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A Baby Between Them (Love Inspired Historical) Mass Market Paperback – June 5, 2012

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Book 3 of 3 in the Irish Brides Series

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Winnie Griggs grew up in Louisiana in an area her friends considered the back of beyond. She and her siblings explored overgrown lots, cut jungle trails, built forts and camps, and looked for pirate ships on a nearby bayou.

She found her own Prince Charming wearing the guise of a rancher - his steed is a tractor and his kingdom a rural community where they’re still living out their own happily-ever-after.

You can learn more about Winnie at  winniegriggs.com

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Faith Glen, Massachusetts, August 1850

Nora Murphy looked at her two younger sisters across the room and tamped down the pinprick of jealousy that tried to intrude on her joy at their good fortune.

After all, this was her sister Bridget's wedding day to Will Black, a good and honorable man who loved her dearly. Everyone in town was gathered to celebrate here at Will's home—Bridget's home now, too. It was a joyous occasion and it would be selfish to put her own feelings above her sister's.

So what if just a scant month ago Maeve, the youngest, had also married a wonderful man? No matter how it felt, Nora assured herself, it wasn't truly pitiable to be the oldest and the only one still single and with no marriage prospects. After all, at twenty-five she had a few years left to her before she'd have to don her spinster cap.

Strange how in just a little over two months—a seeming eyeblink of time—her whole world had changed. Back then they'd lived in Ireland amidst the terrible burdens of the potato famine and the sickness that had taken so many of their friends and neighbors, and finally their beloved da. Suddenly orphaned and facing eviction, they'd been left all but destitute and desperate. The startling discovery of a possible inheritance across the ocean in America from an old suitor of their mother's had been an answered prayer. She, Bridget and Maeve had left their homeland, headed for the land of promise with only their faith and the hope of finding a new home in the small town of Faith Glen, Massachusetts, to keep their spirits up.

They'd all taken jobs aboard the ship the Annie McGee to replenish their drained savings after purchasing their passage. Maeve, the youngest, had fallen in love with and married the ship's well-to-do doctor, Flynn Gallagher, before they'd even set foot in America.

And now Bridget, the middle sister, had married Will Black, a mill owner and Faith Glen's wealthiest citizen.

How wonderful that her sisters had found good, honorable men who loved them deeply and who could care for them extravagantly. It was surely a blessing from the Good Lord Himself. And she was certain the Good Lord had plans for her, as well. Whether or not those plans included marriage was another question altogether.

Father Almighty, I really do want to be obedient to You and to patiently await Your will for my life. But please be patient with me when I try to get ahead of You. I am prideful and too often try to control my circumstances.

"I brought you a glass of punch."

Pulled out of her musings, Nora found Sheriff Cameron Long, the man who employed her as housekeeper and cook, standing in front of her. He had a cup in each hand and was holding one out to her. His always-ready, lopsided smile was in evidence, giving him a boyish look despite his imposing size. Really, the sheriff could be so considerate.

When he wasn't being so maddeningly stubborn.

She looked up, meeting his gaze. Unlike her sisters, she had more of her father than her mother in her and had been the tallest of the three siblings. But Sheriff Long still towered over her, which was an uncommon but not entirely unpleasant experience.

"Thank you." She accepted the cup and took a quick sip. "'Twas kind of you to bring it to me."

He took a drink from his own cup. "If you don't mind my asking, what are you doing over here by yourself? As a sister of the bride I would think you'd want to be in the thick of things."

Nora waved toward the cradle that held her infant ward. "I'll rejoin them shortly. I just put Grace down for her nap."

She still found it hard to believe that no one had come forward to claim the newborn foundling who'd been abandoned during their voyage. Perhaps, for some reason, the child's family members couldn't reveal themselves. But whatever the case, Nora was guiltily glad they hadn't. The idea of giving Grace up now was too painful to consider.

As usual, the sheriff avoided more than a quick look Grace's way and merely nodded, then changed the subject. "I understand you made most of the cakes for this little gathering."

"It was my gift to Bridget and Will."

His smile broadened and his heather-blue eyes regarded her in that teasing way he had. Didn't he realize there should be a certain formality between an employer and his hired help?

