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Sweet Romance + Thrilling Intrigue = February Best Reads

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Night time can be frightening, especially when you’re all alone.


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He wanted revenge but found love instead.


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Some promises are meant to be broken, Some vows are forever…


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Can the course that they’ve set for the future handle a slight detour...?


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The famous bells are ringing a hero’s welcome when a former army captain returns home...


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"A cracker of a read—her best yet!"—B. A. Paris


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Trading favors, battling wills, and winning love


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Bound by love. . .torn apart by secrets.


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Will a blackout change everything for these unlikely lovers?


Beth Fuller

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115 comments posted.

Re: Courtship of the Cake (9:54pm June 23, 2015):

Boston cream pie - yellow sponge cake split in half, cooked cream (or custard) filling, chocolate glaze spilling over the top....a little cupcake with a birthday candle and you have a party!

Re: Hearts in Danger (9:12pm June 3, 2015):

oh, sweetie, I'm so sorry for your loss - he was so young! Good luck with the book set!

Re: Tying The Knot (8:56pm June 3, 2015):

love the cozies! with a series, you feel as if you're a glimpse into a small town crazier than the one you live in, with memorable characters you read about from book to book. It's fun to watch their lives grow and change, while essential personalities stay the same; it's like a very long coffee hour, catching up with old friends.

Re: The Last Heiress (11:57pm April 26, 2015):

some lovely warm island with lovely warm surf and warm sand sounds just right to me, stuck inside on a cold grey Sunday after what seems like months of snow and cold - I'd find a reason to be on that beach in the sun, some research which absolutely needed to be done 'in the field', without which that book just wouldn't be right!

Re: The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook (11:08pm April 1, 2015):

nuts - just a few here, just a few there, pretty soon they're all gone!

Re: Dreaming of Love (6:09pm January 22, 2015):

hmmm - to add to Peggy's list - 1) that some characters in books don't stay between the covers and make it into dreams; 2) that some books refuse to be put down; 3)that bringing little loaves of banana bread to one's doctors and nurses elicits smiles; 4)chemo and radiation are not the worst things one can experience; 5)losing one's hair means losing it all over your body too, including in your nose!; 6)being hairless is actually rather comfortable in summer; 7)it's nice to have hair in winter, tho; 8)it's fun to win contests!; 9)everyone has stories inside them; 10)surprises in books are just delicious.

Re: The Cottage Next Door (8:23pm September 27, 2014):

ocean ocean ocean - I live close enough to be on a beach in 20 minutes and sometimes when the wind is just right, can even smell it! The sand is hard-packed, the waves very gentle, the water is, well, character-building! But so soul refreshing to be able to walk and walk on that sand and in the water, looking for sand dollars and watching the gulls strut back and forth. Love that Revere Beach!

Re: My Highland Spy (10:59pm September 11, 2014):

Japan and the Caribbean! Japan to visit a son studying there (and to see what we could in three weeks - and there's so much more to see!), and St. Kitts just because (and it was lovely and unspoiled). Same son is now in China, and we'll have to visit him there.

Re: Saving Gracie (3:44pm August 24, 2014):

I too have been slowed by medical treatments this past 8 months and know that someday soon, all that busyness will return - but now is what I have and I do what I can and I appreciate the sunny days and that wonderful couch for a nap!

Re: Two Week Seduction (12:38pm August 8, 2014):

I'm taking notes, just in case one of my three ever decides to get married and I need to make a speech! This will be a wonderful event - are you going to be in that hot little number when you give The Speech?

Re: Ready to Wed (4:36pm July 24, 2014):

sadly, we haven't been very creative - we've had several cats named 'Kitty'; others came to us already named, thereby sparing themselves the indignity of yet another Kitty....My mother used the first initials of her children to name a dog or two, but as she points out, she would have named a boat the same contrived name!

Re: How To Lose A Lord in Ten Days or Less (8:14pm July 16, 2014):

knitting! and reading - I have a lot of medical appointments, and it's always nice to have something to use up the time in the waiting room, even better when you can actually see progress being made, stitch by stitch, row by row,or line by line, page by page.

