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heroine who's down on her luck, maybe with children????

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Initial post: Nov 27, 2012 11:34:45 AM PST
Clare Nolan says:
ok so I love a book where the heroine is down on her luck, trying to pay bills , keeping the roof over her head, sort of thing.. would love some suggestions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 11:42:23 AM PST
Sunshine says:
Dream a Little Dream (Chicago Stars / Bonner Brothers) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

The heroine and her son are truly destitute...

It's a beautiful love story. A real tear jerker.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 12:14:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2012 12:16:36 PM PST
Arual says:
Here are two: Another Man's Baby (Harlequin Super Romance) by Kay Stockham and Alone in a Crowd (Harper Monogram) by Georgia Bockoven. In both cases the girls are pregnant and unmarried.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 12:47:09 PM PST
Camille says:
"Conor's Way" by Laura Lee Guhrke was a very good book. h was raising three girls. Not contemporary, but it's a sweet story.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 10:07:46 AM PST
Clare Nolan says:
Thank you Tinkerbell, have just ordered this book.. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 10:19:07 AM PST
Sunshine says:
You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it. :)

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 12:01:52 PM PST
Clare Nolan says:
Hi Arual, thank you for your suggestions, I have put
them on my wish list.. :)

Regards Clare

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 12:05:14 PM PST
Clare Nolan says:
Hi Camille, thank you for your suggestion, it too is on its way as we speak. :)

Regards Clare

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 12:47:01 PM PST
ICA says:
My favorite read for this theme is The Italian's Wife (A Mediterranean Marriage) (Harlequin Presents, No. 2235).

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 12:54:17 PM PST
CMommy says:
A Second Chance (The Keller Family Series) h has 3 children with ex-husband who she is still in love with but she is remarried. The new husband asks for a divorce and moves out the day before she finds out she has breast cancer. She also finds out that new husband was cheating on her and got OW pregnant and they are getting married. The ex-husband (who is still in love with her too) doesn't know this and decides after 5 years it's time he finally move on so he asks his gf to move in with him. Once he finds out what's going on with ex-wife he starts taking care of her after she has a double mastectomy but she feels guilty and tells him to move on. Ex-husband asks gf to marry him.


Ex-husband and gf get married but she dumps him the day of wedding telling him that it was all a mistake because she knew he still loved the ex-wife. He and ex get back together.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 1:19:49 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 1:20:08 PM PST
read4fun says:
If you don't mind historicals Morning Glory fits this theme.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 3:23:51 PM PST
Another historical is Joan Johnston's Texas Bride: A Bitter Creek Novel

Heroine becomes a mail order bride to provide a home for herself and her brothers left behind in an orphanage. She doesn't tell the groom about the brothers initially, fearing he would have rejected them all.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 3:03:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2012 3:05:00 PM PST
Robin Wilson says:
Shelter Mountain-I would read book one since the hero is introduced in it.
Here's a link for books 1-4 at a great price: Virgin River books 1-4 (A Virgin River Novel). I enjoyed all of them.

Here's another one: A Family of her Own (Harlequin Superromance No. 1195).

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 4:43:52 PM PST
The Mistress Affair her son needs an expensive operation, he thinks she wants the money because she doesn't stink

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 5:14:33 PM PST
D. Arnold says:
Italian Job haven't read in awhile. It fits here. She has tragedy in her life, gets a good job, works her tail off to become a top worker and the boss comes in to meet her. H ends up thinking she is a w**** and fires her. She was so desperate to earn money for her child and his needs now she is lost at what to do. H figures out he is wrong and spends rest of book trying to make amends.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 6:34:59 PM PST
It's a historical and there's no child, but MacGregor's Bride by Barbara Dan has an h who was in a loveless MOC when her husbands ship he captains goes down with all hands and she's left with literally nothing and still owing a great deal of money because the cargo wasn't insured.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 6:39:22 PM PST
D. Arnold says:
That reminds me of The Admiral's Penniless Bride (Harlequin Historical). h is left with hubby's 'traitor' to the crown status and is forced out of all what little they own. He dies and she is left wondering the streets with their little boy. So sad by the time she meets the H. Very good read.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 7:11:54 PM PST
cathyr says:
Maid for Love by Marie Force. It's a freebie, and the first in a collection of books surrounding a small town family. A comfortable, predictable, romantic read.

Premise: Maddie has had a hard life. A deadbeat Dad, struggling Mum, gossiped about by the Mean Boys in school, and a baby from a summer fling. Now, struggling to keep a roof over her, and her baby's, heads, her ability to work has been heavily compromised by an accident involving Mac. He works to make everything up to her, to make her life better, and find them a HEA.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 8:26:10 PM PST
McKaren says:
An easy readSusan Mallery Bundle (Buchanan Saga) by Susan Mallory
Actually its the second book in the Buchanan series
Irresistible (The Buchanans, Book 2)

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 1:59:53 AM PST
Clare Nolan says:
wow...!!!! thank you folks for all the super suggestions, only problem now is which one to read first ,,, :)

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 5:25:59 AM PST
P. Ripke says:
I really enjoyed Perfection (A Neighbor From Hell)

from the back of book:
Zoe is used to taking care of herself and has long ago accepted that if anything bad was going to happen, it was going to happen to her. So when she loses her job over something most bosses would probably be happy with and her life starts going down hill from there she doesn't expect it to get any better. She certainly didn't expect any help from the loud jerk next door, but then again she has nothing to lose so puts her trust in him and hopes for the best. What she didn't expect was the once in a lifetime opportunity that he offers her through an arrangement where they both benefit and no one is supposed to get hurt, but she should have known better because her luck has never been that good.

Like most Bradfords, Trevor has a soft spot for food, but that's about all. He leads a pretty straightforward life and likes to keep things simple and that includes his relationships. He wants the perfect woman and knows exactly what she'll be like. So when he discovers much to his horror that he's thinking about his frumpy little neighbor he decides the best way to get his head straight is by working her out of his system. He'll keep her around, but only until he finds perfection.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 5:38:34 AM PST
Forbidden Falls by Robyn Carr. This is from the Virgin River series which I recommend all the time. Anyway, in this book a minister re-opens the abandoned church in the tiny community of VR. He asks for applications for secy and finally settles on the h. She is a single mother who has had back luck all her life but is stll open to happiness. I liked this book because the preacher is a sexual other words a human being.....and falls in love with the h. There is lot more to this story and I think everyone would enjoy it unless you do not like sex in books you read. This is not porn but it is written for adults and that is how I recommend it. Very good book.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 9:43:44 AM PST
If you like Elizabeth Susan Phillips, you might also try Kiss an Angel where the h, who was ignored by her natural father and raised by her unstable, jet setting mother, goes off the rails a lot when the mother dies. She way overspends (she's always been under her mother's thumb--the mother even destroyed any relationship with a man she tried to form to keep her daughter there) and is in danger of being arrested. The natural father settles her debts on the premise that she would marry a man he designated for at least six months to teach her living skills (he actually has ulterior motives).
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