Silver Lining Mass Market Paperback – Jan 4 2000
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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.
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"Wit, style, and class. Maggie Osborne is a storyteller who consistently delivers all three."
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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
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Feb. 28 2002 by Isobel
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 morePublished on Dec 30 2001
I have read several Maggie Osborne books and I was looking for another good one. Again I was not disappointed. Read morePublished on June 30 2001
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 morePublished on April 6 2001 by L. Garrido
This is the first (hopefully many more to follow)Maggie Osborne that I have read and it is truly wonderful. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2001 by Ree Mancini
This was a one-nighter for me and I would definitely recommend it. Predictable, but great!Published on Jan. 2 2001
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 morePublished on Sept. 8 2000 by Jesse Petersen
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 morePublished on Aug. 12 2000 by TooManyHobbies