Re: The Return of the Rebel (4:37pm July 11, 2014):

A book I can look up from easily to watch my children, good-looking guys, the view, squabbling sea gulls, passing whales/dolphins/seals/hot lifeguards; long enough for several trips to the pond/beach/pool/kiddie pool in the backyard; intriguing female characters and situations I can't wait to get back to; sigh-inducing! and, def, sturdy enough to survive being accidentally dropped in case I have to get up quickly from my beach chair in the shallow water!

Re: The Midwife (11:39pm June 21, 2014):

until the day she dies, my grandmother never stopped mourning her baby who had died at 10 days of age, her first child - her child was very real to me, as oldest grand-daughter, even though no pictures existed, not even a headstone to mark where she was buried. My husband and I arranged to have the baby's name added to my grandmother's headstone, so long after their deaths. I think the same must be true for girls and women who give up a baby for adoption, that the choice is not easy and that they hold that child in their hearts, even if no one in their present lives might even know that someplace, somewhere....

Re: Once Upon a Highland Autumn (9:37pm June 17, 2014):

oh, heck, TV commercials make me cry! just remember, it's therapeutic and keeps you empathetic and human. Passionate people can change the world!

Re: All My Belongings (11:30pm June 13, 2014):

You know, if I'm able to 'catch the good' when someone does something unexpectedly nice for someone else, I will stop and say - 'that was so kind! thank you for doing holding the door open/carrying that bag/helping that person'.

Re: Wedded In Scandal (7:49pm June 7, 2014):

You get to wear whatever makes you feel so fabulous and wonderful that you are not self-conscious, you're confident and happy happy happy for your daughter and her beloved! Love the dress you two picked and so very glad you're wearing those gorgeous shoes and not me!

Re: To Charm a Naughty Countess (10:23pm May 25, 2014):

Life's better with you!

Re: The Duke's Obsession (7:57pm May 18, 2014):

I love them! My favorites I save for the car - just open it up and let it rest on the dashboard while I'm at work for a few hours. The car is transformed, and I feel renewed after a long day on my feet.

Re: A Sweet Life Boxed Set (8:18pm May 10, 2014):

bought the set! thanks for this opportunity to contribute

Re: A Perfect Distraction (8:12pm May 10, 2014):

Oh I do love to sleep! these past few weeks my sleep has been disrupted as a side effect of medical treatments, and I find myself up at 3:30am, taking a nap in morning and in the afternoon, newspaper in hand. My bed is supremely comfy, with a lovely foam topper and - bliss! - an electric mattress pad, but I just can't stay asleep. It'll all be better in a few months! I love the window open, but those darn mockingbirds are singing 24 hours a day - they need a matchmaker, and fast. What a lovely bed, and lovelier quilt - your quiltmaker would so take pleasure in hearing your joy in her creation. Thank you for sharing!

Re: The Ace (3:03pm April 12, 2014):

some crazy spectacular catch, or the walk-off homerun or closer striking out the last batter in the World Series or the heartbreaking near-homerun in a crucial game - I love baseball! GO SOX!!! (and all of the above added to the magic rituals we've been keeping at home - doesn't everyone do them???)

Re: The Winter Bride (2:30pm April 3, 2014):

what wonderful reviews on amazon.com! Turns out we're not the only ones who love the occasional beta-hero. It's such fun to see characters grow in the course of the story - it keeps those pages turning.

Re: Moonlight on My Mind (9:01pm March 29, 2014):

fun! thanks!

Re: The Duke's Quandary (9:24pm March 15, 2014):

I recently had surgery, and I have to say, I admire the nurses and nursing assistants who took care of all of us at our very worst - we patients who were in pain, unable to sleep, cranky, nauseous, unwashed, barely able to move in bed and slowly walk around the floor - but they were endlessly cheerful, always there, responding to our moans and tears and attempts at waking up. My heroines and heroes!

Re: The Bride Insists (7:46pm March 14, 2014):

There's something irresistible to the human nature to hope against hope, to believe in the power of redemption, to never give up when things seem most grim - to look for the silver lining, the pot at the end of the rainbow. The 'black sheep' of the family has gained the wealth of experiences and quirky life skills that rescue the story and succeed in the end - or so we hope!

