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Silver Lining [Mass Market Paperback]

Maggie Osborne
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Jan. 4 2000
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?

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When a group of grateful prospectors offers to give fellow prospector Low Down her "fondest wish" in return for her nursing them through a smallpox epidemic, they are stunned when she says she wants a baby. What she gets, however, is a husband she doesn't want, a husband who doesn't want her, and a family--and eventually a love--she never even dreamed of. Funny and touching, this riveting romance, in classic Osborne fashion, takes an outwardly independent but inwardly fragile heroine, pairs her with a hero smart enough to realize her worth, and lets them find each other despite a host of almost insurmountable obstacles. This rewarding read will not disappoint the author's many fans. Osborne, the reigning queen of this type of Western romance, lives in Colorado.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"Wit, style, and class. Maggie Osborne is a storyteller who consistently delivers all three."

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3.0 out of 5 stars Had So Much Potential/Male Lead Ruined It March 17 2004
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This book had so much potential! I love the premise - forced marriages is one of my favorite plots. However, the forced marriage in this book was in doubt in my mind. I never saw the reason for it, which put this whole book on shaky ground for me. I also did not like the hero in this book. First, he unfairly blamed Louise for the marriage. Second, he never did anything great or wonderful to make Louise fall in love with him. Overall, he was rather boring and at times annoying. I never found myself cheering for the main characters to stay together. In the end I wish Louise had packed up her bags and found herself a real man. Another reason I really disliked this book was the villification of Philadelphia. She was a young woman who was wronged by the hero. Instead of letting that story lead to some poignant moments and difficult decisions, the author villified her. One bright note in the book is the main heroine Louise. She was strong and smart, and she learns to value herself. I always like books with strong heroines. Overall the book is not bad, but it is not great either.
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Maggie Osborne's book, Silver Lining, was mentioned at a recent writer's symposium as having GREAT HOOKS (single opening or ending lines that just draw the reader in and make them want to read more and more).
I had never read her novels, nor had I heard her name but, if she was being touted as a great hook-er, I decided to look her up. As soon as I got home, I ordered Silver Lining. It came a few days later and sat in the box for two weeks. Finally, I got around to reading it...IN ONE DAY!
There are some fantastic lines in this novel. The dialgoue is believable and engaging. The heroine is gritty - not a perfectly primped and preened Blonde Barbie type - and I like that. You really find yourself rooting for this heroine, sympathizing with her baggage and loving her.
There were only two things that kept me from giving this novel 5 stars: 1. The hero's habit of rubbing the marble became a bit annoying, compulsive. 2. I felt like the ending (and the plot line involving Philadelphia) was rushed. I would have liked a little more explanation about what happened to Philadelphia and the younger brother.
Other than that, it is a fantastic novel. One of the finest romance novels I have read in a long time.
Leah Marie Brown, Author of WILLING CAPTIVE
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just plain disappointing. May 28 2000
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Let me just say - I love Western romances. Usually they have heroines who are spunky, heroes who are tortured but adorable, and storylines fraught with drama without being overly intense. This story was sadly lacking a great hero, and as a result it was terribly disappointing.
Low Down, aka Louise Downe, has led a rough life. She's an orphaned woman who has been living on her own since she was a kid, and has been doing this without compromising her values. She is the only person in a mining town in Colorado willing to tend a bunch of sick men, and if she hadn't they'd have all died of the pox. Thus, when they offer her anything she wants as a reward, and she says she wants a baby, one of them must marry her to give her her wish. However, because Low Down has been tending for their sick butts and mining for quite a while, she's a mess when all this happens, and no one wants to marry her, least of all the guy she gets hitched to.
Max, the guy that marries Low Down, is actually a visiting rancher who has led a pretty good life and wants to return to it ASAP, not marry the haggardly Low Down. Plus Max is a little ...[mad] because he was supposed to marry this manipulative, vapid woman back home named Philadelphia. So, Max loves Philly (for some ungodly reason), but he felt honor-bound to marry Low Down.
My problems with this storyline were many. First, Loise/Low Down has been tending to these men for a while but yet none of them gives her the benefit of the doubt. Everyone, including the hero, assumes she's a hag. This does not endear the hero to the reader at all -- apparently in this world it's more important that you look cute than that you are a kind, compassionate, honorable person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SILVER LINING is a story full of heart. March 11 2000
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Low Down is prospecting for gold when a small pox outbreak hits the camp. She rolls up her sleeves and cares for all the miners, bullying them into surviving, loaning them the sheer force of her will until they can't do anything but survive. Full of gratitude they promise to give her whatever her heart desires. A piano? A house? No, Low Down's secret heart's desire is a baby -- someone who will allow her to love them, and will love her in return. What she didn't ask for was a husband, but that's just what the prospector's give her. A reluctant husband to be a father to her baby.
Max McCord doesn't know what to make of the whiskey swilling, cussing woman he finds himself tied to. She saved his life, and now marrying her has ruined it. He sees his dreams, the life he planned disappear. What on earth does he do now?
Marrying Max begins Low Down's transformation into Louise, the woman she's always kept hidden from the world. Their marriage sets all kinds of trouble into motion, but the relationship they forge soon proves strong enough to handle each and every one of them. The only question that remains by the end of the book, is will these two strong people allow themselves to let down their defenses and let love flourish?
Maggie Osborne is a powerful storyteller and Silver Lining was truly a heart-warming read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very sweet story with
characters that you like immediately. How Ms. Osborne managed to create a female lead that was so unattractive to start and then became so well loved and desired is the gift of... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2002 by Isobel
5.0 out of 5 stars A BOOK TO BE TREASURED!
This was a wonderful book. I loved Low Down Louise and Max and Livvy, Gilly, and all the rest - even Philadelphia, who provided such a terrific counterpoint to Louise. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2001 by "lethe2"
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Osborne Book
I have read several Maggie Osborne books and I was looking for another good one. Again I was not disappointed. Read more
Published on June 30 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it twice in a row!
I read the book so fast the first time, I had to read it again. The characters are well written. You fall in love with Low Down and gain much respect for Max. Read more
Published on April 6 2001 by L. Garrido
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver Lining Shines.....
This is the first (hopefully many more to follow)Maggie Osborne that I have read and it is truly wonderful. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2001 by Ree Mancini
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
This was a one-nighter for me and I would definitely recommend it. Predictable, but great!
Published on Jan. 2 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A true romance
I was absolutely blown away by Maggie Osborne's SILVER LINING. As Max and Louise struggle to make a life and a child together I found myself becoming more and more wrapped up in... Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2000 by Jesse Petersen
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nicely done!
This book actually brought a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. Ms Osborne writes in a style that is both witty and emotional. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2000 by TooManyHobbies
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can buy only one book make it this one!
Silver Lining will not let you put it down! Totally original, this romance is one of the best I've read in years. This is a heroine that hooks you from the first page. Read more
Published on April 21 2000
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