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Product Details

  • Series: Forrester Brothers (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425212203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425212202
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Maureen McKade has been making up stories since the moment she learned to read, write and string sentences together. Her first book, "Winter Hearts", published in 1997 was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's (RWA) Golden Heart contest, then a finalist in RWA's RITA for best first book. Since then, she's written thirteen more books and a short story for an anthology.
She taught middle school science for three years then held a variety of jobs--bookstore clerk, administrative assistant, customer service manager, department manager, and pharmacy technician--until she settling on writing. (Or, more aptly, until writing settled on her.)
Maureen and her husband, a retired Air Force officer, now live on 40 nature-filled acres in southwestern North Dakota with their two French Brittany Spaniels and three cats. Her eclectic list of leisure pursuits include long walks with hubby and their dogs, reading, wildlife watching, golfing, bird hunting, and puttering around in the kitchen.
To learn more, visit http://www.maureenmckade.net

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One word of caution you better have a box of Kleenex handy as you will need it.
Kristi Ahlers
Laurel forms a fragile bond with Creed as she has rejected eveything in life and he helps her heal her wounded spirit and allows her to find her heart.
M. Hebdige
America 1800's post Civil War A REASON TO LIVE is a great tale of recovery from tragedy and loss and finding love along the way!
Nancy Compton

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on September 17, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Laurel Covey has lost a lot in a very small period of time. Her husband is killed during the civil war, her family has turned its back on her because she dare to marry a Southerner, and the ghosts of the men she tried to help working as a nurse in the field haunt her dreams. Deciding the best way to put the past behind her is to face the families of the dead soldiers and share with them their loved ones last words and thoughts. Laurel hopes that this will not only give the loved ones peace, but maybe just maybe she will achieve a little peace. Her travels are solitary until one afternoon a man races to her rescue. It's providence that they should meet. Creede Forrester, an ex-gunslinger is looking for Laurel. He hopes that she will tell him that his son really didn't die during the war. He has no one right now and his life has never seemed so empty. But, Laurel is going to change all that and together these two wounded people will put the past to rest and find a happy ending.

I have been a long time fan of Ms. McKade dating back to her first titles she wrote for Avon back in the mid `90's. Her talent has only grown as she has perfected her craft penning her romances. "A Reason to Live" is full of heart and emotion and Laurel and Creede are perfectly matched, each helping the other through their individual pain. The eclectic cast of secondary animal characters and human characters as well are a perfect complement to the story. Ms. McKade has done a fine job bringing the post civil war south to life and the reader will see, feel, and hear all of the elements she has described as we travel along with Creede and his Laurel. If you are only going to read one historical romance this fall, I highly suggest you select this one. One word of caution you better have a box of Kleenex handy as you will need it. This is one read that will tug at your heart. Reviewed for CK2S Kwips and Kritiques.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Kaiser VINE VOICE on September 10, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wow, what a story! McKade is really coming into her own as a solid romance novelist. She has created a heroine who is truly unique, a woman struggling with the bloody horrors trapped in her memory, afraid she's slowly going crazy, and a hero who is also trying to come to grips with his wife's and son's deaths. In the aftermath of the Civil War, Laurel, our heroine, travels the South to bring the victim's final words to their families as she has promised the men she would do. Creede joins her in her quest, and their initial antipathy towards each other turns into respect and then love. But, what is so good here is the vivid descriptions of a South ruined by the War, of people who are much worse off than before. McKade does an excellent job of bringing the reader into the broken, desperate experiences of so many different kinds of people affected by the ravages of the Civil War. Her two main characters are hurting in different ways, but drawn to each other as well. You will see the South through their eyes, but will also enjoy a good, page-turning plot and a satisfying love story. There are at least two more stories that will spin off from this initial novel, and I am thrilled. Can't wait for the next one!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 9, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
During the Civil War Nurse Laurel Covey provides solace to dying soldiers though no one offers comfort to her. Her Massachusetts parents disowned her after forcing her to choose between them and her Virginian spouse, who died at Gettysburg. His family wants nothing to do with a New Englander. Though watching the young die torches her soul, she writes down their last words promising them she would deliver their final message to loved ones.

In 1865 though bone wary from the war, she begins her odyssey to bring comfort to the grieving family members of those she watched die. When two scraggily hooligans assault her, bounty hunter Creede Forrester rescues her. The Texan has come east to find his estranged son, who fought for the Confederacy. She informs him that his son died. Anger joins his feelings of guilt as he never obtained the chance to reconcile with his offspring. He joins her quest out of remorse for failing his late spouse and son. As they venture from one grieving family to another, they turn to each other for solace; love blossoms, but both has major psyche hurts that make neither able to show how they feel.

Though a historical, A REASON TO LIVE is a deep poignant tale that clearly would apply today as Laurel makes the difficult rounds to provide grieving individuals and families with the last words of their deceased loved ones. The lead couple is an enchaning pair who care about others for different reasons. The romance enhances the story one, but this Post Civil War drama belongs to those suffering from the loss of a loved one; perhaps if the presumptive first strike believers had to visit the surviving family members to tell them their loved one died in combat they would take a harder look at the war only option.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Hebdige on September 8, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A REASON TO LIVE is the story of a troubled woman that has endured the ravages of war and of a man that goes looking for his injured son and finds that he has died in the war.

Laurel Covey, a confederate nurse, has spent 3 years in army tents, surrounded by the most horrific sights and foul smells imaginable. She has consoled dying soldiers and nursed the few that after healing are thrown back into the fray. Laurel has collected the dying words of soldiers and has written them in a journal. After the war is over, she journeys to deliver the last words of those fallen soldiers to the respective families all over the country. She has lost everything in War - her husband, her possessions and her soul and feels she is loosing her mid as well.

She encounters Creed Forrester. A Texan rancher and retired gunslinger, Creed is looking for Laurel, as he thinks that she is carrying vital information regarding his son's whereabouts. Creed rescues Laurel from renegade soldiers and eventually finds that she was present at this son's death. He struggles with the grief of loosing his son but realizes that the strong woman he has meet is struggling with demons of her own.

Laurel is plagued by horrible nightmares at night and during the day instances make her retreat into the world of cannon fire, dying men with amputated limbs and the stench of death and blood. She carries the terrible burden that she was asked to choose between the dying soldiers, selecting the ones that were not mortally wounded and feels she didn't do enough to save as many as she could have.

The character development is beautiful as Creed and Laurel get to now each, while he accompanies her in her quest to deliver the messages of the dying soldiers.
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