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Can Ordinary Marriages Become Extraordinary?He snapped at her during breakfast. She brought up a past mistake. He walked out angry. She left without saying good-bye. An ordinary day in an ordinary marriage. But what if things could be different? What if the moments that seem the most ordinary moments of annoyance, conflict, pain, or cold indifference could become moments in which you're able to understand God's incredible agenda for love and begin to do something new?Winston T. Smith, drawing on his extensive experience as a marriage counselor, offers a simple yet powerful prescription for changing your marriage. He shows how examining the everyday disappointments and irritations in your marriage will help you understand yourself, your spouse, and your need for God's love. Change begins with seeing day-to-day interactions from a different perspective, taking simple steps to love one another more effectively, and then learning how to take those steps over and over again. Interactions that used to devolve into pointless annoyances and fights can become an opportunity for God's activity and love to become increasingly evident and powerful.The principles in this book will take your marriage to extraordinary places and lead you into a deeper relationship with an extraordinary God. Don't settle for an ordinary marriage, learn to live out God's extraordinary love in your most intimate relationship.
Most couples -- because they watch so many of their peers divorce and are themselves the products of failed marriages -- don't have many successful long-term-relationship role models. Parenting and communication issues are perennial, while some challenges, like increasingly 24-7 work lives and economic hardships, mark the current decade. Despite all this, psychotherapist and clinical social worker Marcia Naomi Berger asserts that most couples can make love last -- they just need to learn how. Berger answers this need with a deceptively simple prescription: have an interruption-free thirty-minute (or even shorter) meeting each week and follow an agenda that includes the kind of appreciation and planning for fun that foster intimacy and pave the way for collaborative conflict resolution. Berger has refined these techniques while working with hundreds of couples -- with results that are both practical and profound.
Carina Conte has had a crush on her brother Michael's best friend, Max Gray, since she was a teenager back home in Italy. Now she's earned her MBA and come to work at Michael's new venture, America's fastest-growing bakery empire. But some things never change: her overprotective family still treats her like a child. With three drop-dead gorgeous siblings, she's still the ugly duckling of the bunch. And Max, the company's new CEO, still barely notices her. Max knows Carina Conte is strictly off-limits, for the sake of his job and his friendship with Michael. But hot-blooded lust wins out at a conference when the two share a scorching one-night stand--and are busted by her mother! Now, forced by old-world Italian tradition into a marriage he's not ready for, Max is miserable--and Carina is furious. Her new husband is about to realize that hell hath no fury like a woman transformed. . . .
With the dazzling blend of romance, humor, and poignant storytelling that has made her one of the world's best-loved authors, Johanna Lindsey presents the passionate Regency-era tale of an earl's daughter who dares to pose as the wife of a deadly mercenary in order to save her former guardian. Lady Margaret Landor first met Sebastian Townshend as a child, when he caught her peeking into her older sister's engagement ball. Tall, dashing, and charming, Sebastian was one of the most sought-after bachelors in Kent and cut a romantic figure she would not soon forget. Never did she dream that one day she would be living at his family's magnificent estate with Sebastian's father, the eighth Earl of Edgewood, as her guardian--while Sebastian is banished from his family due to the tragic results of a duel. When life at Edgewood takes a sinister turn with the earl suffering a suspicious number of life-threatening accidents, Margaret wonders if Sebastian's younger brother and his wife have grown impatient to inherit the earldom. Setting out to find the one man she believes can set the situation to rights, she discovers that Sebastian Townshend has forged a new identity for himself on the continent. Now known as The Raven, a deadly mercenary, notorious for accomplishing any mission no matter how seemingly impossible, he has vowed never to return to England. Not until Margaret meets his outrageous monetary demands does Sebastian agree to return home, reluctantly posing as her husband in order to facilitate his return to society. When he learns she cannot afford to pay his fee, he suggests a scandalous trade. As Margaret and Sebastian work to uncover the intrigue at his father's estate, a fierce passion blooms that neither of them anticipated and neither can resist. But can Margaret persuade Sebastian to abandon the dark path he believes is his fate and claim the life--and love--he deserves? Breathtaking in scope and wondrously passionate, Marriage Most Scandalous is Johanna Lindsey at her finest.
