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"Historical romance at its finest." Julie Bonello at eCataRomance
"Nothing short of a masterpiece." 5 Angels, Fallen Angel Reviews

From the Author

Born near Pittsburgh, Shirley Martin attended the University of Pittsburgh. After graduating from "Pitt", she taught school for one year, then obtained a position as a flight attendant with Eastern Airlines. Based in Miami, she met her future husband there.  After raising three sons, she devoted her time to writing, something she had always wanted to do.

With a vivid imagination and a love of storytelling, Shirley has always enjoyed writing. Her first published novel, "Destined to Love" reflects her familiarity with western Pennsylvania, where she hails from, and her love of romance writing. From this historical romance, she blossomed out to other romance genres. "One More Tomorrow" is a vampire romance, one her publisher dubbed "a sizzling seller". With several fantasy novels and novellas, her writing should appeal to just about every reader of romance. Her books have been sold at Amazon and most major book stores and have garnered great reviews.

A widow, Shirley lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her two cats.

Product Details

  • File Size: 425 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (February 27, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EZF6S0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,901 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in western Pennsylvania, Shirley Martin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. She taught school for one year, then obtained a position as flight attendant with Eastern Air Lines. Based in Miami, she met her future husband there. After raising three sons, she devoted her time to writing, something she'd always wanted to do.

With a vivid imagination and a love of storytelling, Shirley has always enjoyed writing. Her first published novel, "Destined to Love" reflects her familiarity with western Pennsylvania and her love of romance writing. From this historical romance, she blossomed out to other romance genres. "One More Tomorrow" is a vampire romance, one her publisher dubbed "a sizzling seller." With several fantasy novels and novellas, her writing should appeal to just about every lover of romance. Her books have been sold at Amazon and most major bookstores and have garnered great reviews.

A widow, Shirley lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her two cats.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hotcha on August 6, 2014
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Pittsburgh, 1891, Lisa Bradley had just buried her father, only to discover he let her and her mother in financial ruin. Some of the servants had left as they weren't paid, her mother was busy buying jewelry they couldn't afford and she thought the only way out was to marry William Enright, a wealthy stockbroker. Only Lisa didn't love him, but she had her mother and the servants to think about. Being in the upper class from Shadyside all she knee was hosting big parties and writing articles. They were married quickly and William paid her father's debts and assumed her property. Once the wedding was over, William had too much to drink and left her longing in her bed..............

Owen Cardiff worked as a supervisor at Carnegie Steel Company, longed to better himself by becoming a civil engineer and to leave the hot putrid mill behind. Perhaps, he'd leave the slums of Homestead behind as well. He went to a reading group meeting and was attracted to Lisa Bradley only to discover she was already engaged to marry soon! It was just as well as they were worlds apart, she was a lady, and he was just a laborer. Week after week, he longed for her to be his own, but she was married now and there no way he could support her in the manner she was accustom...........

Shirley Martin spends a beautiful story of forbidden love as two people who did the ultimate knowing their love could never be. Normally, I don't read this genre, but this particular story touched my heart!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LoriD on February 13, 2013
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I read this book in a day. I couldn't put it down. The main character Lisa, is in a loveless marriage. She finds her soulmate and their love for each other is so touching and tormenting. This book takes place in the 1800's so divorce then was shameful and brought disgrace. Unlike today, rarely did someone divorce. She agonized over what to do. I was so worried the outcome would be tragic as I read as fast as I could to see what would happen. I won't say how it turns out, but if you like a warm and touching story about two people totally committed to each other, you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kerry on October 15, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. I liked the characters and the history that the author attached to the story line. I was pleased that she also had an epilogue at the end so you could see what happened in their future. All in all a good book that flows nicely.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Tanner on July 15, 2012
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Set in Pittsburgh in 1891
As Owen Cardiff toils in 130 degrees heat working with molten steel at the Homestead Steel works, he dreams of escaping the grinding brutality. He wants to become an Engineer, but has to save enough money to pay for his university tuition.

After the death of her father, Lisa Bradley marries wealthy stockbroker, William Enright, Unbeknown to her; he only wants a socially acceptable wife to host his business functions and to run his household. He has several mistresses and is a thoroughly reprehensible character.

Owen and Lisa meet at a literary club and fall in love, but it can never be as he is a lowly steel worker and she is a married society lady.

The writer depicts the strike at the steel factory very realistically, the violence and treachery as unionist fight the factory owner who has bought in Pinkerton men and scab labour, so they can grind the unionists into the ground.

There was so much keeping Owen and Lisa apart, I feared that they would never achieve their HEA, but all the loose ends were finally tied up in a neat little bow.
Great reading.

Margaret Tanner
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Hould on June 28, 2012
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In have not often read "historical romance" type of books, but I really enjoyed reading this one. At each page, I not only felt as if I was in the 1800's with the characters, but I felt their deep longning and pain. The book showed alot of romance and alot of characteristics that are very familiar to that era of the human history. I am thinking here about the conditions of woman in society, of the upper and lower class, of rich men vs men who worked in steel mills for a living, etc. Overall, I really enjoyed my reding and I recommend it for any reader who whishes to just forget about today and be taken to way back then when the heart was at a total clash with the morals of society.
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24 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on March 7, 2012
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I have never written a review before, but thought I would share my comments on this book. I am very lenient when it comes to books. I am not a very harsh critic. I accept the typos and grammatical errors. I don't get mad when the writer takes a slightly different spin to the book than what I would have preferred. But, this book is so repetitive that it just about killed me! She wants out of her marriage. William won't let her. Owen wants Lisa so badly, but can't have her. It goes back and forth like this for the entire book! It was like reading the same thing over and over again! Not until the very end of the book does it get somewhat good. I'm so sorry to be so critical, but it was one of those books that I started skimming over words, not because I was so excited to find out what would happen next, but I just wanted this book to be over! It did have the typical happy ending, but other than that, not worth my time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Christensen on July 31, 2012
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This book was enjoyable for me because it was a different setting than usual. Set in the steel factories in PA in the mid 1800s, the writer did a superb job of describing the strike, the union members, scabs, etc.. It was very realistic.
One issue I had was actually what another reviewer mentioned. Lisa trapped in her marriage, Owen and her wanting to be together was repeated over and over. And over and over. The mother virtually disappeared after the first few pages, yet she was the reason Lisa married the worthless William.
The author did a marvelous job of portraying how women and the lower classes were treated during that time period.
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