Re: Deep in My Heart (5:10pm February 12, 2014):

That was a fun interview! I also noted the temperature - 50 degrees warmer than it was this morning in Boston (sigh...) Also enjoyed the excerpt from the book, and really - I don't think I'd ever be able to go back to the town I left after high school - it's mighty hard to live down those high school memories - why do they remain so vivid that even now, we still dream about the tests we're not prepared for or being in a class and getting called on? weird, huh?

Re: The Wedding Game (6:52pm February 7, 2014):

I do love weddings - and crying at weddings! It has been so wonderful to watch my daughter's childhood friends get married and remember when they were all so young. I hope my children also get married so I can cry at their weddings too! I'm on the marriage counseling committee at church and have loved meeting the couples before they marry....

Re: Breakaway Hearts (6:37pm February 7, 2014):

truthfully, all those skiing/sledding/snowboarding events scare me - especially the ski jumping! I can't watch those. I love the background pieces on the host country and on the athletes - all the fabulous sweaters and the internet knitters just buzzing with details. Maybe I'll watch something safe - curling? can't wait to see what the Norway team is wearing!

Re: Diva in the Dugout (7:45pm January 30, 2014):

Red Sox! GO Sox!

Re: Love Songs for the Road (6:28pm January 21, 2014):

My daughter is a middle school computer teacher and spends a good bit of time talking with her students about appropriate use, the dangers of technology and just how quickly things can get out of hand. Her students have unfortunately found out just how speedily the local police can unravel the chain of messages and meet with the perpetrators and their parents in the principal's office by the end of a school day, when a message is intercepted at school...Farrah, your high school experience would be treated very differently today.

Re: One Rogue Too Many (6:53pm January 17, 2014):

first fiancee became a Trappist monk - second one was the keeper! It's been a good life, he's a good man and the kids were a nice surprise too!

Re: Sweet Southern Betrayal (6:38pm January 17, 2014):

just read the comments on amazon and gosh, you have yourself a passionate fanbase!
as for the wedding renewal - hmmmm - something tacky, classic Vegas-like-in-the-movies, you in a hot short white dress, choir of angels, Hammond B-5 organ wailing away - and cake. Lots of cake. Plus your devoted fans to eat all that cake....

Re: What the Heart Wants (4:29pm January 5, 2014):

very interesting about your dreams and then using what you have learned from the dream! my dreams are crazy working-out-what-happened-that-day plus little bits, all spun together - entertaining, but not predictive!
bpaine@aol.com

Re: The Scandal in Kissing an Heir (7:33pm December 31, 2013):

I am so intrigued! great excerpt, can't wait to read more about these two as they learn one another's secrets. Thanks!

Re: Three Timeless Loves (8:55pm November 30, 2013):

I would love to meet my mother as a young woman. full of promise, in the late 1940's, and to see my beloved grandmother, aunts and uncles at ages when they were most happy. I only knew them when they were middle-aged, and they had so many stories about their younger selves.

Re: Norse Jewel (11:36pm November 24, 2013):

well, I learned that experimenting with exotic recipes for a crowd which expects the same old tried-and-true few things just doesn't go over well - rule #1: Don't Mess With Tradition; something will always go wrong - rule #2: Expect the worst and be pleasantly surprised when you only break one serving platter; be prepared - rule #3: Overplan - lists are your friend!

Re: The Wedding Game (11:04pm November 24, 2013):

gosh, think of all the good that money could do! sure, I would!

Re: Bikers and Pearls (10:14am November 12, 2013):

Knitting - from the very first time I felt yarn in my fingers and it simply flowed onto needles and crochet hooks - just like it did for my grandmother. I even finished one of her projects after her death, a gift for a soon-to-be-born great grand daughter, and our gauges matched. I've since taught knitting in afterschool programs and community projects; given away thousands of things; crocheted my own wedding dress; have a yarn stash to exceed my own life expectancy - I dream of yarn and stitches and projects!

Re: A Cowboy for Christmas (2:21pm November 4, 2013):

Christmas pageant the kids in Sunday school to put on the rest of the church; my class makes the paper cranes we use during the play and offer as gifts afterwards, plus play the Three Wise People; my husband's church has a concert and another pageant...We have silly small gifts in our stockings - as my kids have gotten older they contribute as well - we don't open under-the-tree gifts until after a family dinner (at a Chinese restaurant!) with the picky relatives....

