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Inga Linberg may be the oldest of 5 girls, but she's also the plainest,tallest, and gentlest of them all. Her family has always viewed her as thesensible one who would stay around the parsonage and help her father. When Dirk Bridger comes looking for help with his two nieces and dying mother,Inga's life change forever. She goes and agrees to help out with the child-watching and house chores until Mrs. Bridger dies. Inga quickly makes herself indespensible in the Bridger household. Her joy and loving care even begin to touch Dirk, whom she never meant to fall in love with
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but did.
Dirk's always had big dreams to see the world. When his brother and
sister-in-law were killed in an accident, he suddenly got saddled with his brother's life: a dairy farm and two sweet little girls. After Dirk's mother dies, Inga moves back home for a few days. Then, Dirk Bridger, the love of her life and heart proposes a marriage of convenience. Knowing she's asking for pain, Inga agrees.
Soon the celebate marriage becomes more. Inga tries to earn her husband's love, unaware that he is slowly falling in love with her. One day there's a terrible accident where Inga's sister, Gunda, almost drowns. While looking for her, Dirk falls in the river and catches pneumonia. Inga patiently nurses him back to health. Soon after, a beautiful, rich woman from Dirk's past comes to the Bridgers and tries to lure Dirk away. Seeing the woman and overhearing the conversation, Inga flees the scene and ends up falling down the stairs. Her unborn child dies and Inga retreats into her head for a good long while. Dirk fully recovers and realizes that he loves his wife desperately and deeply. He's not a man of great words, but he tries his hardest to show her he loves her. Eventually, when a kind cousin of his two nieces offers to take the two girls and love them, Dirk refuses outright, determined that Inga and him and the girls will be a family. Inga finally turns in the end, beating back her fear. The young family comes closer together in spirit at last.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Marriage/Married    -   Yes Marriage subplot:    -   marriage of convenience spurring real love If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate In love with caretaker or teacher    -   Yes Falling in love with    -   Homecaring friend

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   farmer Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   blissful Unusual characteristics?    -   Bulging Muscles

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   homemaker Effect of sexing    -   a better lover    -   mature Unusual characteristics:    -   Frigid - would not even feel a jackhammer down there


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   80% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   1-2 sex acts

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