls in love. I do remember
her having a little sister maybe 11ish that was kidnapped by some
group of white men and raped. The hero goes to save her and remembers
her as a type of brave little fighter the spirit had gone out of
after being gang raped and basically strung up for communal use.
The little sister makes a friend in the tribe after (a younger male.)
The heroine thinks how different it is that in white society the
young sister would be tarnished if word got out she had been raped,
but she is still accepted by the tribe. Towards the end she is returned
to her normal life but figures out she is pregnant. Someone suggests
an herb to end the pregnancy, and of course she doesn't want to
do that. They end up together after her worry for his life in some
sort of battle I believe.
SOLVED! The reader answered
her own question - this is COMANCHE MOON by Catherine Anderson,
but the pregnancy part is from another book.
January # H12
I read this book many years ago. It is a historical romance novel
set in England that is part of a series with family members being
the main characters. It revolves around the sister in the family.
She fell in love with her brother's friend, and he with her. However,
because of her age and his relationship with her brother he doesn't
do anything about it. She eventually become engaged to another named
Michael (I think) who is killed in a battle. She and her brother's
friend are found in bed together (he is just comforting her) and
end up marrying. He uses it as an excuse to do so. The dead fiance
ends up returning and causes drama.
SOLVED! Try WICKED DELIGHTS
OF A BRIDAL BED by Tracy Ann Warren.
January # H13
I read this book in 2002 so it was written before then. I cannot
remember any of the characters names but remember some of the story.
It begins with a village being invaded. A beautiful girl fights
off the men who are attacking her father. They are on horses and
have swords. She catches the eye of the king/prince? due to her
bravery and he kidnaps her. He keeps her captive for fun at first
but ends up falling for her. She gets pregnant and realizes that
she loves him as well. For some reason(I cannot remember) she thinks
that he loves another woman and she runs away. He searches for her
and finds her eventually. They live happily ever after. I believe
that the man that kidnaps her is a Viking or of Highland descent.
SOLVED! This sounds similar
to FIRES OF WINTER by Johanna Lindsey.
November # H 1
I am looking for the name of two books I read recently (in the
last year or so). I believe they are set in Regency period England.
In the first book, a woman jilts her (nice) fiancé and goes
on a boat to get away from England and her responsibilities. While
on the boat she meets a man and they get together but it turns out
he is some sort of rogue pirate who takes the boat to an island
where he was once held prisoner as a child and seeks revenge from
his former 'master'. All ends well though and they marry. The next
book's hero is the jilted fiancé from the first in the series.
In England, he meets a foreign woman at a ball and is instantly
attracted to her. He then finds out she is the sister of the man
who married his ex-fiancé. She is foreign (from somewhere
'exotic' I can't remember where) and they become engaged. She is
keeping a secret- she believes herself to have inherited insanity
from her Mother, which is proved untrue in the end and her and her
fiancé/husband fall in love. I think there is a third book
in the series based on the last sibling- a mixed race brother who
also lives in England.
SOLVED! This sounds like two
books by Tessa Dare - SURRENDER OF A SIREN and A LADY OF PERSUASION.
They are part of a trilogy that started with Dare's debut book,
GODDESS OF THE HUNT..
November # H 2
Looking for a highlander romance book about laird's younger brother
that gets kidnapped at some sorta celebration and there is a young
lady where he is taken and she rescues him and helps him get home.
SOLVED! Try RANSOM by Julie
November # H 3
I am looking for a historical romance book that is set either during
the French Revolution or right after it. I remember that the heroine
is part of the French aristocracy and she ends up having a one night
stand with a British soldier. The heroine ends up getting pregnant
and her father sends her away to a convent to have the baby and
she never has a chance to tell her lover that she is pregnant or
even what happens to her. She ends up giving birth to a baby girl
but her daughter gets taken away from her. Years later the heroine
ends up in Britain working for a living as a governess because she
has lost all of her fortune due to the Revolution. The hero ends
up running into her and possibly hires her to be the governess to
their daughter who he has been raising on his own. Either way she
ends up somehow living in the same house as her former lover and
her daughter who has no idea who she is. The hero hates the heroine
because he believes that she abandoned their daughter who he named
Emma. The daughter between the ages of 3-6 years old I believe.
I remember the hero ends up being extremely wealthy because of a
shipping empire that he has built up ( I am not sure if he is part
of the nobility or not). I read the book years ago probably around
SOLVED! Well, maybe. A reader
thinks this sounds a lot like SO IN LOVE by Karen Ranney, though
the daughter was Margaret and she was a bit older.
November # H 4
I read a book but lost it before I finished it. It is about a
girl who is a governess for a couple. Either an earl or duke however
it is not a great relationship. The wife has a boyfriend I believe
in France and wants a divorce. The duke or earl is falling in live
with the governess.
SOLVED! This might be THE SECRET
PEARL by Mary Balogh.
