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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 Author
This book has always been a work of love for me. They all are, but some more than others. Maid Marian and The Lawman comes from my personal experience of raising a loving family with my late husband that includes both our birth and adopted children of varied races and abilities. We have loved all our children equally and unconditionally.
The secondary characters of Robin and Sunshine in this story will touch your heart--at least I hope they will. I have a Sunshine singing right down the hall from me as I type. In fact, this book is dedicated to her. I think you'll know why when you read it.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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.
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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As children, Mary Goode and her brother grew up listening to their father read tales of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. In fact their father is so taken with the story that he names his son after the legendary hero of the common people. When their parents are tragically taken from them, Mary vows to protect her brother Robin, a young man with special needs who will always be a child, even at the cost of her virtue and her life. Maid Marian, as Robin thinks of his sister, rescues Robin from the nightmarish place where he has been institutionalized after their birth family is torn apart. Mary selects an unusual group of men to form the chosen family she creates for her brother and herself, unaware that their activities are drawing outside attention which may threaten their peaceful life in Sherwood Forest. A little man with a mysterious identity is leading the band of merry thieves in search of plunder that will surprise readers and make them smile. This is such a sweet story with characters who are likable and appealing. Of course, there is a villain to make sure danger is lurking in the peaceful forest and to keep the story from being too predictable. And where there’s a villain, there’s bound to be a very sexy lawman who is determined to protect Mary and her brood. The little man with the mysterious identity is being pursued by a beautiful gypsy fortune teller with a heart big enough to love the little man and she is accompanied by a long lost relative of the Goodes who may hold the key to their survival. Deb Stover has courageously included characters not typically written into romantic novels. Her sensitivity and creative treatment of the special people in this book are an added bonus for readers. Maid Marian and the Lawman is about love, acceptance, and family whether by birth or by choice and will appeal to all who like an old fashioned love story with lots of steamy romance and a happy ending.
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I love Historical Romance's and this one is beautifully written. Great characters, love them all. Robin, Little John and Tuck are all amazing and sweet and I just wanted to hug them all, especially Robin such a innocently sweet young man. Mary is amazing all on her own, she's got a heart of gold, shes beautiful and loves her little family with all her heart. Shane is super sexy, caring and tough as nails and when they find themselves alone, the heat of their stares, their innocent touches turn into something more, love their passion for each other and the love they share. The writer wrote these characters perfectly, the story is amazing with just the right amount of action, blood shed and the love love and more love. Very sweet and romantic story with a lot of happily ever afters. I want to read more by this author. 5 Stars review by Nanee upallnightreadallday.blogspot.com
Maid Marion and the Lawman by Deb Stover is 2013 Bellebridge Books publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Lawman Shane Latimer is out to find the "Robin Hood" that has been committing robberies when his horse is spooked by a snake and he winds up in the home of "Maid Marian" while she tends to his snakebite. He learns that Marian's brother is the infamous Robin Hood and he has special needs. While Robin and his Merry Men may really be guilty of a little wrong doing, they are well meaning and very gentle souls. Mary herself has a few dark secrets and her attraction to Shane has her thinking about a man the way she hasn't is a long time. The same holds true for Shane, but he is a lawman and he can't in conscience let Mary's brother continue to commit robberies. Once Shane, who Mary and Robin believe to be someone else, begins to see the situation for what it really is, he realizes he is in love with Mary and has begun to respect the Merry Men. On a more ominous note, a very dangerous criminal is on the loose and Mary , Robin and the gang are in very serious peril. Sooner or later Shane will have to confess to Mary who he really is and what his original mission was. Will Mary be able to forgive him for deceiving her? This story was so sweet and heartwarming. While this is a Western Historical Romance, the legend of Robin Hood is interwoven in the story because Mary and Robin grew up hearing these stories from their father. They were even named after the characters in the story. While there is a fairytale quality to the story, there are very dark elements as well. Mary is a survivor of a horrible crime and has had to rescue her brother and some of his friends from an institution.Read more ›
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