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Silver Lining [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Maggie Osborne

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Dec 2001
Hailed as "one of the best writers in the business" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, multi-award-winning author Maggie Osborne delivers hilarious and heartrending tales of resilient women full of grit, pride, and dignity who shine through hard times. Now meet the most irresistible and independent heroine of them all, a woman called Low Down, who never had anything good happen to her until the day she asked for the one thing that only a man could give her. . . .

As scruffy and rootless as the other prospectors searching for gold in the Rockies, Low Down wanted nothing in return for nursing a raggedy bunch through the pox. But when pressed to reveal her heart's wish, she admits, "I want a baby." Not a husband, not a forced marriage to the proud man who drew the scratched marble and became honor bound to marry her. To be sure, Max McCord was easy on the eyes, but he loved another woman and dreamed of a different life. Yet they agreed to a temporary marriage that could end only in disaster. But can this strange twist of fate lead to the silver lining that both have been searching for?
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  • Hardcover: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas T Beeler; Largeprint edition (Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574903756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574903751
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 3 cm

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  58 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SILVER LINING is a story full of heart. 11 Mar 2000
By Holly Fuhrmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Low Down is prospecting for gold when a small pox outbreak hits the camp. She rolls up her sleeves and cares for all the miners, bullying them into surviving, loaning them the sheer force of her will until they can't do anything but survive. Full of gratitude they promise to give her whatever her heart desires. A piano? A house? No, Low Down's secret heart's desire is a baby -- someone who will allow her to love them, and will love her in return. What she didn't ask for was a husband, but that's just what the prospector's give her. A reluctant husband to be a father to her baby.
Max McCord doesn't know what to make of the whiskey swilling, cussing woman he finds himself tied to. She saved his life, and now marrying her has ruined it. He sees his dreams, the life he planned disappear. What on earth does he do now?
Marrying Max begins Low Down's transformation into Louise, the woman she's always kept hidden from the world. Their marriage sets all kinds of trouble into motion, but the relationship they forge soon proves strong enough to handle each and every one of them. The only question that remains by the end of the book, is will these two strong people allow themselves to let down their defenses and let love flourish?
Maggie Osborne is a powerful storyteller and Silver Lining was truly a heart-warming read.
43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just plain disappointing. 28 May 2000
By "kleo76" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Let me just say - I love Western romances. Usually they have heroines who are spunky, heroes who are tortured but adorable, and storylines fraught with drama without being overly intense. This story was sadly lacking a great hero, and as a result it was terribly disappointing.
Low Down, aka Louise Downe, has led a rough life. She's an orphaned woman who has been living on her own since she was a kid, and has been doing this without compromising her values. She is the only person in a mining town in Colorado willing to tend a bunch of sick men, and if she hadn't they'd have all died of the pox. Thus, when they offer her anything she wants as a reward, and she says she wants a baby, one of them must marry her to give her her wish. However, because Low Down has been tending for their sick butts and mining for quite a while, she's a mess when all this happens, and no one wants to marry her, least of all the guy she gets hitched to.
Max, the guy that marries Low Down, is actually a visiting rancher who has led a pretty good life and wants to return to it ASAP, not marry the haggardly Low Down. Plus Max is a little ...[mad] because he was supposed to marry this manipulative, vapid woman back home named Philadelphia. So, Max loves Philly (for some ungodly reason), but he felt honor-bound to marry Low Down.
My problems with this storyline were many. First, Loise/Low Down has been tending to these men for a while but yet none of them gives her the benefit of the doubt. Everyone, including the hero, assumes she's a hag. This does not endear the hero to the reader at all -- apparently in this world it's more important that you look cute than that you are a kind, compassionate, honorable person. Second, Max is so upset for so long with his marriage to Louise that I ended up not liking him. He insists on seeing only her faults, and misses all of her wonderful qualities, and he does this *so often* that I questioned his judgment. Third, Max showed horrid judgment by falling for the manipulative Philadelphia in the first place. How could he not have seen that she is all show and no substance? Finally, it takes the book so long to get to the time when Max does start realizing how wonderful Louise is, and when he does so the book zooms past this revelation to the mystery/suspense angle, that it's hard to really believe in the supposed love story. Max had been such a jerk for so long - thinking the worst of Louise and not protecting her from an initially suspicious family and a mean ex-fiance - that I wanted him to have a moment of clarity, and then to repent, and to have to work for Louise's affections. Instead, the book glosses over this aspect of the story, and left me wanting.
Maybe what went wrong with this book was that the author made the heroine so eminently likable and compassionate that anyone who wasn't able to pick up on this seemed either mean or stupid. I kept thinking - if she's so great, and he's so great, why can't he *see* how great she is? It's too bad that this is what happened, because this is how the hero came off in the end, and I ended up not liking the book as a result.
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars--Another great gritty heroine with a heart! 31 Jan 2000
By Mir - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I wanted so hard to give this a full five stars, because Osborne is just such a good writer. Your eyes skim smoothly through the prose, you stop and laugh out loud here, you stop to wipe a tear from your eyes there, your heart gets all warm all over. She has such a gift, Osborne does, and her greatest being that of creating unconventional heroines in hard-luck situations who have amazing backbone and integrity, even when life stomps them down a few times. You just have to love her tough gals!Unfortunately, Osborne's villains do tend to be on the cardboard side--sociopaths with no redeeming qualities. Yeah, I like my good guys to be good, and my bad guys to be bad, but I like some subtlety, too. That's my main quibble with SILVER LINING--which is nevertheless a terrific read and one I recommend to all lovers of Western romance, or just plain romance in general. Low Down will win your heart, no question!My other quibbles--a very shopworn cliche plot situation at the end of the book which is beneath a writer of Osborne's true talent. And a hero that is just not really an equal match for Low Down. (Same problem in The Promise of Jenny Jones). I'd like to see Osborne's next one give us a hero who is as gritty and tough and deep down wonderful and well-drawn as the heroines she crafts.But I'll BUY that next Osborne, just as I've bought all the preceding ones. The woman can write. The woman can make heroines that make me want to hug them and make them my best friends. It's a gift, I tell you. : )BTW..if your heart doesn't just break over the things that happen with the spoon on the book's cover, you need to check that ticker of yours. And if you don't laugh out loud several times over the early scenes with the miners and Low Downe and the preacher, or later on about the "dawdling" (inside joke for the novel's readers), you're just plain "daid" inside, ma'am. *Mir*
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book! Read This One! 30 Jan 2000
By Susan Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is Maggie Osborne at the Top of Her Game! Members of Romance Writers of America get to nominate the books we most enjoy for our Favorite Books of the Year award, and Silver Linings is going to be my first nominee for 2000. Low Down is one of the best heroines to come along since Maggie's Jenny Jones. She's fully developed, real, and wonderful. I know it's a cliche, but I don't care--I couldn't put this sucker down! Today I was on the phone with my sister and as I started to tell you what a good book this was, she laughed. One of her friends had told her about the book just a few days earlier. If you want a book to cheer about, this is the one!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maggie Osborne has done it again! 10 Jan 2000
By A Satisfied Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
She has created a truly memorable love story, and her characters are not fairy tale perfect. The hero and heroine each bring seemingly insurmountable problems to this marriage of convenience, but they grow together in a loving and convincing way. I laughed and cried and went back and reread scenes as soon as I finished the book. A true five star recommendation.
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