Re: The Wishing Thread (10:00pm October 31, 2013):

I know it's too late for the contest, but I do love to knit and crochet and have made a few special tings - I crocheted my wedding dress (took two engagements!), knitted 6 shawls for a friend's second marriage, all the same pattern but different yarns; throughout the finals of this baseball season, knitted a dozen pairs of tiny Red Sox sock earrings for friends and co-workers (on size 0000 needles!), and a cap with attached beard for my daughter's rubber ducky - as long as I knitted during the games, they won!

Re: A Midsummer Bride (6:06pm October 31, 2013):

A good heart, bravery, sense of humor, loyalty, kindness, compassion. That seems like enough - a bit of foolishness, maybe, just enough to get into a little trouble but not in so deep that she can't get herself out. Maybe a vice or two - she has to be human, after all!

Re: Love and Other Games (3:31pm October 6, 2013):

hot chocolate for two and the electric mattress pad warming up the bed - ah! bliss!

Re: Tempted in the Tropics (7:42pm September 14, 2013):

something you must eat so slowly that you savor each and every bite - chocolate is good, a wee bit of some spice, a little salt, something oozy (hmmm that Chocolate Lava cake is sounding perfect so far!), something with a bit of 'mouth feel' (whipped cream too?), smooth on the tongue...

Re: The Highlander's Desire (9:35pm August 30, 2013):

I think of A Wrinkle in Time as a modern fairy tale, with a strong resourceful young heroine, who learns that love - and being loved - is powerful magic indeed. And Cinderella - how many times have we read that story, and each time it is new, and each time, we hold our breaths and hope hope hope for that happily ever after that lifts the merest serving girl to true love with her Prince...

Re: A Rancher's Christmas (11:04pm August 27, 2013):

a library; a grocery store; a space large enough for a town meeting/kid or adult dance/performances; fire station; swimming area - beach, pond, pool or river - anyplace with water!; post office. I'm thinking about places where people can meet and talk, even if that's waiting in line. How many times have I caught up with friends, standing in line at the post office, or bumped into someone in a grocery store aisle? and doesn't friendship make a large city a small town?

Re: Just Beyond the Garden Gate (10:56pm June 24, 2013):

I think about meeting my children just after birth, and each time I was so surprised to meet the baby I'd been waiting to see after being with them for so long....happily, their lives have been just as much a surprise to me as each has unfolded - I never ever would have predicted the paths they've taken.

Re: Just One Kiss (1:10pm June 15, 2013):

book that ticket now for a trip to Japan to visit my son who's been teaching for three years on a small island 2 hours by ferry from the mainland! Give two very large gifts to the college of two of my kids and the school system of all three. Invest the remainder in order to grow that money for more donations - it's so much fun to be a fairy godmother!

Re: One Day in Apple Grove (10:04pm June 13, 2013):

I've gone to several author talks and readings - but I get so star-struck I can barely speak - I cried when I met Debbie Macomber. It is a thrill to hear an author read her own words!

Re: The Fireman's Homecoming (11:22pm June 12, 2013):

knitting - and folding origami cranes. Those sharp creases are so satisfying to press down! It is a rare meeting when I am without my knitting; I've also had the pleasure of leading community knitting projects at our local library, and introducing others to this pleasure.

Re: Summer at Mustang Ridge (9:40am June 11, 2013):

family traditions - a second for the 4th of July - except ours involves the Boston Pops, the Charles River, and two moms staking out a place 10 hours before the concert/fireworks! been attending since 1976, adding the husband and kids and friends as they came along - wouldn't be the 4th without it, and the hundreds of thousands of other revelers.

Re: It Had To Be You (7:02pm June 4, 2013):

hmmm. I usually listen to NPR all day, and when I choose music, it's new grass, blue grass or classical - it was fun listening to your choices! how did you find these artists? Now when I read the book, I'll hear your music in the background - kinda nifty.

Re: Five Days in Skye (7:42pm June 2, 2013):

I am fascinated by the role religion - presence, lack of - plays in societies other than the US - I visited Japan for several weeks and immediately noticed the difference, and how difficult it was to ask about mores without having that common JudeoChristian frame of reference. Even if one is not churched or a believer in something, one can still respect the work of religious charitable organizations.

