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In this new novel by the celebrated author of The Myth of You and Me, a young mother discovers that her husband's novel about infidelity might be drawn from real life. Sarah Price is thirty-five years old. She doesn't feel as though she's getting older, but there are some noticeable changes: a hangover after two beers, the stray gray hair, and, most of all, she's called "Mom" by two small children. Always responsible, Sarah traded her MFA for a steady job, which allows her husband, Nathan, to write fiction. But Sarah is happy and she believes Nathan is too, until a truth is revealed: Nathan's upcoming novel, Infidelity, is based in fact. Suddenly Sarah's world is turned upside down. Adding to her confusion, Nathan abdicates responsibility for the fate of their relationship and of his novel's publication-a financial lifesaver they have been depending upon-leaving both in Sarah's hands. Reeling from his betrayal, she is plagued by dark questions. How well does she really know Nathan? And, more important, how well does she know herself? For answers, Sarah looks back to her artistic twenty-something self to try to understand what happened to her dreams. When did it all seem to change? Pushed from her complacent plateau, Sarah begins to act-for the first time not so responsibly-on all the things she has let go of for so long: her blank computer screen; her best friend, Helen; the volumes of Proust on her bookshelf. And then there is that e-mail in her inbox: a note from Rajiv, a beautiful man from her past who once tempted her to stray. The struggle to find which version of herself is the essential one-artist, wife, or mother-takes Sarah hundreds of miles away from her marriage on a surprising journey. Wise, funny, and sharply drawn, Leah Stewart's Husband and Wife probes our deepest relationships, the promises we make and break, and the consequences they hold for our lives, revealing that it's never too late to step back and start over.
Just why is Julianna staying at his father's ranch? Luke has come to Sante Fe to mend fences with his dad and lie low until the political fury over his current police investigation calms down. He's definitely not there to share memories of the good old days with his ex-wife. It's difficult for Julianna to remember when it had been good between her and Luke. And being close to the strong, handsome man she once loved unconditionally is too much. Either Luke leaves or she does. Except Julianna has nowhere to go. She needs to hide out at Abe's ranch to get her job done. Because nothing, not even anonymous death threats, will stop her. But if Luke finds out about the threats, he's never going to leave. . . .
The jealous husband!For Donato Vittoria, marriage was a lifetime commitment. He'd chosed Grace as his bride, and he would cherish her forever. Or so Grace had believed....Until she'd discovered Donato's betrayal-with Maria, a beautiful family friend. Had he forgotten his vows so soon? Did he expect Grace to play the dutiful wife, while he continued to enjoy a bachelor life-style? The hurt had been unbearable, and Grace had fled. But Donato insisted he was still her husband-by contract-and he wanted Grace back in his life, and his bed!HUSBANDS & WIVESSometimes the perfect marraige is worth waiting for!
The marriage bargain Melanie wasn't interested in marrying for money-but under the terms of her uncle's will, that was exactly what she must do! Concerned about Melanie's wild ways, her uncle had left her his millions-on condition that she'd reformed...and could prove it, by making a suitable marriage! Melanie wasn't interested in becoming rich, but she was determined to prove she'd changed. Only, the man she had to convince was her uncle's lawyer, Clay Logan. A devastatingly attractive man-and ideal husband material?
His faith was being tested For The first time: Chad Reece's promising pro football career was cut short by a devastating accident, and then a kidney transplant revealed his biological parents were a couple he'd considered family friends. Shaken, Chad was determined to recover on his own, when he met Vicky Lanham, a pretty hospital volunteer. Vicky's passion for mission work impressed Chad, who felt a call of his own to assist others. Perhaps it was the start of God's new plan-a life together helping others.
The Lost Springs Ranch for troubled boys is at stake, and it's a man's duty to give back...Bachelor #1Name: Rob Carter, 36Occupation: Pathologist, DenverBiggest Achievement: Putting himself through med school on a basketball scholarshipIt's so humiliating! Beautician Twyla McCabe's well-meaning customers won her a bachelor at the Lost Springs Auction to raise money to save the beloved ranch for troubled boys. She'd find a way to wriggle out of the charitable date, except... It might fool everyone at her dreaded high-school reunion if she arrived with Dr. Rob Carter. Her gorgeous fiancé.
