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A Marriage of Convenience [Kindle Edition]

Doreen Owens Malek
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250,000 COPIES SOLD AT FIRST PRINTING IN 1989
Over 28,000 downloads in the first six days of digital release.


FOR BETTER OR WORSE
Taylor Braddock. His name brought back memories of a man so handsome that a young girl had fallen in love - and made a fool of herself. A man so unique he'd spoiled Sharon Philips for any other love.

But now her father's will had joined their lives once again. In a final attempt at matchmaking, Dad left half his California horse ranch to Sharon, the other half to Braddock - provided they were husband and wife.

A quick wedding. A quick divorce. A quick sale of the ranch. It seemed simple. But time had only fueled their passion. Could Taylor erase ten years of pain and show Sharon that loving him was her destiny?
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LOOK FOR THE SEQUEL: ANOTHER Marriage of Convenience, scheduled for digital release in Early 2013. Visit the next Braddock generation, as daughter Laura falls in love with a handsome stranger and finds heartbreak and fulfillment on the ranch in present day California. Watch Tay and Sharon survive a rocky patch in their enduring marriage to prove once again that love conquers all. It's coming soon exclusively to Amazon, ready to download!


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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. 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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Product Details

  • File Size: 816 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gypsy Autumn Publications (January 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006X85G9S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed characters, great romance January 24, 2012
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This book was originally published in 1989, and while it may be dated, I really enjoyed it. The main characters are hopelessly flawed, which added a bit of realism to an unrealistic predicament. Tay is hot-headed and insecure, especially around Sharon. He worries she'll look down on him because she is a successful attorney, while he is a hard-working rancher. Sharon, on the other hand, denies their mutual feelings for one another, even though they are blatantly obvious. However, there are many redeeming qualities to this second-chance love story. It's well-written, and there are many twists and turns for the couple as they seek a happily-ever-after. The ending is very satisfactory, and I really appreciated the Epilogue.

When Sharon's father dies, he leaves her half of his California ranch, provied she marries her stepbrother, Tay (who inherits the other half of the ranch). If Tay and Sharon do not marry, they will lose the ranch. Sharon, a successful attorney in Philadelphia, knows the antiquated will cannot hold in court, but challenging it will cost a lot of time and money she doesn't have. She decides her only choice is to marry him for a few months until the will is probated, then divorce him and continue with her life as planned. The problem is, she and Tay have a history together, and things are not going to be that easy for her.

The story then goes back a decade to the summer when she first met Tay, when her father and his mother were married. He was a soldier who'd survived two years in a Vietnam POW camp, and she was an 18-year-old high school graduate. Love blossomed for them, but it ended bitterly. Sharon's humiliated to have to return back to the California ranch that was the scene of so much pain. When she arrives in California, one look at Tay sends her mind back in time. He's just as handsome as ever, and she quickly realizes she's not going to be able to let go so easily this time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Story, Well Done January 20, 2012
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This was definitely not my kind of book--but I loved it anyways. It was not a very original story--There are many similar ones out there, with even the same title, but few that are this well done. The story progresses in a natural fashion with realistic, but vulnerable characters, who are neither obnoxious nor stupid--a rare thing in Romance novels. The reasons behind their trust issues and first breakup were well-explained and not taken to ridiculous extremes. Cute story about times when romance needs a little help from the people who care about you and know you better than you know yourself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read April 7, 2012
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I am a fan of Doreen Owens Malek, her dialogue is witty and she steadily builds the romantic tension between her leads. Her novel, A Marriage of Convenience, is an enjoyable read albeit this is an older novel and there is a sense of the characters being behind the times in many ways.

Sharon Phillips returns to her father's ranch in California after his death, she is not happy to be in the Golden state though because she must face her first love, Taylor Braddock. Sharon fell in love with Taylor when she was only eighteen when she visited her father for his wedding to Taylor's mother. Taylor broke her heart and she has not been in contact with him since.

Taylor is a Vietnam vet (yes, this is dated) and he has had major difficulties adjusting back into civilian life. He was a POW and he deals with his memories with alcohol and a bad temper. He is about ten years older than Sharon and he finds her sweet and innocent, way too innocent for the likes of him so he sends her on her way making her believe that she is way too young for his jaded tastes.

Ten years later the two are forced to confront their feelings because Sharon's dad has bequeathed the ranch to the both of them but they must marry to inherit. They decide to go through with a marriage with plans to annul it fairly quickly but Sharon realizes her feelings for Taylor have not gone away.

This novel deals with some big issues like post traumatic stress, loneliness and fear. Taylor is very complex and he is hurting. His transformation from an angry young man to a mature businessman is believable. Sharon is not as interesting as Taylor (how could she be, she's a run-of-the-mill lawyer in Philadelphia) but she is generous and it is her giving heart that makes such a difference in Taylor's life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good beginning, not so good ending *some spoilers* January 28, 2012
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I have to keep reminding myself that this book was originally released in 1989. Part of my problem is that it reads like it was from 1989. After I overlooked some of the outdated things, I did find a romance story. The story fell apart when Pete showed up at the ranch. Pete was going to propose without being in love? Pete and Sharon had been dating for 6 months and Pete wasn't upset with the situation? We also find out that after 10 years apart from Tay, Sharon only had one relationship and basically "saved" herself for Tay? Sharon hides this letter, goes behind Tay's back, and then everything just kind of works itself out? Huh? There really wasn't any conclusion on the developers either, it kind of just went away.

Overall, this wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't great either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Won me over! March 27, 2012
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After reading numerous books where the heroin and hero had to marry to satisfy a living will. I figured one more wouldn't hurt-

I am very surprised at the freshness the book brought to the plot- Although the book was very predicable to the main plot it had a few surprises along the way- Although the book publishing dates to when I was 3 years old - it can very well compete with any contemporary romance currently being released!

The book had everything you could ask for a great story- There was lots of passion and a second chance at love- A connection you could feel, the jealousy and regrets and fears they have to overcome.

The book is a little rough around the edges, but the well worth read!

Enjoy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent to read......entertains
Published 1 month ago by Linda Tate
5.0 out of 5 stars gap left in story
This was great reading until close to the end, when it suddenly left out a number of years in their lives, which was very disappointing.
Published 3 months ago by kansas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I bought this book when it was first released in paperback. While it is now a bit dated, It still remains one of my favorite romance novels of all time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A Long Time Fan
3.0 out of 5 stars Marti' s review
Tay and Sharon have history. The book begins with the death of Sharon's father and a will which will require her to marry her step-brother in order to inherit the family ranch. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marti' s review
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent,
Published 7 months ago by Barbara Kyllonen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story - Easy Read
I hadn't read a book in a while on my Kindle Fire, saw this one, purchased it, and found it an easy read as well as an interesting story.
Published 8 months ago by Sue A. Sheehan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Marriage of Convenience
Fast moving --truly enjoyable read. Doreen Owens Malek is a great author. I love to read just for enjoyment and this book fits that requirement for me.
Published 8 months ago by Shirley Chancellor
4.0 out of 5 stars OK
I enjoyed although the ending was clear it was going to have a good ending but hey it is a romance story sad ending not expected
Published 9 months ago by roses1942
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of misunderstanding and a long lasting love
Sharon didn't know what to think when her father died and left half of his horse ranch to her and half to her step brother (by marriage), Tyler. Read more
Published 9 months ago by huntress (Robyn U.)
4.0 out of 5 stars An intereseting story for romance
The story is an unusual one, as I remember, and having the unusual romance makes it as easy and interesting book.
Published 11 months ago by Frances E. Walden
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