Re: Katie's Choice (7:35pm June 2, 2013):

hmmm - maybe how they deal with envy, gossip, betrayal, jealousy; how they are able to maintain closeness with family members; recipes! (of course) What future do they see for themselves and their faith communities, particularly as the price of farmland forces young families to move far from home.

Re: Long Simmering Spring (3:12pm June 1, 2013):

I tried to become a nicer person to my husband and children, and more attentive to my mother - after years and years of allowing her to be horrible to me and to my family. Being nicer to her has not eased the disparities in treatment of her grandchildren, but I am standing my ground as their mother, and she has eased back in her remarks, at least.

Re: Lady Vivian Defies A Duke (11:16pm May 24, 2013):

You know, I do enjoy reading a series and watching the characters grow with time and experience - I love Mary Balogh's books love getting inside a character's mind, and after getting to love each one, having each finally get to a happy ending. It's also fun to read one series from an author and then have some of the characters pop up again in other books - Susan Elizabeth Philips has that happen. It's great to catch up with old friends!

Re: Kissing the Maid of Honor (10:04pm May 23, 2013):

Hamish MacBeth, from MC Beaton's mystery series - for days after I've read another one I hear his Highland accent in my dreams!

Re: Changing Lanes (12:01pm May 17, 2013):

I would be kinder and more patient with my children when they were younger; I would not have done family day care (too hard on my family!); I would have treasured our time together - less yelling and hurry up, more time spent going for walks and stopping and smelling every single rose. I would have had more faith in their futures and not worried over the silliest littlest things.

Re: Angora Alibi (5:19pm May 11, 2013):

love the books! I'm always tying to figure out just where the action is taking place - I live not too far away and have relatives who lived in Beverly Cove...I avoid having my picture taken and can't quite understand why one of my sons is so photogenic - what does he do? why does he look so good in pictures? how does he do it? It will always be a mystery!

Re: Temporary Roomates (1:02am April 24, 2013):

I do love books with an accent - places I've never been to, places I have been to, where you can hear the voices of the people and drop in on their lives - and I do like to read about the place I'm living now, Boston. I like to learn about local foods, local customs, even local lingo and swear words!

Re: Abby Road (7:00pm April 14, 2013):

Revere Beach, Revere MA is my current favorite - long expanse of hard packed sand, gentle surf for walking in the water, even sand dollars! Piping plovers nest in a protected area (unusual to find them in such a busy urban beach), there's an annual sand castle competition - it's wonderful, historic, public beach.

Re: Last Chance Book Club (6:20pm April 7, 2013):

I'm from Boston, and we take baseball very seriously here - oh woe to those who hate baseball, as it is discussed all year round, second only to the weather as a conversation topic! Wouldn't it be fun to have those Regency heroines playing in a girls vs. guys game???

Re: Sweet Madness (12:24pm April 6, 2013):

Orange is my power color - I wear orange and feel right.

Re: Darius (7:21pm April 4, 2013):

dreams. I have vivid crazy dreams with just a hint of the solution somewhere within.

Re: Buried In A Bog (7:44pm March 18, 2013):

sheep! I want to go see the sheep, meet other knitters and buy at least three bags full of - yarn. I'd also like to walk along beaches, swim in the ocean and see the dolphins. So much of the world to see...

Re: Trouble In The Tarot (11:27pm March 16, 2013):

I do like finding characters to cheer on - characters you feel something for - and I do like a series with characters who develop over time. I do enjoy recipes, knitting patterns, some sense of place - it's always fun to read about places I've been and can picture the action happening on that street, in that park, at that City Hall. I want to hear accents, laugh a little, see their faces in my mind.

Re: Assaulted Pretzel (8:38pm March 13, 2013):

waiting in lines (especially at the grocery store) is an excellent time to people watch and try to sort out the meals they might be making with the ingredients they've buying. I never mind waiting in line - there's so much to ponder!

Re: A Risk Worth Taking (5:15pm March 10, 2013):

hmmmm - like some of the commenters, I like tor ead about people I could have been friends with - but I also like to read to learn about people I never would have otherwise met. I like to be inside a character's head, or as if I'm standing next to the her in a receiving line, a part of the action, I want to know what she feels, why she did what she did - and then - what happened next.

