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Only two coins and a gold pendant heart separate widowed ANNIE MOSS from disaster. The fields need to be plowed, the barn repaired and food stored for the winter, but she is alone and afraid. Her dream of a home for her children hangs from the promise of a wandering man to keep moving on, a man she has no reason to trust.
TRACE RANDOLPH has lost everything except his honor, so when a desperate ANNIE saves his life he knows he must pay his debt, even if it means marrying her. The only promise he makes is to leave before the winter snows. A promise he finds impossible to keep.
Trace wiped his forehead with the back of his hand and hefted another bundle of shingles onto his shoulder. The sweat dripped off him and he knew he smelled like an old goat. He wondered if Annie had noticed, or if he were the only one suffering from this itch. His mouth was parched and he made a note to purchase more mints when he visited town. A blister burned on his heel. And work shoes. His high-heeled boots werenâ€™t designed for doing farm chores.
He planned on taking a quick dip in the creek later to wash away his ripe odor. The scent of lavender, light and delicate as the woman herself, filled his head. Annie stood behind him. He turned. She smiled and held out a dripping glass of water. Nodding his thanks, he swallowed the drink with pleasure. He wiped his mouth with the back of his hand and her blue eyes flicked from his fingers to his mouth.
"When do you expect to be done?"
A longing to touch her seared him like a hot poker. Trace jerked his gaze from her mouth to eye the rising sun and gathering clouds. He gauged the daylight hours left.
"Maybe by tonight. It looks like rain, and I hope to have it completed so you wonâ€™t be inconvenienced again."
Her fingers trembled slightly when she held out her hand for the empty glass. His gaze darted to her face. She blushed at his bold stare and stepped back.
"Iâ€™m sure I never implied--"
"No, you didnâ€™t, but I have eyes in my head. You need your privacy. I intend to get Diggerâ€™s bunk ready as well as my own."
She blushed a color reminiscent of the climbing roses in his motherâ€™s garden. He realized she was embarrassed by his reference to sleeping arrangements. He was enchanted by her sweet reaction. A woman so innocent shouldnâ€™t be the mother of two children.
Her gaze dropped to the ground as she hugged the glass to her breasts. The dripping condensation soaked into the fabric. She didnâ€™t notice the wet material clinging to her soft outline, but he did. Heat pulsed low in his groin. He longed to trace the outline of dampness with his mouth.
"I need to go into town. Would you like to come?" Trace didnâ€™t know where the suggestion sprang from, but Annieâ€™s eyes sparkled with anticipation, then dimmed.
"But we have chores toâ€¦"
"Let Digger do them," he interrupted.
She hesitated. Cackling laughter followed by a whoop of excitement broke the silence stretching between them. Annie gave him a shaky nod before heading back toward the house.
Trace cursed under his breath as he watched the sweet sway of her hips when she climbed the shallow steps to the porch. Annie was soft and curvy in all the right places. She cast him a quick glance before darting inside.
Multi-published author Barbara Edwards grew up in New England, giving birth to her interest in history. She has traveled extensively across the United States and uses every opportunity to explore the research resources available. A member of RWA since 1989, she is currently the Chapter President of Charter Oak Romance Writers. She teaches a class on romance writing at Manchester Community College and speaks at various local organizations on writing.
Barbara and her husband lived in Florida for ten years where they became Civil War re-enactors. She has a dog that thinks its more fun to take a walk than watch her write and enjoys raising roses.
"Quote." â€“ Pat Potter, Award winning author calls Another loveâ€¦"A real page turner with wonderful characters and a unique plot. You canâ€™t miss with this one.â€
Reviews from Romantic Times Magazine **** 1/2 (four and one-half stars)
Drew Larkin has fallen into the hands of his prey. When Meg Warren rescues him from the tumble he takes from his horse, she unwittingly provides the opportunity he needs to prove she is involved in the kidnapping of his nephew. The pretty Meg vows she knows of no plot to hold the boy ransom in exchange for a political favor, one that would force Drew's father to betray President Cleveland.
But she does have a secret. Never having the love of a family, she means to keep hers together. It is the only way to protect the brood of orphans she has adopted. She must resist the powerful feelings this stranger evokes at all costs. Drew is torn between his growing desire for Meg and loyalty to his family. How can they trust one another, despite their growing attraction?
ANOTHER LOVE is a story that is hard to put down. The characters are well-developed and the setting is vivid amidst a solid, balanced plot.
ANOTHER LOVE, Reviewed by Debbie Pollart
Meg Warren has more than her hands full with her adoptive brood of five and making a living off of her upstate New York farm. When Meg saw that some of the orphaned children she knew became little more than unpaid servants under the stern care of their adoptive families, Meg took it upon herself to remove those most affected, or least likely to be adopted, and headed back to her home after the death of her abusive father. Unfortunately, the children didn't always come to Meg by legal means. She knows that one day someone will find her out, and she fears that that day has come. Her few years living in New York City have left her alert to strangers, and when Drew Larkin shows up wounded and bleeding on her doorstep, she knows taking him in may jeopardize those closest to her.
Drew knows he is close to finding his nephew Jimmy, recently abducted from his grandparents' home. Jimmy has become a political pawn because of his grandfather's close ties to President Grover Cleveland. With talk of switching from the silver standard to the gold, huge fortunes are at stake and pressure is being put on those with presidential influence, including Drew's own father. Drew has been sent on a secret mission to find out who has been threatening his family. While Drew is convinced that Meg is somehow involved with the plot to take Jimmy, he can't seem to keep his hands or his lips from betraying his mission or his resolve. Relieved that Jimmy has been found by his relatives, Meg reluctantly agrees to help Drew ferret out the people responsible for his kidnapping.
Unfortunately, their cover story has them married and returning to the high-society and politics of Drew's world. Meg has agreed to the sham marriage because she intends to get an annulment and return home once the mystery is solved. Unfortunately for her, Drew has his own ideas about an annulment and his growing feelings for Meg override his continuing suspicions. Distrust on both sides must be overcome before true love makes the day. Throw in some political intrigue and whodunit and enjoy this afternoon read.
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 326
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