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Jen Delazzeri never expected to see Max Rickman again. Their brief but intense affair was a mistake: they were young and he was grief stricken at losing his fiancée in a fire. Besides, he'd told Jen he didn't love her. All good reasons she'd kept their daughter a secret for thirteen years. Now they're together again on fire duty--he as a smoke jumper, she as a reporter. Max wants to get to know his daughter and wants Jen to help investigate what went wrong at that long-ago tragedy. Will rekindling their attraction be enough to create the family their daughter needs?
Eve Swango and Tommy Baca belong to each other. Always have. Always will. It's been years since Eve followed Tommy into the wild, subterranean depths of a New Mexico cave. Years since she realized they shared the same passionate soul, the same curiosity about that hidden world below. Tommy, intense, beautiful-hers-became her past, her present and her future. But something within Eve won't allow her to marry Tommy, no matter how often he asks. No matter how deeply they love. . . As the years surrender to time, Tommy and Eve move in and out of each other's lives, finding joy and sadness in equal measure. Each must learn, does learn, that love comes in many guises-and in the end it's the only thing that counts.
Sometimes a family resemblance is hard to see. . . especially if you're not looking for one. And Sabine Knoll isn't. She's the widow of Victor Knoll and the mother of his three children. She loved him -- deeply -- and even though he's been gone four years, she can't imagine loving anyone else. Then a man named Joe appears in her small town of Oro, Colorado. Joe Knoll. "Victor's brother. " Except that Victor never told her he had a brother. And if he'd lied about "that," had he lied about other things, too? Sabine isn't sure she wants to know. She "is" sure she doesn't want to fall in love with this man who resembles her husband in some ways, yet not in others. The man who's becoming a part of her children's lives -- and of hers.
DRU HAVERFORD HALL: Midwife. Pregnant. Widow. A MAN FROM THE PAST: Dru hasn't seen Ben Hall (a nephew of her dead husband's) in more than twenty years. But they share memories of a difficult and traumatic event in their childhood. PREGNANCY: Now, for reasons that run very deep, Dru wants a baby. Ben Hall becomes the father of her child -- by artificial insemination. THE BABY: Dru loves her baby-to-be. And she's beginning to feel a very real connection with her baby's father. A passion unlike anything she'd experienced with her husband... A MARRIAGE: Ben wants to marry her -- has always wanted to marry her. And he knows that Dru needs a marriage based not on memories or past promises but on forever...and a baby. THE MIDWIVES
Raising a family on his own doesn't leave widower Seamus Lee much time for cultivating new relationships. Which is just how he wants it. But Rory Gorenzi, the unconventional wilderness instructor at his children's mountain school, has other ideas. . . . Ever since their arrival in the snowy Colorado town, Rory finds the Lee clan impossible to resist. But it's obvious that Seamus is hiding something. Can Rory break through his defenses to learn his secret--and to help him become the father his children need? Because he's the man she wants to get to know. . . a whole lot better.
Afraid of losing the only man she's ever loved, Sissy Workman kept the truth from her husband for years. She told herself she was lying for all the right reasons. Did it really matter that Elijah wasn't the father of their firstborn son? They were so happy, and he was all she'd ever wanted. Now that Elijah knows, it's changed their relationship. They're adrift, and the ties that once bound them together have loosened. Sissy can feel him pulling away--her mistake could destroy the love they've cherished over the years. The last thing Sissy wants is for the truth to set her free--from him.
When Leah Williams agrees to have a child for her younger sister, Ellen, she isn't prepared when Ellen turns up pregnant! Leah, already a single mom to four-year-old Mary Grace, is left. . . holding the baby. For Leah, there is no other choice. She's not only having the baby, she's going to raise the child herself. But the biological father has something to say about that. Mark Logan wants to be more than just a sperm donor. A single parent himself, he knows how hard it is to bring up a child alone. That's why the rugged backcountry guide intends to be there every step of the way. His growing attraction to the pregnant midwife is a complication neither expected. But who better to lose his heart to than the mother of his child?
The truth about Amy LudlowFourteen-year-old Amy lives with her father in Ouray, Colorado. Her mother-or so she believes-died at the time of her birth. What William Ludlow knows that his daughter doesn't is this: Amy's mother isn't dead.He'd lied to his daughter for the very best reasons. But now the lies and the secrets are tumbling into the open. Because Sophie Creed has come home.Sophie doesn't expect to meet her daughter-or to fall in love with William Ludlow again, let alone consider marrying him. And she doesn't expect Amy to learn the most painful secret of all. But the truth has a way of escaping, and when it does, lives are changed-for better, for worse.