Re: Silence Of The Llamas (7:39pm February 25, 2013):

daydreaming - I get just little flashes of ideas or answers to questions or concerns while daydreaming. I've never kept a list of each day's odd little bits, but I bet I'd finally get a handle on the crazy dreams I have every night!
enjoy your books - I hunt them down on our library network!

Re: Seven-Night Stand (6:34pm February 9, 2013):

hey, the excerpt was great - I can't wait to read the rest of the book! I'd like to read a book or two or three about a place like the one I'm living in now - a smallish New England city not far from Boston with a college up the hill, and people who mostly bloom where they've been planted and everyone has an opinion about the mayor, the city council, the local history and the Red Sox/Bruins/Celtics/Revolution; where the houses sometimes have moms, dads, grandmas, kids, grandkids on three floors; where there are secrets and scandals but also lots of love and really good Italian/Asian/pizza. Like my city. And then I'd find out who's really related to whom!

Re: After the Rain (8:59pm January 21, 2013):

I'd take back every harsh comment I made to the kids, every hard word said in momentary anger, and treasure the time I had with them as little children - when you're a young mother you just don't realize how very precious that time will seem to you later...

Re: A Little Bit Wicked (12:00pm December 30, 2012):

I hereby resolve to be more thankful for all I have been given, to offer thanks for each act of kindness, to write more notes of gratitude, and say fewer harsh words. Oh, and to eat less, spend less, save more!

Re: Under the Mistletoe (6:17pm December 2, 2012):

you win! my, but the wonderful things they do with plastics these days - certainly a testament to the realistic plant - bet the manufacturer would LOVE that story...

Re: Wish Upon A Christmas Star (6:14pm December 2, 2012):

'love came down at Christmas' - I wish for magic and moments of wonder, for light shining through the cracks, and hope opening the doors.

Re: How I Came To Sparkle Again (4:16pm November 29, 2012):

hmmm. In my little city in New England, we do give directions by the corner 'spas' - the bread and milk stores on every corner - or by the pizza shops (there's one a few houses down from me- it's great!). In Boston, there are treacherous one-ways, and narrow streets which we swear were once cow paths - maps can be deceptive - ask a local for help, and enjoy the accent!

Re: A Christmas Bride / Christmas Beau (6:31pm November 27, 2012):

doesn't every Christmas make us hope for that happily-eve-after for our loved one, our friends, every family, each child, the world? oh that the magic be real!

Re: The Clue Is In The Pudding (1:05pm November 25, 2012):

what good sports you all were! weren't your parents brave to take on something so bold and new to you all? thank you for this lovely little essay.

Re: The Twelve Clues Of Christmas (6:32pm November 15, 2012):

Growing up in southern California meant Christmas so warm we could go for a walk on beach; living in New England with my own family it can be as warm as Southern California or as cold as Maine! At our Quaker meeting the children put on a Christmas pageant featuring the youngest baby born that year, ancient donated bathrobes as costumes and a flurry of paper cranes lofted from the balcony when the Three Kings finally meet Baby Jesus....

Re: The Wrangler (5:55pm November 15, 2012):

thanks! looking forward to reading them both.

Re: The Snow White Christmas Cookie (7:03pm November 4, 2012):

are there cookies involved? I'm in! But David, what really happened to the mail of your neighbors? And did John the barber figure it out before anyone else? were more cookies involved? what do you people have against cookies? great mysteries....

Re: Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight (6:32pm October 26, 2012):

I like reading about other traditions at Christmas - what foods will they be serving and eating (even the icky ones are interesting)? what gifts are they making for one another? what secrets are they keeping from one another? how are they decorating? is there a family Christmas play? and lastly - what magic will there be? Here in Boston, sometimes we have snow, mostly not, almost always cold and windy - perfect indoor cup-of-hot-chocolate weather; my family in Southern California sometimes goes down to the beach on Christmas Day, and has spray-painted tumbleweeds white to make a 'snowman'!

Re: Mistletoe Cowboy (6:25pm October 26, 2012):

oh my - nothing sexier than a man in (or out of!) plaid! and plaid flannel - so soft and warm - just the thing to run your hand down...I work for an outdoor retailer here in the Northeast, and to my delight - it's [plaid] flannel shirt weather - so many good lookin' guys, all day long...