"And a mighty tasty gift it was," he said, saluting her with his cup. "That was as fine a use of the Hunt-ley-Black chocolate as I can remember. Most everyone is saying how good the desserts are and I saw several guests sneak back around for seconds."

Bridget's new husband owned and operated the Huntley-Black Chocolate Mill, a business that employed a large number of the town's citizens. It had given Nora a great deal of satisfaction to devise a recipe using Will's product for this reception. "I enjoy cooking and baking. I'm just pleased others take pleasure in the results of my efforts."

"And I'm pleased I get to enjoy them on a regular basis."

Her cheeks warmed at the more personal compliment. "Thank you. As I said, I enjoy cooking."

He finished his punch and she expected him to drift away, but instead he nodded toward the other side of the room. "They make a fine picture, don't they?"

Bridget had stooped down to say something to Will's three-year-old twins—her new stepchildren—and the youngsters were giggling. Will stood next to his bride, looking on with a besotted smile.

Nora nodded. "They do indeed. They are all blessed to have found each other."

"Do your Maeve and Flynn plan to stay here for a while?"

She followed his glance toward her other sister and brother-in-law. "No, I'm sorry to say. They'll be returning to Boston as soon as they see Bridget and Will off. Flynn has some patients to look in on tomorrow."

"Well, they can't get their new home built soon enough. The folks in these parts are really looking forward to having their own doctor right here in Faith Glen." Cam turned back to her. "And I'm sure you'll be glad to have your other sister close by."

"It will be good to have the three of us close together again." Maeve and Flynn were having a home built here in Faith Glen but it wasn't finished yet so they were currently living in Flynn's family home in Boston.

Nora cast a quick glance back over her shoulder to make certain Grace was all right. She smiled at the sweet picture the babe made as she slept.

"Speaking of your sisters," Sheriff Long said, "it looks as if they're headed this way."

Nora turned back around and sure enough, Bridget and Maeve were crossing the room toward her, arms linked and skirts swishing as they walked.

"Ladies." The sheriff gave a short bow as Nora's sisters halted in front of them. He smiled at Bridget. "I've already told Will more than once what a mighty lucky fellow he is."

Bridget smiled in return. "Thank you, but I feel like I'm the one who's been blessed."

Cam widened his gaze to include all three of them. "I must say, all of the Murphy sisters are looking especially fetching today."

Did his gaze linger on her just a heartbeat longer than her sisters? Nora pushed that ridiculous thought away. While she was honest enough to know she wasn't plain, she also knew she couldn't hold a candle to her sisters. Maeve was petite with beautiful curly red hair and the exquisite features of a porcelain doll. And Bridget was delicate, soft and dreamy-eyed with untamable hair that always gave her an ethereal look. Nora knew herself to be tall and rather thin, with hair that was plain brown and features that were pleasant enough but nothing out of the ordinary.

The sheriff held his hand out toward her and it took her a moment to realize he was offering to take her now-empty cup. Feeling her cheeks warm, she thrust the cup at him with a bit more force than necessary.

He raised a brow, but accepted the cup graciously enough. "I'll take care of putting this away for you and let you ladies talk."

"Must be nice having him pick up after you for a change."

Nora frowned at Maeve's words. "The sheriff is a good man and a fair employer."

Maeve raised her hand, palm out. "I didn't mean to imply otherwise. I just meant that after cleaning up after him all week I would imagine it would be a pleasant change to have him return the favor."

Nora merely nodded, then turned to her other sister. "Will you and your new husband be off soon then?"

Bridget's cheeks pinkened becomingly as she reached for her sisters' hands. "Yes. But before we leave for Boston, I wanted to thank both of you again for all you did to help make my wedding day so special."

Maeve, who'd supplied the beautiful gown Bridget wore, gave their sister a hug. "It was my pleasure. But, to be sure, your smile is the most beautiful thing you're wearing today."

Nora nodded her agreement before hugging her, as well. "And your joy is sweeter than my baking." She stepped back, taking both of Bridget's hands in hers. "I only wish Mother and Da could've been here to see you today."

Romantically minded Bridget gave her a watery smile. "I do, too. Though I felt very close to them all through the ceremony."

Maeve patted her arm. "They would have been very proud of you."

