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As an AF brat I lived in France and Newfoundland, both of which I loved, and at least half of the fifty states. As an AF officer, I served tours in Taiwan, Vietnam, the Pentagon, and the rest of the fifty states!
Now I'm having a blast putting all those adventures into my books.
I got this book because I have read other Merline Lovelace books and have enjoyed them all. Her story is the first in this book of three short stories. Her story is titled "The Major's Wife" and is about a Major who comes home after the Crimea War in 1856 in England. He has been gone for three years and comes home to a wife who has grown and changed while he was gone. He must woo and win her back. The second story if "The Companion" by Deborah Simmons. I have not read anything by her before, but this story was very good. It tells the story of an Englishman who comes home after fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. He is still recovering from being wounded and finds his brothers has died and now he is Earl of Hawthorne. He never wanted to be the earl, misses his brother and his girlfriend has decided to marry someone else. His grandmother hears of a young woman who is left without any family to support her and hires her to be a companion to the earl. The last story is "An Honest Bargain" by Julia Justiss. I have not read anything by her either, but this story is also very good. It is the story of an officer's wife who is left penniless and lone by husband who gambled and cheated on her their whole short marriage. A childhood friend, also an officer, finds out the husband has died and goes to the widow to see if she needs help, he has loved her since they were teenagers, she did not know. He talks her into a short term marriage to help her out and then he tries to woo her into staying married. All three stories are very good historical love stories.
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THE MAJOR'S WIFE by Merline Lovelace: I’ve never been a fan of this author; I was happily surprised with the quality of this story.
Coming home (to England) from the Crimea War in 1856, Major Sir Charles Trent finds his wife thoroughly changed. Trent left his wife soon after their marriage and she suffered a serious miscarriage; doctors said she could have no other child.
She’s no longer the shy girl Trent left behind; she’s made a life for herself and she has a young admirer. Trent realizes that he must woo his wife again – she is asking for a divorce!
THE COMPANION by Deborah Simmons: Of the three stories in this book, this one was my favorite. Christopher/Kit returned from the Napoleon Wars wounded and heart-sore. While gone, his beloved brother Garrett (Earl of Hawthorne), died suddenly, leaving Kit as the new earl.
Kit’s fiancée dumped him for an able-bodied man and Kit rejected his former friends; he also withdrew from his inherited role - managing the Hawthorne lands and interests. Kit’s grandmother was at her wit’s end; she couldn’t find a way to draw Kit out of his depression. Finally, Kit’s grandmother convinced a poor distant relation to act as Kit’s nursemaid/companion.
AN HONEST BARGAIN by Julia Justiss: This is a delightful story of second chances. Lieutenant Bryan Langford finds out that the love of his life (who married another officer) is a new destitute widow. He offers her his name to protect her from her financial plight.
The reader finds out that the widow’s husband was a gambler and womanizer who killed her love for her husband. When Langford tries to woo her to stay his wife, she is surprised to learn that he has loved her since they were teenagers.
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