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Publisher Description

Hailed as “one of the best writers in the business” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, multi-award-winning author Maggie Osborne delivers hilarious and heartrending tales of resilient women full of grit, pride, and dignity who shine through hard times. Now meet the most irresistible and independent heroine of them all, a woman called Low Down, who never had anything good happen to her until the day she asked for the one thing that only a man could give her. . . .

As scruffy and rootless as the other prospectors searching for gold in the Rockies, Low Down wanted nothing in return for nursing a raggedy bunch through the pox. But when pressed to reveal her heart's wish, she admits, "I want a baby." Not a husband, not a forced marriage to the proud man who drew the scratched marble and became honor bound to marry her. To be sure, Max McCord was easy on the eyes, but he loved another woman and dreamed of a different life. Yet they agreed to a temporary marriage that could end only in disaster. But can this strange twist of fate lead to the silver lining that both have been searching for?

January 4
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Gmaypes ,

Wonderful,touching book

I loved everything about this book.
The plot was a little iffy at first. I wasn't sure I could by into the story at the beginning but it all added to the turmoil of the main characters that kept me guessing how it would end

The female lead was so well written that I felt her angst sometimes physically. you know, when your chest gets that tight feeling. Awesome writing!

The hero was honest about not liking the heroine. But also, honorable in his treatment of her as a human being.

The secondary characters were lovely also and added a touching family element to the story. Well, all except one. I wanted to smack the ever-loving day lights out of one of them. You'll have to read it to find out who.

TheLiar333 ,

Loved it!

One of my favorite books in this genre of book!

ganders24 ,


This was an amazing read with a unique and impressive heroine! A truly refreshing book to remind one why romantic fiction is such fun to read. 10 stars!

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