Re: Enemies at the Altar (3:15pm September 20, 2012):

'Hate' gives the object of your disaffection power over your emotions, your heart, your very life - and how often does that person never even know of your feelings? You have to let go, be the bigger person, use that passion for good, or at the very least, talk it out with someone removed from the situation to get perspective.

Re: Fool For Love (9:47pm August 30, 2012):

I love the excerpt! can't wait to hunt this down and to make the recipes - you have great readers who are generous with the baking secrets!

Re: Not the Marrying Kind (8:03pm August 25, 2012):

loved the excerpt, it sounds like a great summer read (does summer really have to end? not as long as there are beach reads and a beach!). Thanks for the enticing bit!

Re: Lessons in Loving A Laird (6:43pm June 27, 2012):

oh my. Thank goodness it was all so very long ago that I've forgotten the details of those awful dating experiences before I met the man I'd marry a few months later. I was terrible at choosing dates! I am so very lucky that I married a man as honorable and solid now as he was then - I look at my sisters and think - it could have been me. I wish you all the best, honestly and truely, and hope that some wonderful unclaimed treasure rises to meet you.

Re: Honorable Rancher (2:25pm June 20, 2012):

I'm so lucky to live within walking distance of our library - I volunteer at the twice-yearly book sales, work on the Community Read committee and rack up large fines otherwise (sadly, fines go to the city's coffers, not to the library). Love my library!

Re: The Casanova Code (7:47pm June 18, 2012):

Generous, kind homebody, not allergic to wool or old houses needed to share the daily paper and home-cooked meals with rabid knitter and gourmet cook. Sense of humor advised!

Re: The Reason Is You (3:04pm May 21, 2012):

That kind of teasing, the infatuation, the obsessive thoughts that just won't go away - makes the heart beat a bit faster, like a work-out - see? it's good for you!at some point, though, you have to move beyond those thrilling moments and either get on with life - or just do something about it, and in real life (no matter what your husband says, it's gonna take longer than 10 minutes!)that can take awhile. Especially if the other party can't quite grasp what's going on and needs to be gently clued in, or more fun, if both 'get it' and slllooowwwly building up to a climatic episode. Sighhhh. Timeless!

Re: A Wild Night's Bride (5:18pm May 15, 2012):

Funny - I have a son named Emory (old family name of my husband's)...I've tried matchmaking with my friends, unsuccessfully - I didn't try a night of debauchery, just dinner. Now I see my error!

Re: Karma (12:09pm May 10, 2012):

a mix with interesting characters - people I'd like to meet outside a book!

Re: Tempting the Best Man (11:28pm May 6, 2012):

while the Romans and Greeks didn't have vampires and werewolves in their erotic literature, there were certainly lusty gods and goddesses messing with the mortals - erotic literature has always been around. It is fun to read about other humans, even if I'm not entirely sure how to replicate all the intriguing positions featured in some these books. Loved the excerpt on Amazon! looking forward to reading the book!

Re: Sunrise Point (10:39pm April 29, 2012):

Angel's Peak!
I do love following the characters in the stories as they interact with new characters, or in new storylines. It's like visiting with friends, catching up on news. It's always good that they've pulled through their difficulties - you know, we're cheering them on from the sidelines!

Re: A Plain Death (10:08pm April 14, 2012):

The way opened, as Quakers say, but you bravely reached out and took advantage of the opportunities before you - good for you! Looking forward to reading the books!

Re: Trouble Me (6:32pm April 9, 2012):

oh, the coincidences! It's awfully hard to shake the past when you go back to live in your hometown - poor Jade!

Re: One Hot Cowboy Wedding (7:56pm April 8, 2012):

or maybe it's their character, their loyalty, and oh, the way those jeans fit so fine!

Re: The Devil and Miss Jones (7:42pm April 8, 2012):

oh, this new title change will be so much less embarrassing at the library! I'd be braver about checking out those racier titles if I could use a plain brown wrapper at the desk - they're almost salacious!

Re: Woodrose Mountain (11:43am April 4, 2012):

I think our hearts yearn for that rainbow after the storm - for joy for those who have suffered, healing after pain. Maybe we call it 'hope' so as not to give up - a better day in the future if today is not so good.