But where did it all begin? No better answer to that question exists than in the Greek myths that are retold to breathtaking effect Roberto Calasso. Presenting the stories of Zeus and Europa, Theseus and Ariadne, the birth of Athens and the fall of Troy, in all their variants, Calasso uncovers the origins of secrets and tragedy, virginity and rape, and above all, humanity's tormented relations with the gods. The result is an international literary event, a work of spellbinding playfulness, eroticism wonder. --
This book tells the story of Meggotta, a child of high birth in mid-evil times, and her bonding and eventual marriage to Richard an orphan who comes to live with her family when she is eight. Historical fiction.
From riches to rags, Grace has had to swallow her pride and get a job as a baker. But everything changes when she's the beneficiary of a surprise inheritance.Her benefactor's deal comes with a catch: give up her life of toil and live in luxury only if she marries his illegitimate son, a prisoner of war. It's an offer she can't afford to refuse. But her husband-to-be is dying, and he begs her to take one of his men instead-to marry purely out of mercy....A marriage of convenience with a complete stranger... Could this arrangement ever work?
After a high school reunion, a woman loses her grip on realityMiranda marches into her high school reunion with the confidence of a professional at the top of her field. But inside she is lost, disenchanted with her career, and as alone as a person can possibly be. As a teenager in Crane's View, she fell in love with unrepentant bad boy James Stillman, and though they never slept together, he thrilled her as no man has since. She returns to her hometown hoping to reconnect with him, but learns at the reunion that he was killed in a car crash years ago. In the weeks that follow, Miranda is haunted by visions of the past. First she sees James, alive and healthy, and more chilling hallucinations follow. Seeking distraction, she dives into an ill-advised love affair that turns darker than she could ever imagine. To find peace, Miranda must learn to walk the razor-thin line that separates this world from the one that follows. This ebook contains an all-new introduction by Jonathan Carroll, as well as an exclusive illustrated biography of the author including rare images from his personal collection.
BACHELOR TERRITORY Marrying Miss Wright! Nick Evans needs a wife to secure an inheritance. He doesn't need any kind of romantic involvement, and so he proposes marriage to the first woman he meets-Shelby Wright. She's shocked, of course, but Nick can be very persuasive. And as he points out, Shelby runs an odd-job business-can't she view marriage as just a temporary assignment?Only, Nick's beginning to realize that Shelby Wright is the sweetest business deal he's ever handled. Too bad the terms of their agreement don't cover falling in love!There are two sides to every story...and now it's his turn!"Val Daniels provides a wonderful, heartwarming story involving the very best of classic romance."-Debbie Macomber
Since she' d joined Dex' s new company, Alicia' s days had been full of excitement and her nights full of passion in Dex' s arms. Then she discovered she was pregnant. While she wanted the baby, would Dex still want her? He' d never shown any desire to marry.Still, the baby prompted a proposal-- but no declaration of love. Alicia knew that a marriage on paper could be no substitute for the real thing, but as their wedding day approached, Alicia dared to hope differently. Until their wedding night arrived and a note fell out of Dex' s suitcase...
Bride for hire?Money couldn't buy love, but would it buy Adam Tate a wife? Claire needed a plane ticket home, and money to help her sister. Adam promised to help-on the condition that Claire became his wife and mother to his two-year-old son, Jamie!Adam was rich, charming and gorgeous. And the deal was simple: one short wedding ceremony, and Claire's problems would be over! Financially, at least. But she knew Adam would be a hard man to walk away from. Was Claire ready to promise her heart for better, for worse...forever?"Ms Duke captivates readers with...intense passion, a strong emotional conflict and endearing characters."-Romantic Times
Cynical ex-soldier Cutter Blackwell left Texas on a mission: find his adopted brother's long-lost sister and bring her home. But the moment Cutter met shy schoolteacher Sara Gunter, something unbearably tender wrapped around his battle-scarred heart. She was everything a confirmed bachelor shouldn't want. A gentle-hearted beauty who believed in fairy-tale endings. An innocent rose who had never experienced the pleasure of a man's kiss. Yet something about Sara's smile made the avowed loner want her as his own. But once she learned who he really was, could he regain Sara's trust and make her realize that she was meant to be his?