From Jillian Hunter, a mesmerizing author who "weaves a spell over her audience" (Romantic Times), comes a sensual, witty new novel about an untamed Scottish beauty and a rakish English lord who set each other's souls on fire. Catriona Grant is desperate. Fleeing a forced marriage in Scotland, she arrives on the doorstep of Rutleigh Hall seeking shelter as a distant relation, only to find that Knight Dennison, the Viscount Rutleigh, may be worse than the man she fled. True to his dangerous reputation, Knight threatens to toss the penniless, flame-haired impostor out -- until she produces the family ring as proof of her identity. Thrust into the role of guardian, the dark, compelling Knight has his doubts about the lovely Scottish lass, who's clearly keeping secrets -- but her wit, beauty, and artless grace are hard to resist. When his sister starts husband-hunting for Catriona, the idea of any other man possessing her is suddenly unthinkable. For Knight realizes that there's only one possible groom for her: himself!
Let the hunt begin ... Lisa Madison wants a husband, and she has just the candidate in mind: Robert Langley. Trouble is, the infuriating man insists on seeing her as the impish girl she once was--even as every other gentleman in London has taken notice of her womanly . . . charms. When her beauty lands her in danger, it's Robert who comes to the rescue, only to announce his affections are not of the romantic kind! Robert saw enough sorrow in his parents' union to know he wants nothing to do with marriage, which is exactly what he'll be trapped into if he acts on his desire for the irksome siren. And then Lisa does what Robert least expects: gives up on him! As feigned indifference gives way, blistering passion burns at last. But just before the pair can succumb to hard-won bliss, an enemy with unfinished business lurks, threatening to destroy them both.
An Unexpected Husband. Against her better judgment, Lady Gillian Marley needs to find herself a husband -- and quickly. To claim her uncle's unexpected bequest she must marry by her next birthday, which leaves only two months to find a malleable mate. Topping her list of eligible candidates is the honorable Earl of Shelbrooke, yet one look at the very handsome but enigmatic nobleman and Gillian knows that cajoling him into a marriage of convenience will be hardly convenient at all. A Marriage of Inconvenience. Far from immune to Gillian's entrancing charms, the last thing Richard Shelton is about to bind himself into is a chaste marriage. Though the inheritance is more than and tempting, Richard knows the lady herself is the real prize and isn't about to allow Gillian to deny the burning fervor that sparks between them. Now he has only two months to convince her to be his wife in full ... before his mysterious secret is revealed and their lives explode irrevocably into scandal.
HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Dream Lover... Though Rose told herself that she wasn't looking for another involvement, it would be nice if the man of her dreams swept her off her feet. But the trouble with daydreams about Mr. Right was that sometimes you found him! When Sam Horton arrived in town, Rose instantly recognized Husband Material; he also came as part of a family package, with daughter included. However, foolish fantasies were one thing, reality quite another: Sam was acting as lawyer for Chad Westbrook, local Romeo and cheater of widows, who had hired him to sue Rose! "Emma Goldrick's light humorous touch...gives readers a wonderful lasting impression." -Romantic Times HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO
Rebecca Wells desperately wants to overcome her reputation. She's finally trying to put an end to her twenty-four-year rivalry with the perfect Josh Hill, a rivalry that began when she was a kid and the Hills moved in across the street. Great-looking, popular, a successful horse rancher, Josh is Dundee's golden boy--and the son her father always wanted.But even when her father insists they call a truce, it's hard for Rebecca to drop her resentment of Josh. She refuses to acknowledge that she feels more for him than she's ever let on. The man she loves to hate is also the man she'd hate to love!
Meeting sexy and dynamic entrepreneur Alex Solomos has transformed Lisa's life. In the seven weeks since their whirlwind wedding, her confidence and happiness-- both in and out of the bedroom-- have grown enormously.But Lisa finds she can't shake some nagging doubts about her husband. Passionate as Alex is, there are parts of his professional and personal life he insists on keeping from his new wife. She tells herself she's being foolish, until she makes two shocking discoveries in one night.
