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After the death of his wife, Matthias Barrington's sole concern was raising his two boys. He had no desire or intention of marrying again, but town matchmaker, Hilda Marie Clements had other plans for him. Without his knowledge she sent a mail-order bride for him.
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Abby Smyth ran away from her aunt and uncles to marry Matthias only to discover that he doesn't want a wife. With nowhere else to go and no money she accept his offer of working as his housekeeper until the end of the summer. As the weeks wear on Matthias realizes just how much he needs her but can he love her too or will the memory of his late wife always put Abby second in his thoughts and in his heart?

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   American "wild west" era Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   angst over dead lover If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   rancher/cowboy Age/status:    -   40's-50's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   homemaker Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

What % of story is romance related?    -   80% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex 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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