Re: Wedded In Scandal (9:11pm April 3, 2012):

when those children are born we _think_ we can see the future - but oh my gosh - I would have missed so many cool things if life had gone the way I thought it would! My kids have dragged me to places and events I never imagined existed and their lives have unfolded in ways I never predicted. So glad they let me go with them!

Re: Cassie's Grand Plan (9:38pm March 20, 2012):

I live in a small city outside Boston; my backyard is on a river (we have a dock!), and every April, on Marathon Day, Paul Revere rides through our city on his horse - I love the history here! Around the corner is Grandmother's house (of 'Over the River and Through the Woods'), and 'Jingle Bells' was written about sleigh races down Main St. Come visit!

Re: Missing (9:17pm March 6, 2012):

The Search

Re: Sweet Enemy (9:03pm March 6, 2012):

I like getting inside the mind of the characters and recognizing that we share that same excitement and breathlessness at catching a glimpse of a certain special someone - and that what the future holds is a mystery to be enjoyed as it unfolds.

Re: Clobbered By Camembert (8:26pm February 26, 2012):

lucky us in New England, so close to Cabot cheese! great recipes on their website, along with videos of Grace Potter cooking up her favs on her band tour bus with the Nocturnals. Worth checking out!

Re: Donovan's Bed (6:59pm February 26, 2012):

hmmm - another one of those ideas which 'sounded so good on paper', and somehow, fail in the execution - but oh boy, bet the interviewing for a wife was fun to watch! hope they sold tickets!

Re: A Scandalous Countess (10:24pm February 17, 2012):

I think life must have been very difficult for women in either era, particularly women alone; so few rights, so much responsibility. I rather adore my modern appliances, too! It might be fun to visit, but oh, I'd want to take them back with me to modern times.

Re: Ride With Me (7:26pm February 13, 2012):

When we were in Japan, every single day brought things we'd never seen before and that no one could translate into English - or tell us whether this was 'animal, vegetable or mineral'! My oldest son will try ANYTHING - the rest of us are timid by comparison - but I still can't shake the memory of this one thing which did not feel or taste the way it looked....

Re: Scrumptious (1:47pm January 16, 2012):

Some of my bits and pieces have come by way of paying jobs - and others, as a volunteer. I've loved the volunteer stuff more!

Re: The Angel Of Blythe Hall (11:28am December 31, 2011):

my most unexpected gift has been witnessing the daily kindnesses and generosity of other people - family, co-workers, customers, friends - to me and one another. I appreciate their examples, and try to live up to their expectations, and the opportunities to make someone else's moment a little better. I am grateful for each day.

Re: The Earl's Mistaken Bride (11:14pm December 1, 2011):

one best appreciates the moments of joy when they break through the sorrow; love after having known sadness; the sun after days of rain; and day - after the darkness of night. Winter is upon us in the Northeast, but what a glorious long fall we've had!

Re: Until There Was You (5:34pm November 15, 2011):

read the available excerpts and can't wait to read the rest of the book - this sounds like a great read for a day off from work! thanks, Ms. Higgins!

Re: Utterly Charming (3:40pm October 19, 2011):

Hansel and Gretl. Want to eat that house too!Plus, in some versions the children's mother is restored to life and all is well. Funny how fairy tales change with the times - some old versions of Cinderella have some fairly gruesome stuff happening...

Re: Roommates (5:30pm October 4, 2011):

Robert (funny how 'Bob' completely changes the picture, doesn't it?); Emerson; Saul; Emory; Raul; oh my - some names just have connections based on whom one might have known in grade school!

Re: Baer Truth (5:13pm October 4, 2011):

loved the first chapter and enjoyed exploring your website and blog! What an interesting mix of things you do! looking forward to reading more.

Re: The Seduction of Sophie Seacrest (12:45pm September 26, 2011):

crazy, I know, but Hamish Macbeth, from MC Beaton's mysteries, is desperately in need of wife, altho he does want those wee little bairns and mine are all grown up - still, I think I could convince him otherwise - and he's definitely a brooder!

Re: The Full Moon Bride (1:13am August 1, 2011):

I'm trying to learn more about Indian culture through contemporary literature - I love your books!

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