Following a night of passion and resulting pregnancy Angelica married the wealthy playboy, but she insisted on sleeping separately. Changing her mind was a formidable challenge.
HE WON'T TRADE IN THE TENT FOR A WHITE PICKET FENCE... Small-town life has never held any charm for documentary filmmaker Sam Hove. But after a mishap in the Amazon during filming, Willing, Montana, seems like the perfect place for a quiet recovery. Until he finds out that the town is hosting a reality dating show. And with a neighbor like Lucia Swallow, the idea of love and commitment are more dangerous than anything he's encountered in the wild. A widow with three kids, Lucia represents everything Sam has always avoided: responsibility, family, stability. So why is he finding any excuse he can to be with her and the children? A life with Lucia couldn't possibly be the kind of adventure he's looking for, so he's got to get out...before he gets hooked.
Melanie Wysh wasn't one to wallow in heartbreak. So when her husband served her with divorce papers with no warning and disappeared, she took a new job in a new state. And met a new man--her therapy client Rolland Jones. Rolland was new in more ways than one: after a car accident, he required extensive reconstructive surgery and it had left him with no memory. It was up to Melanie to rebuild this brave, beautiful man's mind. And soon Rolland was rebuilding her heart. Melanie knew these familiar feelings of love were forbidden for a client. Yet Rolland was the second chance she was looking for--in ways that would shock her to her very soul. . . .
BACK FROM THE DEAD? Ben Brand had thought nothing could hurt more than losing Penny, his cherished wife. He was wrong. When Penny mysteriously turned up on his ranch, dazed but alive, Ben faced a new kind of anguish. His beloved had no memory of her past-or of him.Ben set out to discover what had happened to his wife. Penny had to remember everything: who she was, where she'd been-the love they'd shared-because he couldn't stand to lose the only woman he'd ever loved-again.This family was born, bred-and bound to be wed-in Texas!
What he wants, he takes!Cruelly discarded on her wedding night, Noelle Ducasse buries the shame of being an untouched bride-creating a new, glamorous life to mask the relentless ache of loneliness. Until Ammar returns...The image of Noelle's guileless eyes lingers with Ammar still. Noelle can refuse him all she likes, but this time the ruthless Ammar will not be denied. He'll spend each moment of each night proving that-no matter how much her mind denies it-she will melt under her husband's exquisite touch....
She devised her own standards for the perfect man. Now, can she resist him? Betina Krahn, the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Talking Man and The Soft Touch, is at her most charming and witty in this enchanting tale of unlikely love. She vowed never to be married. . . . Sister Eloise was perhaps the most well intentioned novice at the Convent of the Brides of Virtue - and the one always in the most trouble. Headstrong and earnest, she was determined to surprise her frustrated abbess and succeed in her latest role as the convent's new husband judge. But to do so this modest beauty, who had forsaken all carnal pleasure, must judge a warrior whose mere presence exuded a dangerous, unpredictable, and totally male sensuality. He'd do anything to be a husband. . . . Peril, earl of Whitmore, needed a virtuous wife in the worst possible way. And he could think of no way worse than taking a stubborn, opinionated young novice back to his blighted estate and proving he was husband material. But in the days and nights to come he finds that the one test he can't pass is resisting this maddeningly irresistible woman. And as the dark secret of the Whitmore estate is revealed and their passion ignited by a single forbidden touch, they find that the perfect match is often made in a far more sensuous place than heaven.
Here comes the substitute bride. . . . Violet Brantford has always longed for the passionate embrace of Adrian Winter, the wealthy Duke of Raeburn. Problem is, he's set to marry Violet's vivacious, more socially polished look-alike twin sister, Jeannette. But when Jeannette refuses to go through with the ceremony mere minutes before it is to begin, soft-spoken Violet finds herself walking down the aisle and taking vows in her sister's place. Soon shy Violet is a high-society wife, trying to keep her real identity a secret while living out the fantasies of her wildest dreams. Adrian thinks he knows exactly what he's gotten himself into: Jeannette may be flighty and, well, a bit self-involved, but she's the picture-perfect wife to carry on the Winter name. Yet this marriage of convenience brings the groom more than he bargained for when he finds his sweet, innocent wife surprising him at every turn. And though he never planned on true love, Adrian is definitely in danger of losing his heart.
