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The Stranger's Wife Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 1999
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A passionate Old West romance by the award-winning Osborne!
For the first time, Maggie has written a chillingly suspenseful story reminiscent of Rebecca a change in direction current tastes in the romance market should enthusiastically embrace. Hard-luck Lily Dale is released early from the Yuma Womens Prison under the provision that she temporarily impersonate the wife of Colorado gubernatorial candidate Quinn Westin, a powerfully handsome man with grand ideas for reform and a demonic drive to implement them. Now his plans include Lily, identical twin to his runaway wife. Quinn and his power hungry political advisor undertake the unlikely transformation of dirty and disheveled Lily into the model of gentility and social grace that was Miriam Westin. The transformation goes more smoothly than expected, and Quinn finds himself succumbing to the temptations of this spirited version of Miriam who is so hauntingly like her, and yet so charmingly not. Once in the vanished womans shoes, Lily is privy to some of Miriams secret former activities making her increasingly suspiciousand then fearfulabout the real cause of the mysterious womans disappearance. Lily decides she must find out for herself, despite a growing certainty that this man she finds herself unable to resist, may in fact be behind his wifes demise. After all, Quinn will do anything to get what he wants, and now he wants Lily. Maggie Osborne is winner of the esteemed RITA award for best long historical romance of 1997 for The Promise of Jenny Jones.
"If youre not reading Maggie Osborne, youre missing one of the best writers in the business." --Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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A Stranger's Wife also reminds this reader of Pygmalion - and even of Jane Eyre. A definite must read - and a keeper!
Does Paul get his own book? I think he needs one!
Our heroine far outshines our hero in this story, but that's ok because we learn to love them both. Quinn has his own problems, one of his biggest being a moral kind of guy running for politics in the late 1800's. Although Ms. Osbourne tries to shead Quinn as a self-centered, ruthless character, too many bleading heart liberal ideas flow out and ruin this effect. This leads the ending to be not quite as surprising as it could have been otherwise. Lily, on the other hand is a down to earth kind of gal, who is enjoyable to read about. She has spunk and grit, and though life has thrown her a bunch of curveballs, she manages to hit homeruns.
Although I like Ms. Osbourne's writing style, that is probably the only criticism that I have with the story. As an easy reading story, this book is great. I tend to gravitate to books with more intricate plots and lots of details (ie Diana Gabaldon's books) so this was a little TOO light. Even so, don't miss this one!!!!
The only thing I didn't appreciate was the rather forced ending. It felt like Maggie Osborne was running out of words and had to force an ending, which for me marred what could have been an excellent story/book.
Maggie, your ending was too abrupt.
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I have read this book probably about five times over the past ten years and I will definitely read it again because it is so very good.
In the beginning, Lily Dale is being released from prison. She thinks her release is into the custody of a man seeking the governorship of Colorado, Quinn Weston. Quinn and his king-maker, Paul, let her believe that she can be sent back to prison to serve the remaining 5 years of her sentance if she is unwilling to go along with thier plan that she play the role of Quinn's wife Miriam who mysteriously has disappeared.
After the election she will be reunited with her daughter and sent to another country with compensation to ensure she and her daughter can live out their lives comfortably.
Lily Dale, after just enough information about Mariam's background starts to wonder exactly what has happened to Marium. Is she still alive as Quinn and Paul assure her or is Marium dead...killed by the two people who stand to gain so much from her death?
While delving more and more into the life of Mariam, Lily is positive that something is horribly wrong. Determined to find out exactly what has happened to Mariam, Lily Dale is plunged more and more into the life of a woman she is a dead-ringer for.
But, Lily has another problem...she is falling in love with Quinn.
The outcome will surprise you and keep you frantically turning page after page to find the answers Lily is frantically searching for.
You will not regret reading this wonderful book. I recommend it highly.
are never forseen. I will keep reading them!
I liked Lily and I liked her story. I loved the ending, although my complaint is it wrapped up too quickly. Without giving anything away, I'll say I loved how people Lily thought the worst of turned out to be wonderful people in the end. Thoroughly enjoyable and barely put-downable.
I've been reading Maggie Osborne since about 2002 when I discovered SILVER LINING and loved it. From then on I savored each book. I DO, I DO, I DO was another favorite of mine as was BRIDE OF WILLOW CREEK which was a beautiful story with a bit of an annoying child but terribly moving. PROMISE OF JENNY JONES had the most incredible beginning! PRAIRIE MOON was okay, FOXFIRE BRIDE I'm afraid I can't remember too well. My least favorite thus far was probably SHOTGUN WEDDING. I can't believe this author isn't always on the NY TIMES BESTSELLER list!! And why I never heard of her before SILVER LINING?! Thanks to Amazon listmania I discovered Maggie Osborne!! Thanks Amazon!