The woman who will one day wear Richard Lynsted's ring will be genteel, dainty, and well-bred. This eliminates Grace MacEachin on all three counts. A hellion of the first order, the alluring, infuriating woman would be nothing more than a passing temptation to an upstanding gentleman like Richard--if it weren't for the fact that she's trying to blackmail his father! Or, as Grace sees it, trying to get justice--and maybe just the slightest hint of revenge on the family that tore her life asunder when she was just a girl. And as for Lynsted, well, the stuffy, humorless man wouldn't suffer for time spent in company more exciting than that of his company ledgers. Only when Richard gets Grace alone, she discovers he may know a thing or two about excitement after all...
Following a unique format perfect for today's world, the renowned author of The Dance of Anger gives us just over 100 rules that cover all the hot spots in long-term relationships. Marriage Rules offers new solutions to age-old problems ("He won't talk"/"She doesn't want sex") as well as modern ones (your partner's relationship to technology. ) You'll also learn how to: Calm things down and warm them up Talk straight and fight fair Listen well as a spiritual practice Connect with a distant partner Survive the unique challenges of children, stepchildren and difficult- laws Follow a 12-step program to overcome defensiveness Know how and when to draw the line Take back your marriage when things fall apart Marriage Rules is a treasure chest of lively, practical advice to help you navigate your couple relationship with clarity, courage, and joyous conviction. If one person in a couple follows ten rules of his or her choice, it will generate a major, positive change. All that's required is a genuine wish for a better relationship and a willingness to practice. .
Emily has a secret to tell her husband--but he's spending their wedding anniversary with his ex-wife.
WRANGLERS & Lace READY...SET...MARRIAGE! It seemed everyone wanted to marry handsome, wealthy Logan Kincaid. Everyone except Merrie Foster, his make-believe bride-to-be. Well, that was fine by Logan. Playing the enamored groom to Merrie's blushing bride was only a means of avoiding the stampede of would-be wives. Because the last thing Logan wanted was marriage.Or so he thought.Suddenly spending all his days-and his nights-with pretty Merrie on her family's Montana ranch was way too appealing. Heck, if this confirmed bachelor didn't watch out, he would be making a mad dash to the altar himself-with a certain spitfire redhead who'd wound her way around his heart....Hard to tame-impossible to resist-these cowboys meet their perfect match!
Marriage under fire<P> Though Sara Blackstone adores her husband, Alec constantly puts his job first-so Sara walks out on their marriage after only a year. She doesn't know then that she's pregnant with Alec's child....<P> Six months later, Sara is enjoying a holiday before the baby's born. The last person she expects to see is Alec! Has he finally realized his wife is more important to him than his work? Sara must find out-after all, their future as a family is at stake!
Divorve vs. DesireThree years ago Adam Carmichael had walked out on Maggi when she needed him most. Now he was back, to pick up their marriage where he'd left off-or so he thought! Maggi's first reaction was to finalize their divorce, but Adam refused point-blank. Maggi became furious-not with Adam, but with herself, because, to her dismay, part of her was relieved!Torn between divorce and desire, Maggi knew she should follow her head, not her heart. But Adam wasn't going to let her go without a fight.Carole Mortimer "delivers quality romance."-Romantic Times
To satisfy his late father's wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride--someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy--and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael "proposes" to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: if she will play the part of his fiancée during her trip to Milan for a photo shoot, he will keep away from her married best friend, Alexa, and stop making Maggie nuts with their too-close-for- comfort flirtations. But once in Italy, sexual tension sparks the hottest no-strings- attached arrangement on any continent. Could marriage be the most enticing trap of all?
Marriages and Families offers students a comprehensive introduction to many issues facing families in the twenty-first century. Although written from a sociological perspective, the book incorporates material from other disciplines: history, economics, social work, psychology, law, biology, medicine, and anthropology. The material also encompasses family studies, women's studies, and gay and lesbian studies, as well as both quantitative and qualitative studies.