FAMILIES ARE FOREVERALL THE GOOD ONES WERE TAKEN...Since high school, Caroline Masters' heart had belonged to just one man: Sloan Walters. But Sloan had already pledged his love to another, so Caroline left town, vowing never to reveal her secret feelings.Now, twelve years had passed. Sloan was raising his two rambunctious boys alone when fate brought him and Caroline together again. Time had changed a lot of things-including the way Sloan looked at her. Caroline could barely believe it. Could she turn the man of her dreams into the husband of a lifetime?Happily ever after...with kids!
In his wickedly observant collection of essays, Fried turns his attention to the subject of marriage--his own and others. The result is a daring, provocative, often hilarious read that throws incisive light on mysteries that have long plagued womankind: the inner workings of the male mind.
A PAGE-TURNING GLIMPSE INTO FIVE MARRIAGES AND THE FIGHT TO SAVE THEMFor more than a year, journalist Laurie Abraham sat in with five troubled couples as they underwent the searing process of group marriage therapy. Published as The New York Times Magazine's cover story "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" the resulting article generated intense reader response and received the Award for Excellence in Journalism from the American Psychoanalytic Association. Though the article allowed Abraham to focus on only one couple, this book, which grew out of it and the reaction it inspired, tells the moving, fascinating story of all five.The couples: Can Leigh and Aaron find the intimacy their marriage lacks; will Bella and Joe resolve the imbalance of power that threatens to topple their marriage; are Sue Ellen and Mark as ideal as they seem; what happened to Rachael that Michael cannot acknowledge; and do Marie and Clem, with the help of therapist Judith Coché, come back from the brink of divorce?With the dexterity of a novelist, Abraham recounts the travails, triumphs, and reversals that beset the five couples. They work with their therapist--and each other--to find out whether they can rediscover the satisfaction in marriage that they once had. At times wrenching, at times inspiring, the sessions bring out the long-hidden resentments, misunderstandings, unmet desires, and unspoken needs that bedevil any imperiled couple. At the same time, these encounters provide road maps to reconciliation and revival that can be used by anyone in a relationship. Along the way, the author draws on her explorations of literature and Freudian theory, modern science, and today's cutting-edge research to decode the patterns and habits that suggest whether a troubled marriage will survive or die. Both an important look at the state of marital dysfunction and a reaffirmation of the enduring bonds of love, The Husbands and Wives Club is an extraordinary year in the life of the American marriage.
No one ever had reason to speak ill of the Crawfords. The wealthy Oklahoma ranchers were the cornerstone of Lawton society. But with the arrival of a stranger in town, rumors soon spread of an affair, an illegitimate child and a payoff that occurred decades ago.... Now Caleb Crawford was paying the ultimate price for his indiscretion. His wife was bewildered, his children conflicted, and all were shocked to meet the very pregnant girlfriend of Caleb's bastard son. What would this revelation mean to a family once so close, yet now so shrouded in secrets? Would this case of hushed-up paternity prove once and for all what the Crawfords were truly made of?
New York Times bestselling author and Cosmopolitan's editor-in-chief returns with a sizzling, page-turning thriller in which an ordinary woman flees the scene of a murder--and realizes it's not just the law that's hunting her. When Lake Warren learns that her husband, Jack, is suing for full custody of their two kids four months after their separation, she's pretty certain that things can't get any worse. The upside is that she's working with the Advanced Fertility Center as a marketing consultant, alongside the attractive, flirtatious Dr. Keaton. But the morning after their one-night stand, Lake finds Keaton with his throat slashed and discovers that things can indeed become worse--they can become deadly. So as not to jeopardize her case for custody, Lake is forced to lie to the police. Having just been intimate with a man who has been murdered, and wanting to protect herself from being charged with the crime, she begins her own search for the truth. Meanwhile, the police start looking at her closely, people at the clinic start treating her with hostility, and strange clues begin dropping--quite literally--on her doorstep, and Lake realizes that she is dangerously close to dark secrets, both about Keaton and the clinic. But can Lake stop what she's started before it's too late?
Thirteen-year-old Toswiah finds her life changed when her family enters the witness protection program.
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