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An Indecent Marriage [Kindle Edition]

Doreen Owens Malek
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Over 300,000 copies sold at first printing in 1987
Originally published as BRIGHT RIVER

REUNITED

The town of Bright River held too many sad memories for Jessica Portman. She’d returned for one reason– to oversee the takeover of her ailing father’s mill by a rival company. She intended to finalize the deal and go back to Italy.

Then she met the owner of J.C. Enterprises, Jack Chabrol– the boy she’d left behind. Only Jack was no longer a boy; he was a man– a man bent on revenge. He had never forgiven Jessica for leaving him to marry someone else, nor had he forgotten the love they’d once shared. Jack was determined to possess Jessica, and she had only one defense against his anger: her love.



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About the Author

I am Doreen Owens Malek, author of over forty books and lifelong fan of romantic fiction. I live in PA with my husband and college student daughter, a mini dachshund and a sun conyer parrot. I would like to tell you a little about myself. 
 
I came to writing by a circuitous route, starting out as an avid reader of JANE EYRE and WUTHERING HEIGHTS and GONE WITH THE WIND and REBECCA and any other similarly themed books I could find. I first worked as a teacher and then graduated from law school when I desired a more lucrative and independent career. I had always been discouraged from pursuing a writing career by the volatile nature of the business and the relatively poor chance for success. But the realization that I needed a focus for the future encouraged me to do what I had always wanted to do. I sold my fledgling novel to the first editor who read it, and I have been writing ever since. I have written all types of books for all types of people, but my favorite literary pursuit is and always has been romance. Nothing is as rewarding as hearing from my readers, so please use my website to communicate your thoughts and criticisms, as I am always eager to learn from you. 
 
A romance novel rarely disappoints me: in an uncertain world filled with tragedy and sadness, reading about an appealing woman finding a strong man to love her and share her life is the perfect escape. I like to read and write stories in which the main characters overcome obstacles to get together, and then stay together because their mutual devotion cannot be denied no matter what else is happening around them. They always HELP each other and reinforce the quaint but enduring notion that love conquers all - at least in the fictional universe of my imagination. So pull up a chair and take down a book- or pick up a Kindle- and join me in a world where the heroes are tough and headstrong but never boorish and the heroines are feminine and sympathetic but never helpless.

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  • File Size: 694 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007R7SV8C
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,812 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivated by anger, but it was really love.... April 14, 2012
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I have to say I really enjoyed this book. Plot was well thought out,interesting and book was full of emotions. Jack was the son of immigrant Canadians, whose parents were poor and worked in the Mill Plant. Jessie was the daughter of the richest man in town, owner of the Mill Plant. They both met in highschool and fell madly and passionately in love. One night, her father catches them and prohibits her to see Jack. Apparently, Jack was not good enough for her. When Jessie's father finds out she is pregnant, he threatens to send Jack to jail for rape. In exchange, Jessie agrees to leave town, marry a boy her father approved of.

Jack is devastated by Jessie's departure and what he thought her betrayal. Ten years later, Jack comes back to town, he has become a very rich and wealthy man. He has planned revenge against Jessie and her dad by taking over the Mill plant. Jack was so full of anger and hurt he couldn't see or feel anything else. Jessie was coming home, now that her father was extremely ill. She needed to settle all the debts her father had, see to his medical needs and take care of her younger sister who as getting ready to go to college. When Jack saw Jessie after so long, he knew that he had to have her and that he had to make her pay for breaking his heart. He essentially blackmails her into marrying him. In exchange, he would save her father's reputation, pay for this medical bills and pay for her younger sister's college tuition.

She accepts because she finds herself with no better alternative, but also because she still loved him after so many years. She was hoping that after being married, his feelings towards her would change and that she could make him happy.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heroine is too weak April 7, 2012
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Jack Chabrol is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, a French Canadian teen new to Bright River Massachusetts. He comes from a large family with a drunken father employed by the mill. This hero in the beginning of this novel is quite likable. He is misunderstood and lonely but gifted with athleticism.

Jessica Portman's father owns the Mill and about everything else around Bright River. He is raising two daughters alone and he is very protective of Jessica. He has planned her entire life. Jessica is captivated by Jack though and they have a sweet passionate teen romance. But when Jessica's father discovers the young couple and Jessica's secret everything falls apart for these two love struck teens.

Ultimately this novel is about lost love and the opportunity for two lovers to find each other again. Jessica broke Jack's heart and worse kept secrets from him for years. So when Jack returns to Bright River with plenty of cash, he wants revenge against Jessica and her father. At times this novel works very well; Jack's hurt is palpable and raw. The reader understands his pain. Jessica was harder to fathom. Her loyalty to her father was misplaced and she had the power to change her destiny.

These leads do not seem to like each other much when they meet in the future. It takes some time for them to be civil and Jack's deep resentment and hurt caused him to lash out more than he needed to with the heroine. I found both these leads to be too secretive with facts and feelings and the heroine especially comes across as too weak to make her own choices.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it April 10, 2012
By tampajd
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I really enjoyed this tale of revenge marriage, even though the hero was a little rough around the edges and the heroine just a tad passive for me. The couple meet when they are kids and are separated by the girl's judgmental father, who doesn't think the immigrant Canuck football player is good enough for his precious little girl. As so often happens in fiction but rarely in real life, the poor but honest hero finds success. He engineers a takeover of the formerly wealthy father's company, forcing his erstwhile lover to marry him to bail her family out of hot water. Jack's plan is to make Jessica pay for her abandonment of him ten years earlier. Of course he finds out as the story unfolds that his lost love was as much a victim as he was, and all ends happily. The enduring attraction between the leads is very believeable and you forgive the headstrong, pitiless Jack for his reckless behavior because he is still so in love with his lost lady. When he is driven to distraction trying to convince himself that he doesn't need her and is just making her pay for her nefarious past, you want to kiss him and smack him at the same time. I give it five stars for a great story and a sexy main man; my only complaint is that I wish Jessica had shown a little more sass.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I dunno... just didn't make sense (spoiler alert!!) June 23, 2012
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I started out enjoying the book, but I agree with some of the other reviewers that this girl needed to get a bit more backbone. I don't understand at all why she didn't tell Jack the truth about the miscarriage. I don't understand why, even on that first day after the marriage, she immediately set out to make his apartment her home (plants, decorations, etc). I don't understand why his apartment was spotless and sterile, but his bedroom was a mess filled with pictures and book etc. Just didn't make sense. I also thought his change of heart was incredibly sudden and could have played out much longer. I had high hopes for this story, but in the end was very disappointed in Jesse's character and then Jack's as well. Bummer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 14 days ago by francesk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read loved it
Published 3 months ago by Julia Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Storyline Was Good
The story line was good. It was very easy to follow. It was a good read and worth the download.
Published 4 months ago by TallahasseeAndrews
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Published 5 months ago by connie Stambaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
I gave this book 5 stars because it's a very good book to read, I liked the characters and story was very well written
Published 12 months ago by Vhesti
4.0 out of 5 stars An Indecent Marriage
In this book Jessica falls for the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. When her father finds out she is pregnant he makes her marry a friend of his. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful love story
What a beautiful romantic story. Can't help falling in love with the main characters and feeling their love, pain and loss and starting over again
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
I like the easy read. She is a very good writer. The story kept my interest and didn't go into alot boring details
Published 23 months ago by Darla
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It's is a true romance book and an awesome read wish there was more in this series.... Great book to read
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars AN EASY READ
A good easy sit down book to read with a nice romance ending. Would read books from this author again.
Published on January 6, 2013 by Mahara
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