Nora was certain of that, as well. She hoped their parents would also be proud of her. She'd done her best to hold their household together after their dear mother passed on ten years ago. But with Maeve and Bridget married now, the caretaker part of her life was over, at least as far as her sisters were concerned. She'd always thought she'd feel freer when this day came, not consumed by this sense of loneliness.

Of course she wasn't com...


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Product Details

  • Series: Love Inspired Historical
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373829191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373829194
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some books strike a chord because of your own life. With Irish ancestry and two younger sisters, I was naturally attracted to the Irish Brides Love Inspired Historical trilogy about three sisters who make a new start in America. But it was the writing trio of Cheryl St. John, Renee Ryan and Winnie Griggs that really caught my attention.

In "A Baby Between Them," Winnie Griggs wraps up the adventures of the Murphy sisters with the tale of Nora, the oldest sister responsible for an abandoned infant. Her relationship with the local sheriff Cameron Long is beset by obstacles of all kinds, traumas from the past, responsibilities of the present, and fears for the future. The author's emotional style weaves a story as inspirational as it is romantic. I kept turning the pages as fast as I could and was sorry to see this series end. But it could not have ended on a better note.
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Rarely do I feel a dire need to review a book, but this one stands so far out among the same old, same old, ho-hum historical, I just had to put in my two shillings. Heroine Nora Murphy is as refreshing as she is relatable to every woman who feels she's nothing special, whether by looks or personality. She's learned to accept her lot in life (really, who hasn't been there?), but her kind nature and independent spirit attract Sheriff Cameron Long, who's as strong and deliciously multi-dimensional as heroes come.

What did I love about this book? Other than the simple truth that I could not put it down, Author Winnie Griggs weaves a spiritual tale that makes historical and Christian fiction fans alike go, "Thank you for not writing yet another drop dead gorgeous heroine with no real problems whatsoever!" Seriously. What a breath of fresh air. Both Nora and Cam have their inner demons, which they must overcome and, of course, do by novel's end. Add the wonderfully colorful backdrop of Faith Glen, a twist of adventure, a dash of suspense, and you've got a solid tale that'll stay on your Keeper Shelf for years to come.

Well done, Ms. Griggs. Can't wait for the next release.
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This was the first book I read by Mr. Griggs and I really enjoyed it. This was the 3rd book in the Irish Brides series, each written by a different author. In my opinion this book much surpassed the first two of the series. I don't like the repetition in the Christian stories today. The authors tend to just repeat the subjects thoughts over and over but not Ms. Griggs. Her writing is fresh, new, interesting and I have just finished another of her books Second Hand Family I think was the name, it was wonderful as well. I didn't want to put either book down and I am headed for another of her books. She will definitely be on my list of all time read authors. Thanks so much Ms. Griggs, I enjoyed your book very much. BJ
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Follows the same format as Books 1 and 2 in the Irish Brides series. A really good read without a lot of tension to go with it. The close of this book is not as easily forseen as Book 1 so that makes Book 3 hard to put down.
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I enjoyed the easy flow of this book, it is definitely a light read but worth it. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic novels without all the raunchiness that is in most 'main stream' romance novels. I would recommend reading all three books in this particular series. The first is The Wedding Journey by Cheryl St. John then Mistaken Bride by Renee Ryan and lastly this book.
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I would consider this story as a good Christian romance, but it wasn't very historical, sure it was based on the 1800s and it did reference some about the troubles Ireland had back in that time, but it just didn't have enough history in it to be called historical. I would recommend this book because of the Christian values.
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I wondered if Nora would get her story I was surprised to findit was a different author, equally unknown is the fact that I have no idea if Maeve had her own story. This book started out slow and like in Bridget's story I felt that the characters could have been developed more.
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I finally decided to give this book a try based on the rating. I'm not sure why it has such a great rating. It was just eh for me. There were interesting elements to the story but I didn't feel like the story lived up to it's potential. I see no reason for me to ever read this book again. Honestly the male lead bugged me right from the beginning, I struggled to feel that his reasons for not ever wanting to marry we realistic. Especially since at the end of the book he gets over those reasons quite quickly. I figured out the entire plot of the book within the first few chapters. I don't mind figuring out the plot part way through the book usually but if I can figure it out within the first few chapters then you know the book wasn't thought out very well. Like I said before this book is just eh.
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