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Forbidden Love [Kindle Edition]

Shirley Martin
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Book Description

Married to a man she doesn't love, Lisa lives a lie to saved her widowed mother from poverty. When she meets Owen, a steelworker from the wrong side of the tracks, heat sizzles between them, a passion that grows stronger with each stolen moment together. Lisa finds herself torn between her darkest desires and her family obligations.

Owen wants to better himself and escape the grinding brutality of the mill. But labor troubles--and love--intervene. After he meets Lisa, all he can think about is this woman whose image haunts him night and day. A woman whose husband will not release her from a loveless marriage

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


Editorial Reviews

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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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EZF6S0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written historical romance 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive and romantic 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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5.0 out of 5 stars highly enjoyable October 15, 2013
By Kerry
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Marry in haste; repent at leisure December 11, 2012
By Jean
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Pittsburgh, 1891 - Lisa marries William for his money, hoping she might grow fond of him. In between her betrothal and her marriage, she meets and becomes attracted to Owen, a steelworker from the blue-collar town of Homestead. William has such a terrible Madonna-Whore complex that he is unable to consummate his marriage to Lisa. This does not preclude him from having several mistresses in other cities. (I guess when you plan to have your heroine commit adultery, you should make sure her husband is an unsympathetic, miserable lout.)

First of all, I absolutely could not stand Lisa. She obsesses about money and social class. I'm sure she is supposed to be seen as smart and strong, but to me she only comes across as whiny and annoying. Secondly, the book goes on page after page - no, make that chapter after chapter - of Lisa and Owen thinking about each other: "Oh, but I wonder if he could ever feel the same for me!" "Oh! I want her so badly, but she can never be mine - dare I hope she will ever feel the same?" Bah!

And God! The melodrama when they finally admit their feelings for each other! I honestly wouldn't have been at all surprised if Snidely Whiplash had shown up and tied Lisa to the train tracks!

It was dull and tedious and before I was even halfway through I was skimming more than I was reading. It was just that bad.

Recommendation: Find a different book to read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual setting 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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More About the Author

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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