Bronwyn Davies is furious. Widowed, penniless and desperate, she came to Fairchild Acres looking for work--and to confront stockbroker Patrick Stafford, her son's real father. Sure, she wasn't expecting the red carpet rollout from her ex-lover. . . but insults and rudeness? Well, she'll show him exactly what she's made of--and what he's missing! Even after all these years, Patrick still hasn't forgiven Bronwyn for marrying another man for money. Now Bronwyn can see what life could have been, with him. Sure, he'll step up and acknowledge his son. But the cost will be far dearer than Bronwyn could ever have imagined. . . .
Raising four kids on his own doesn't leave widower Seamus Lee much time for cultivating new relationships. Which is just how he wants it. But Rory Gorenzi, the unconventional wilderness instructor at his children's mountain school, has other ideas...Ever since their arrival in the snowy Colorado town, Rory finds the Lee clan impossible to resist. But it's obvious that Seamus is hiding something. Can Rory break through his defenses to learn his secret-and to help him become the father his children need?
"Margot Early's stories pack a powerful punch. She writes with warmth, wit and emotional depth. A sheer pleasure."-Debbie Macomber Kal Johnson is a still-grieving widower with a young child. He can't imagine marrying again-not for love, anyway. But it's becoming increasingly clear that his daughter needs someone besides him. A mother. Kal's solution is to place an ad in a local magazine. Wanted: Woman to enter celibate marriage and be stepmother to four-year-old girl. Send child-rearing philosophies to Mr. Family.... Erika Blade is a woman who's afraid of love. And sex. She answers the ad, figuring she's probably the only person in the whole world to whom a "celibate marriage" would appeal. After all, she does want children but she doesn't want to acquire them in the usual way. As it turns out, Kal likes her letter-and soon discovers that he likes her. More than likes. He's attracted to her. The one thing that wasn't supposed to happen. "Compelling from the first paragraph, Mr. Family- steals the reader's breath with its rare honesty and sensitivity." -Jean R. Ewing, award-winning author of Scandal's Reward "Mr. Family proves again that there is no voice quite like Margot Early's when it comes to the language of the heart." -Laura DeVries (a.k.a. Laura Gordon), author of contemporary and historical romance
Women Who Dare 1996 Janet Dailey Award finalist "Margot Early's stories pack a powerful punch. She writes with warmth, wit and emotional depth." -bestselling author Debbie Macomber A Book You'll Never Forget! Day Sutter doesn't consider herself adventurous. She's kind and creative, yes. She has a great sense of style. And she's a competent businesswoman, running Rapid Riggers, the Colorado river-rafting company she co-owns with Nick Colter. In fact, Day's always been the classic "good girl"-except when it comes to Nick. "Stay away from that boy," her father told her years before. She couldn't then. And she can't now. Footloose Nick, with his easy charm. His hidden fears. His girlfriends. His mountain climbing and white-water rafting. He says Day's not his kind of woman. But deep in her heart, Day knows she is. And she's going to prove it, to him and herself. But there's another question, on she hasn't asked: Is Nick Colter her kind of man? "As always, Margot Early's talent amazes and delights me. She is a star in every sense of the word." -Laura Gordon, author of Spencer's Bride and Promise Me.
On Christmas Eve, Keti Whitechapel finds a dogProphetically, perhaps, she names the dog Marley. That night, the ghosts of her past appear in a dream-or is it a dream? Inexplicable things have been happening since she came home to Bounty, Nevada, a place she'd once vowed to leave forever. But Keti's no longer a poor miner's daughter. She's a successful businesswoman with only one regret: Martin Collins, her cherished childhood friend. The man she's never forgotten. The man she loved and lost. Strange apparitions are abroad this astonishing, magical night. Soon Keti finds herself reliving the joy of first love with Martin...and the anguish of a secret heartache. And suddenly her future becomes clear-if Keti can find the courage to give Martin the truest gift of all: the gift of her heart.
Jo Dubray doesn't think much of marriage, and she certainly doesn't plan to try it herself. But that doesn't mean she isn't interested in getting to know her new roommate's brother.... After all, Ryan's recently divorced and has two children living in another state. He can't be thinking of anything as serious and confining as remarrying.But what will she do if he is? Especially once his kids reenter the picture.
The MidwivesThis baby is hers!One night in Texas, midwife Tara Marcus finds a newborn baby abandoned in her car. A baby she desperately wants to keep.She takes the baby to her hometown in Colorado, hoping to adopt her. But adoption requires money. And it requires a better situation than Tara can offer. A husband, a home....She needs a strategy, and the best one she can think of is marriage. Dr. Isaac McCrea, a newcomer to town, happens to be a widower with three kids. Surely he needs a wife! So what if he's a doctor-not exactly Tara's favorite species? So what if she falls in love with him despite her outrageous proposal? None of that matters.Only her baby matters. Her baby and his children.
