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Widow Woman by [McLinn, Patricia]
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 "A movingconfirmation of the healing power of love" --Romantic Times

"WIDOW WOMAN is sweeping drama which follows these two people through trial and tribulation.  Some of the heart-wrenching scenes will make you squirm, and you have to remind yourself, "it isn't real!"  ... Tears, laughter, joy and heartache are treasures from an author to the reader, and Patricia McLinn is generous with her gifts." --Kat Bragg, Romance Reviews

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's novels--cited by reviewers for warmth, wit and vivid characterization - have won numerous regional and national awards and been on national bestseller lists. In additionto her romance and women's fiction books, Patricia is the author of theCaught Dead in Wyoming mystery series, which adds a touch of humor andromance to figuring out whodunit. Patricia received BA and MSJ degreesfrom Northwestern University. She was a sports writer (Rockford, Ill.),assistant sports editor (Charlotte, N.C.) and--for 20-plus years--aneditor at the Washington Post. She has spoken about writing fromMelbourne, Australia to Washington, D.C., including being aguest-speaker at the Smithsonian Institution. She is now living inNorthern Kentucky, and writing full-time. Patricia loves to hear fromreaders through her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 920 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Craig Place Books (September 29, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00457VKIK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,901 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Patricia McLinn tells a great story, and WIDOW WOMAN, set in the 1880s Wyoming Territory, is a prime example of her considerable talents. The passion between Rachel, the widow woman determined to save her ranch, and Nick, the loner cowhand with dreams of his own, is incredibly powerful. McLinn's mastery of the perfect phrase and her ability to evoke the senses and emotions brings the country and its people alive and makes the reader fall in love with them. A wonderful book and a DARN GOOD read.
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A lot of *I kiss you* I will never kiss you again*I kiss you*I will never kiss you again!*I make love to you*That will never happen again*I make love to you*That will never happen again!* until it does and it does and it does and she ends up pregnant. At that point, he decides it's time for him to leave for an unspecified amount of time or forever because he doesn't want to ruin her life, not knowing he's going to be a daddy because who knew all that not-having-sex could result in a baby! Then he returns and the whole *I will*I will not* cycle starts with *I will NOT love you* which, of course the poor dunce does. He takes the strong, silent type beyond belief.
I would have enjoyed the story a lot more without all that back & forth "suspenseful" will he/won't he? - and if the descriptions of their sexual encounters weren't so poetic and flowery. It's sex, not the dawning of a new creation.
Oh yeah, at one point, he "sent his eyes to her!" Wonder if that was by FedEx or UPS??? Hope he got a receipt!
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This is a wonderful story about two very different people who are drawn together: Nick, a tough Texas cowboy; and Rachel, who's is determined to to keep her ranch against all odds. Although there are good and logical reasons why Nick and Rachel should avoid each other, the chemistry between them is just too strong. Their relationship, along with a tender secondary romance and the harsh beauty of the land surrounding them, make this an unforgetable read.
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The story of our Widow Woman Rachel and her true love Nick Dusqat is swift moving and power packed. Strong as the ranch she runs, Rachel has been widowed once when she meets Nick. Her husband was a cruel man, and Nick understands cruelty. His father and brother-in-law were both cruel men. That cruelty has scarred him emotionally.

Rachel ends up a widow twice before she finally gets to keep Nick for herself. In between she tries to keep her ranch going by marrying yet another man she does not love. She and her son and her ranch survive through the worst winter in history, at the cost of the horses she has bred for years and loves so dearly.

The other love story is that of Nicks sister Alba and her beau Davis. Alba shows up late in the book. Davis has been learning and growing under Nick's tutelage since the beginning. Their story is much sweeter than Rachel and Nick's, but just as moving.

The characters are so real you come to know them personally. It's a book you won't want to end.
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I was very disappointed in this book. I have some of the author's other books and they were very good, so I expected better from this book. This book was a little slow paced, but not bad. The hero and the heroine were nice enough, but the conflict between will/they or won't/they got old fast and felt as if it was thrown in for the sake of having conflict in the story. Again, this wasn't totally a deal breaker and I did enjoy the story, to a point. The opening scene with the heroine coming across the hero naked in a river was great, short and very erotic, so I had high hopes for this book.

The real problem and what killed the book for me was the over abundance of long, long, long, sex scenes. I wanted a romance book and some erotic sex scenes in it would have been fine, but I wanted a romance book. When I want erotica, I look for books in that genre, not in the romance genre. I thought to myself, "How many pages does it take to have an orgasm? Get it on already so we can get back to the bloody story. You know, that thing that interrupts the sex scenes, the reason why I bought the book." To be honest, there were more pages of story than pages of sex scenes, but my gosh, those sex scenes were interminably long. I got so bored, as in " Lie back and think of England" bored.

The sex scenes were not hot enough to satisfy those who want hot sex scenes, because they were pretty vanilla. They would be good for readers who like sex scenes that are a bit sensuous without getting overly graphic. This book is in the sweet romance category, other than the sex scenes. I'm sure that there are a lot of readers who would love this book and it definitely isn't a bad, poorly written work.
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Cowboy Nick started out enigmatic and titillating (wow, to the scene at the pond in the prologue). Unfortunately, as the book moved along I came to believe he wasn't that much of a hero. At one point, I was screaming "Nooooo!" in my mind. This means I was vested in the characters and the story, but it wasn't going the way I wanted it to.

The beleaguered young widow running a ranch is a familiar trope in western romance novels. McLinn does a fine job inserting realistic ranching details, far more than most cowboy romance authors I've read, without bogging down the pace. "At age thirteen, her first experience branding convinced Rachel that top ropers got the best of a hard job."

Rachel is supremely capable. She runs a large Wyoming spread, which is coveted by two nearby landowners. One also covets Rachel herself. Rachel meanwhile says, "I've been married. I didn't much care for it."

The story sets up the two leads fighting an explosive attraction. Rachel sees her independence as a way to preserve her way of life, and Nick's reticence makes some of Clint Eastwood's spaghetti western characters look downright chatty. McLinn is clever, though, and makes him withdrawn even in his internal dialogue. There is a quietness about the tone, but it isn't one of confidence and stillness, it is one of self-denial. This tone continues to build through the book to where Nick's absence of self-respect is damaging. His downfall is his powerful desire for Rachel. There is a scene where all he does is rub Rachel's wrist, and I have to say she wasn't the only one shivering. More sensual scenes eventually follow.

Rachel's history also unfolds in pieces. For instance, the first husband is barely mentioned in the first third of the book.
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