FIRST COMES MELINDA WITH A BABY CARRIAGE....Pure chance brought big-city girl Melinda Bravo and rugged rancher Cole Yuma together in time to deliver his sister's newborn. But it was pure desire-baby and otherwise-that convinced her there would be no harm in pretending the baby was hers and Cole's...just for a little while.THEN COMES MARRIAGE....And it only made sense that she and Cole also assume the roles of husband and wife-strictly for show, of course.THEN COMES LOVE!Melinda and Cole both knew that despite their mutual attraction, they had nothing in common! So why, suddenly, was each of them fantasizing about making their pretend marriage the real thing?CONVENIENTLY YOURS: The Bravo family's marriages may have begun in name only-but were they destined to be true love matches after all?
For two years, Catherine Marks has been a paid companion to the Hathaway sisters--a pleasant position, with one caveat. Her charges' older brother, Leo Hathaway, is thoroughly exasperating. Cat can hardly believe that their constant arguing could mask a mutual attraction. But when one quarrel ends in a sudden kiss, Cat is shocked at her powerful response--and even more so when Leo proposes a dangerous liaison. Leo must marry and produce an heir within a year to save his family home. Catherine's respectable demeanor hides a secret that would utterly destroy her. But to Leo, Cat is intriguing and infernally tempting, even to a man resolved never to love again. The danger Cat tried to outrun is about to separate them forever--unless two wary lovers can find a way to banish the shadows and give in to their desires.
In this thrilling reissue by Harlequin Presents USA TODAY bestselling authors, find out what happens when one night leads to a very unexpected consequence!The Stephanides Pregnancy by Lynne GrahamImprisoned in paradise!Women in uniform weren't Cristos Stephanides's thing, until he saw Betsy Miller in her chauffeur's outfit at the wheel of his limousine. She's the perfect distraction for the restless Greek before his convenient marriage.A wild, passionate night with a billionaire is completely out of character for shy Betsy, but when they are kidnapped and held captive on a Mediterranean island, the intensity of their situation spills over into the bedroom.Once they've regained their freedom, Betsy discovers she's pregnant with the Stephanides heir! Now a new kind of captivity is imminent when Cristos demands she become his inconvenient bride instead!The Secret Sinclair by Cathy WilliamsThe most shocking consequence of all...She didn't mean to fall for a notorious playboy, but Sarah Scott's head was overruled by Raoul's skilful seduction. Yet after he jets out of her life, Raoul's legacy continues...Sarah is pregnant with the Sinclair heir!Five years later, single mum Sarah is struggling to make ends meet, working as an office cleaner. Having taken on yet another job, Sarah is on her knees scrubbing floors when her eyes meet those of her rakish new boss--the man she's never been able to forget...Raoul!
Three high-powered Hollywood couples, two hot affairs, one underage Russian ex-hooker, a passionate murder--and the players' lives are changed forever. Cameron Paradise, a stunningly beautiful twenty-four-year-old personal trainer, flees Hawaii and her champion-surfer husband, Gregg, in the middle of one of his abusive tirades and makes her way to L. A. Tall, blond, with a body to die for, it doesn't take Cameron long to find a job at an exclusive private fitness club where she encounters LA's most important players. She has plans to open her own studio one day, and while every man she meets comes on to her, she is more focused on saving money and working hard than getting caught up in the L. A. scene of wild parties and recreational drugs. Until she meets Ryan Lambert, an extremely successful independent movie producer. Ryan is married to overly privileged Mandy Lambert, the daughter of Hamilton J. Heckerling, a Hollywood power-player son-of-a-bitch mogul. Ryan has never cheated on his demanding Hollywood Princess wife, but when he meets Cameron, all bets are off, especially since she's seeing his best friend Don Verona, the devastatingly attractive talk-show host and legendary player. In her latest sizzling blockbuster, internationally bestselling author Jackie Collins explores what happens when lust and desire collide with marriage and power--and the results lead to murder.
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