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Stolen Wishes (Zebra Splendor Historical Romances) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1999

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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Splendor Historical Romances
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821763547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821763544
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,515,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Deb Stover has a remarkable way of dealing with sensitive issues in a realistic and compassionate way. Stolen Wishes is a wonderfully heartwarming story about acceptance, friendship, family and the healing power of love. She has taken a truly mismatched group of characters and created a loving and loyal family, and shown that blood is not always the tie that binds families together. A story where family is the central theme, and love is the magic that makes it real. A truly splendid story, and a keeper; I highly recommend this to all those who believe in the power of love. From time travel to fantasy and now to historical romance, Deb Stover weaves a heartwarming tale of love and acceptance that will bring a smile to your lips and a tear to your eye." -- Terrie Figueroa, Romance Communications

From the Back Cover

Mary Goode was a mere thirteen when she rescued her brother, Robin, and two of his friends from a cruel asylum and escaped with them to the Oklahoma woods. It is there that the four make their simple home, and where Robin creates a make-believe world he calls Sherwood Forest.

To the delicate young woman dubbed Maid Marian, Robin's storybook fantasies seem a harmless game. But as eight years pass, Mary longs for more. And now, a stranger enters their secluded haven--a man with the power to shatter their safety or answer Mary's most passionate prayers.

A Wounded Lawman On A Dangerous Mission

U.S. Marshal Shane Latimer is hard on the heels of robbers when a spooked horse and a snake bite lands him on his back, and in the middle of an eccentric band of forest dwellers. Though these gentle folk save his life and nurse him back to health, Shane has powerful orders to bring the thieves to justice. Could Marian, the lovely creature who fills his dreams with longing, really be an outlaw hiding out with her accomplices? Now, it's up to Shane to get to the bottom of it all. But will knowing the truth mean choosing between duty and love?

More About the Author

At the tender age of four, Deb Stover declared her candidacy to become the first female President of the United States. She took a detour to play Lois Lane, and penned her first Letter to The Editor at age eleven. The Lois Lane gig suited her, so she stuck with it for a while, but in the end she couldn't bring herself to blow Clark Kent's cover for the Big Story. Then she fell in love with and married her own real American Hero, so Superman was free to continue fighting for justice (seriously, what is Clark doing about the dearth of phone booths these days?).

Considering her extensive personal experience with real heroes, redirecting her passion for writing from journalism to Romance Novels seemed a natural progression. Since publication of Shades of Rose in 1995, she has received dozens of awards for her work, which includes over twenty titles in a variety of languages and formats.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Deb and her family have lived in five states, but after her Hero Husband's death, she made the decision to follow the Yellow Brick Road back to live near her Hero Dad in Kansas. After all "there's no place like home."

Of course, there's still the unfinished matter of her presidential campaign, but first she has many more stories left to write....

For more information, please visit www.debstover.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maudeen Wachsmith VINE VOICE on August 31, 1999
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Living deep in the woods of Oklahoma, Mary Goode watches over her brood like a mother hen. Sometimes tiring of their game of Robin Hood, Mary nevertheless puts up with their antics for the sake of her brother Robin and his friends "Little John" and "Friar Tuck." Mary is the only family Robin has left and being what was termed in the 180os as "slow" he needs her more than he sometimes thinks.
Stumbling into their camp which the group has christened, "Sherwood Forest" is U.S. Marshall Shane Latimer. He's on the trail of a group of outlaws who steal from the rich and give to the poor and believe he has found who he's looking for. However, a run-in with a rattlesnake puts his plans on hold. As Mary tenderly and expertly cares for Latimer (who Robin has christened Will Scarlet), an attraction develops between the two. Shane fakes amnesia in his quest to infiltrate the band of outlaws - or at least to find out what antics Robin and his friends are up to. He believes them to be up to no good, but also believes Mary to be innocent of any wrongdoing.
Adding to the appeal of this story is Robin's romance with Little John's sister, Walks with Sunshine, who is also "slow." The author has created these two special characters with a great deal of depth and insight making them very real to the reader.
Deb Stover, whose forte has been her sensual time travels, makes the transition to historical romance in this doozy of a good yarn. Fans will also welcome the appearance of Sam Weathers from her 1996 time-travel, A WILLING SPIRIT. The great storytelling, tight prose, sexual tension, and rich characterization all combine for a very special book which readers will find difficult to put down once started.
Although a departure for Ms. Stover, STOLEN WISHES does not disappoint her legions of fans. Charming, tender, and absolutely fabulous, this is a keeper in every sense of the word.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1999
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In 1888 Kansas, thirteen year old Mary Goode watches her parents die from a fever that she barely recovers from. At her mother's deathbed, Mary swears to take care of her simple-minded brother, Robin. When she finds him in an abusive asylum, he is telling the story of Robin Hood to a gigantic Indian and a midget. Mary rescues Robin and his men, taking them to a remote forest where they live peacefully together for the next eight years.
However, Mary's sibling and his friends live out their fantasies by thinking they truly are Robin Hood and his Merry Men, living in Sherwood. Unbeknownst to Mary, they rob the rich to give to the poor. U.S. Marshall Shane Latimer has entered Sherwood to arrest Robin and his gang. However, Shane is injured and Mary, known as Marion in these parts, tends his wounds. Shane falls in love Mary, but feels a duty to uphold the law and arrest the criminals even if it costs him a lifetime relationship to do so.
Deb Stover is renowned for her superb fantasy and time travel romances. She enters the historical romance realm as if she has been there forever. STOLEN WISHES is a great story that propels forward due to fabulous characters and the incredible interaction between them. Building a western romance on the Robin Hood mythos adds to the fun even as it demonstrates the guts and talent of the great Ms. Stover. Sub-genre fans will flock to their bookstores for this winning tale.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1999
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I bought this book a few weeks ago and put it on my TBR shelf, but the comments and reviews made me pull it out and start it sooner. I'm really glad I did! What a wonderful read. The character of 'Robin Hood' is the heroine's grown brother who is very 'slow' and institutionalized by the town after their parents die. The heroine is only 13 at the time, but she rescues her brother from the asylum, along with two other characters who become 'Little John' and 'Friar Tuck'. This story made me laugh and cry all the way through, but it's also very sexy! Though the story about the family and the 'Merry Men' is important, Deb Stover never let me forget that Stolen Wishes is a romance of the first order. Actually, there's also a secondary romance between Robin and a Native American girl who is also 'slow'. Talking about this book makes me want to read it again. I think I will.
This book is not only a keeper, it's a treasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 1999
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I bought this book mostly because of the cover and the reviews, and I couldn't be more pleased with the story. It's "Robin Hood" written as a western, but with a wonderful twist. The character of "Robin Hood" is very slow and challenged, and his guardian is his younger sister, who is also the heroine of the story and called Maid Marian. "Little John" is a tall Indian brave who's hard of hearing, and "Friar Tuck" is a midget (I'm not sure of the right term) and a famous scientist. The hero is a US Marshal sent to arrest the "Merry Men." This is a touching and very clever story, and a steamy romance, too. Stolen Wishes has it all!
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