- Mass Market Paperback: 342 pages
- Publisher: Leisure Books (Jan 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0843953020
- ISBN-13: 978-0843953022
- Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 2.4 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,703,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That, among family, is a bit far fetched and starchy but pride is an encumbering emotion. Will goes to America, and is rescued and cared for by a young woman who loses her job over her conviction to help him. He remains friends with her over the next 5 years even "helping" her to marry an injured, grieved widower with 3 adorable children. When her "husband"dies she is left in poverty and unable to provide for herself or the children. Will has received a dictate to return to england to his "rightful heritage" out of necessity not forgiveness. But he has little trust for women in general and no wish to fall into his grandfather's control so he solves Maggie's problem and his. They marry. Before this can happen 2 more "accidents" occur and Maggie once again saves Will's life medically. Will is very slow in thinking that these accidents aren't accidents!!! when it's pretty obvious to the rest of us. Eventually Maggie and Will and the 3 precocious but adorable kids set sail for england in a 2 room cabin. The dialogue in this story is delightful. The children hit "trigger points" as children do and the adults, both of whom have 'issues' try to be honest with each other. Both have had traumatic pasts that need to be faced but are deeply held secret. The writing is excellent and when Maggie faces the duke and other pretentious english elite with her forthright manner of speaking, it is too funny. She is a strong woman and incredibly vulnerable as is Will but she doesn't let anyone interfere with those she loves, no matter what. When she finally comes to realize why Will won't defend himself she confronts his family. Of course the bad guy is found after perilous moments and the ending is as it should be. The "honor" issue is a bit overdone and its a stretch that after being abused by an employer and married for several years, maggie still goes to Will as a virgin...and he never comments on it! It surprised me. Although this isn't my first pick to re-read as it's pretty standard fare, I still plan to keep it as it is an enjoyable light read..
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