The MidwivesHome to Alaska. To her ex-husband. Her family. And the babies waiting to be born...Midwife Francesca Walcott has plenty of good reasons to stay away from Alaska. Her ex-husband, Charlie Marcus, for one. Her family, for another. Thirty years ago she chose to marry Charlie over her family's objections. They haven't forgiven her...or spoken to her since.Now she's come home to Alaska-because Mia, a midwife, friend and former apprentice, has been found dead. She's left Francesca her estate: a house in Talkeetna, a mine and foty-three sled dogs.Suddenly there are more reasons to stay in Alaska than to leave. The mystery surrounding Mia's death. The mothers and babies who need her skills as a midwife. The hope of reconciling with her family. And above all, Charlie. The man who's-somehow-connected to everything in her life. The man who she used to love...and still does.
The man Mary Anne Drew wants is marrying someone else! So to win him back, she buys a love potion. Mary Anne's not convinced spells and potions work, but still, she has to do something. Too bad the wrong man-aka Graham Corbett-drinks it. Then strange things begin to happen.... Graham has never shown any interest in Mary Anne. In fact, their arguments are legendary. But now Graham is acting anything but hostile! Could the potion really work? Or was Mary Anne looking for love in the wrong place all along?
First, there was the year without Christmas. The year Skye Haverford Blade died so mysteriously, leaving behind not only her husband but her young son.Now it's three years later. This Christmas-the third Christmas-Jean Young joins David Blade and his son, Chris, on their boat, the Skye. And she falls in love with both of them-the unsmiling man with too many secrets and the little boy longing for a mother's kiss.Despite her own fears, Jean thinks her love can save them, can give them back their joy in life-and in Christmas.Not only this Christmas, but every Christmas to come....
In "Christmas Male", Rusty Romero is furious when her grandmother answers a personal ad for her. When Rusty arrives on a Texas ranch for the holidays and meets Trent Creighton, she realizes this won't be so bad after all. In "The Truth about Cowboys", Erin Mackenzie heads to Colorado to introduce her daughter to Abe Cockburn, the cowboy who stole her heart and fathered her child.
"Margot Early's stories pack a powerful punch. She writes with warmth, wit and emotional depth. A sheer pleasure." -Debbie Macomber Emotional, daring, adventurous-a stunning new novel from the award-winning author of The Third Christmas and The Keeper. According to family legend, golden-haired Christopher was born with a mission-to break a family curse. Only he, it is said, can end the history of miscarriages and maternal deaths. Christopher, now a doctor living and working in Colorado, isn't sure he believes all this. But Dulcinea-the first and only woman he ever loved-is pregnant. With his brother's baby. She comes back to Christopher, begging him to take the risk, to break the curse. How can he refuse? "Waiting for You represents another remarkable achievement from an author who is second to none in creating mood, evoking setting and touching hearts. Unforgettable!" -Laura DeVries (a.k.a. Laura Gordon), author of Lethal Love and Gambler's Daughter
"The Harmony Agency: Bringing happiness to all through fulfilling relationships. . . " That's Scout Berensen's mission for the branch she's opening in McGrath, Alaska. McGrath's remote, but downright civilized compared to the bush where she grew up. Which is why Scout escaped to California as soon as she could. Now she's back--in a place where sled dogs outnumber humans. But there are plenty of men who want what the Harmony Agency has to offer. However reluctant she is to return--even temporarily--she's happy to reconnect with Malachy MacCullagh, an old friend who once might have been more. They make a deal: she'll help him persuade a certain woman to marry him if he'll teach her to love the state where she was born. The outcome of their bargain is different--better--than either one expects!
"The truth about Margot Early is that she is a brilliant and diverse writer." -Affaire de Coeur Who's afraid of the mistletoe? Sarah Calder, that's who. Why is she afraid? She really can't say... The answer is that Christmas means family, emotion, remembering the past. And kissing can mean the same things. But now Sarah needs help, and she can only get it from one person-her ex-lover, Tage. The last time she saw him was on the Iditarod Trail with his "family" of sled dogs. But his responsibilities have changed since then. He's recently become guardian to two young children-his orphaned niece and nephew from Sweden. Add Sara and her impossible dog to this household and you have a Christmas unlike any other! "A special story from the heart of a special talent. Who's Afraid of the Mistletoe? is a moving and emotional experience...." -Laura DeVries, aka Laura Gordon, author of contemporary and historical romance
The MidwivesNo memory of her husband-or her child...Ivy Walcott is a midwife. She understands the mysteries of birth, the wonder of babies-yet she doesn't know if she's ever had a baby. Because Ivy only remembers the last ten years of her life.Then, unexpectedly, she learns that her real name is Gina Till. As Gina, she went missing from a West Virginia town and showed up in Colorado with no idea how she got there.She goes back to Cullin Till, the husband she can't remember, and their daughter, Gabriela. She begins to discover that Gina Till did things Ivy Walcott doesn't like. And she falls in love with Cullen, the man she's still married to-the man whose heart she broke all those years ago....Praise for Margot Early's previous book, Who's Afraid of the Mistletoe?"Wow, does Early pack a punch... Ya gotta get this book."-Alison Cunliffe, The Toronto Star