November # H 5
Starts in "modern" times. A red headed girl is shopping
somewhere (An open market type place. Might be over seas in the
Arab world somewhere, although the girl is American) She is given
something by a man with unusual colored eyes for that area. They
are either blue or grey. The transports her back in time to sometime
shortly before or after the American Revolution. She ends up in
a harem but tells her new "husband" that she is recently
widowed so he gives her a year to mourn. During that time she has
a eunuch slave who ends up falling in love with her. I think he
has the same unusual eyes as the guy that gave her the item. At
some point she is rescued from the harem by an American. While traveling
back to America with him she is transported back to the time she
came from. She is very sad and a short time passes (3 days? maybe
weeks or months) and she goes to his house, which is now a historical
site (might have been in Boston?) While there she sees a picture
of him and is transported back to the past and ends up in his house
in his time. A longer time has passed for him (3 years maybe?) but
he hasn't forgotten her and they end up with a happily ever after.
SOLVED! A reader thinks this
might be CAPTIVE by Brenda Joyce.
November # H 6
The story is set in the old west, emigrants heading west..it begins
with a girl running for her life. She is pregnant by her cruel step
father and about to give birth, she has the baby but it is born
dead. She meets up with this wagon train and they take her in, some
how she has to get married to stay with these people and she is
married to a widowed outlaw with a new born baby to care for. He
swears he will not love the pretty woman but he does and fights
anyone who may try to take him away from her.
He is an outlaw that changed his name and running from his past,
his wife was from a family of old money but she died in childbirth.
Her father is after him as well a lawman.
At the end of the book the girl is shot and the outlaw begs the
lawman for help for her and asks if he can save her he will turn
himself in, but after the heartfelt plea the lawman let's him go..
What I remember is the book cover... dark green. I thought it might
have been written by Sandra Brown but I can't find t under her name.
SOLVED! This is SUNSET EMBRACE
by Sandra Brown. The sequel is ANOTHER DAWN.
November # H 7
I read this book a couple years ago, it's a historical romance.
I can't remember any of the characters' names, but it starts out
with a girl sitting at a tavern where her older sister works, and
a rich man she's been in love with for years walks in. She leaves
with him and ends up losing her virginity to him on the side of
the road. Months later her father drags her beaten and pregnant
into that same mans wedding rehearsal and demands he marries her.
He does, but immediately leaves. His family cleans her up and teaches
her how to "be a lady" and then i think she loses the
baby while he is off traveling. After he comes back they leave the
state to get divorced, with his former fiancee, claiming his wife
to be his cousin. Towards the end he realizes he doesn't really
want a divorce and stays with his wife.
This sounds like RIVER LADY by Jude Deveraux.
November # H 8
This is a historical romance, where a heroine is a lady who can't
read and the hero has a negative reputation in England society.
There was a part where they were both asked to sing together but
the heroine refused since she hasn't memorized the song and therefore
can't sing it since she can't read the lyrics. She rather sings
a song she is familiar with but it happens to be a solo song which
offends the hero.
SOLVED! Try TO PLEASURE A PRINCE
by Sabrina Jeffries.
November # H 11
The book is a medieval romance. The heroine has small pox and the
hero was somehow compelled to marry her. He assumed she was ugly
or badly scarred. A few years later when she was older, he returned
to her estate and seeing a beautiful maiden, he assumed she was
a servant not realizing she was his bride. She had looked ugly at
their wedding due to the small pox.
SOLVED! Try WHEN LOVE AWAITS
by Johanna Lindsey.
November # H 12
Sorry to say, I can't remember the characters names. But I know
its a historical romance where a man buys off a girl from a ship
to save as a nanny. And the man wife is dead. The girl ran away
from home, so as not to marry someone (and she comes from a wealthy
family) but the ship she entered took her and sold her to a man
that needs a nanny for his child. There is a mystery surrounding
his wife's death. He falls in love with the girl and she gets pregnant
and then suddenly the girls parents show up. The person who killed
his first wife also tries to kill her but she is saved by the man.
SOLVED! This sounds like PETALS
ON THE RIVER by Kathleen Woodiwiss.
November # H 13
I can't remember the name or author of this book, it starts out
with the hero finding the heroine on the street, possibly and nursing
her back to health or maybe vice verse, it's not Hannah Howell's
Wherlocke series, similar, but not the same. I think. It's part
of a series about siblings.
I think the heroine was stabbed, the hero is kind of reclusive,
I want to say, or maybe he's just not seen as a nice guy?
SOLVED! Try A LOVING SCOUNDREL by Johanna Lindsey.
November # H 14
I have been searching for about a week now with no luck. It is
either 3 books or maybe a book with 3 stories in it.
The 1st is about a young woman breaks into a mans house to
steal back a mirror and get caught. The mirror shows the future
and it happens but not in the way you think. Also some back story
The 2nd is about a man who comes home after his fathers death.
(I think he had moved to Australia) He left because he saw his dad
marring his girlfriend. After he left the dad did marry the woman
as a business arrangement not romantically. Also the mans
business partner comes to his huge house might have been some kind
of farm and tries to burn it down.
I dont remember the 3rd one but once again it had to do with
SOLVED! Well, maybe. A reader
says this is similar to a contemporary series by Robyn Donald. The
books are THE MIRROR BRIDE, MEANT TO MARRY, and THE FINAL PROPOSAL.
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