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Bittersweet
After a year, Maggie is trying to move on from the loss of her husband. Her grief support group encourages her to contact old friends, so she calls Eric, her high school boyfriend living in Wisconsin. He is married, but he isn't too happy in his marriage, as he desperately wants children and his wife does not. Maggie decides to move from Seattle to her hometown in Wisconsin, and becomes an innkeeper. There she is close to Eric, and they find themselv...
Bygones
This book is about a couple, divorced for years who are brought back together because of their daughters wedding. The mother comes to deal with her part in the divorce and the father realizes what he lost all those years ago. They fall in love again but are very afraid of their past failure....
Family Blessings
Lee Reston, a widow in her mid-forties had a full and rewarding life with her three incredible children and a thriving florist business until her oldest son, Greg is killed in a motorcycle accident. In her anguish and grief she turns to police officer Christopher Lallek, Greg's best friend. Together they grieve for Greg and begin to heal. Chris becomes a part of the Reston family and Lee begins to fall in love with him, but feels guilty and wants to...
Hummingbird
A spinster takes in a wounded man accused of a train robbery because she needs the money. The two spar repeatedly until sparks fly all the way to the bed. Engrossing and charming characters are Spencer's trademark, and this couple takes Hummingbird to must-read status. This book is a bit racier than Spencer's usual fare. ...

Spencer booklist

Morning Glory
When ex-con Will Parker arrives in Whitney, Georgia, he quickly realizes that he is not wanted. Luckily, an ad for a husband placed by the recently widowed Elinor Dinsmore catches his eye. As Will and Elinor become more familiar with each other attraction begins to spark and love is in the air. This is wonderful story showing that second chances can lead to unexpected surprises. ...
November of the Heart (Romance)
Jens Harken felt the spark the moment he laid eyes on Lorna Barnett. Lorna, a wealthy businessman's daughter, was awestruck when she met Jens, but it was not to be for he was part of the kitchen staff. Peusuing a forbidden affair, this young couple ride the torrent of emotions, discovering a strong love for one another. Soon their happiness is shattered by, as her parents deem it, her "inconvenient" pregnancy, and they are torn apart. It is a long pai...
November of the Heart (Literature)
Lorna Barnett is young, wealthy, and the daughter of Commodore and Levinia Barnett, the cream of society in 1895. While summering in their mansion on the lake, Mr. Barnett's elite yacht club loses its first round in a 3-year bet with a rival club. Angrily, Mr. Barnett describes his woes during an elaborate dinner. Jens Harken, the handsome young kitchen handyman, eavesdrops on the matter, and decides to slip the master of the house a note, letting him kn...
Separate Beds
Clay Forrester is wealthy, on his way to becoming a lawyer, and has a beautiful on-and-off girlfriend, Jill, who has similar aspirations. But when Clay and Jill were on a relationship break, Clay went on a blind date with Catherine Anderson, who seems an unlikely match for him. She is a nineteen-year-old student from a working class family with an abusive father. After a good amount of wine on their blind date, Clay and Catherine sleep together, and s...
Sweet Memories
Theresa Brubaker's overly endowed form causes her much heartache and pain. Men either grope or gawk at her but few care about her. Then her brother Jeff brings his friend and fellow musician, Brian Scanlon, home on holiday leave and for the first time in her life, Theresa tastes the pleasure of love. But her past experiences remain stumbling blocks to their relationship. Brian treads lightly until Theresa makes a major decision that tests their love. ...
That Camden Summer
After Roberta's divorce, she moves with her daughters to her home town, where the early 1900s society considers her a loose woman. Men try to take advantage of her, women scorn her, and she tries to find work and a home for her family. Along comes a widowed carpenter, who finds a way to fix more than her front porch, and mends her heart. These are more of Spencer's signature strong characters. Don't look for unbridled passion, but an inner struggle wi...

LaVyrle Spencer list of books

The Endearment
Anna Reardon is an illiterate teen-aged orphan with a 13 year-old brother, James who were both raised in a brothel. Unable to make a living in Boston, she agrees to become a mail-order bride. Unfortunately, in order to do so, she must fabricate nearly everything about herself. James helps her to do this by writing to Karl Lindstrom, a handsome Swedish immigrant with a farm in Minnesota. Karl is kind, hard-working and very moral. When he meets "his...
The Fulfillment
Mary marries Jonathan Gray, a farmer in Minnesota, just after the turn of the 20th century. The farm was an inheritance for Jonathan and his younger brother Aaron. The two men work hard to make the farm prosper and Mary busily keeps the home. But after 7 years of marriage, Mary and Jonathan still have no children and that spoils their otherwise satisfying life. Jonathan thinks it was childhood mumps which keeps him from having children. But Aaron...
Then Came Heaven
The male character's wife gets hit by a train and dies. The female character is a nun who is questioning her vows when she starts falling in love with the man. The church is pressuring her to find out where she needs to be....
Years (Literature)
Eighteen year old Linnea Brandonberg steps off the train, expecting to find a quaint, small-town atmosphere in Dickinson, North Dakota. But what she finds is wheat. Wheat, wheat everywhere. She imagines a dapper superintendent cordially welcoming her to her new teaching position. But what she finds is a humble farmer in the waiting. Theodore Westgaard. Handsome, rugged, and simple. Linnea's boarding arrangements included living at Theodore's farmhouse, b...
Years (Romance)
"Years" is one of my favorite read. I read at least once a year and fall in love with Teddy and Linea all over again. I am from ND and love the way LaVerle Spencer descibes the prairie and the Red River Valley. It is a fresh and wonderful look at a spring and fall romance....


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