An Avon True Romance: Amelia and the Outlaw [NOOK Book]

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Amelia

With a strict, eagle-eyed judge for a father and two older brothers to back him up, Amelia Harper is doted upon and protected within an inch of her life. She's not even allowed to have a sweetheart until she's seventeen, for example. Amelia longs for the day she can do as she pleases, but that day doesn't seem to be in any hurry to arrive.

The Outlaw

For a young fellow, Jesse Lawton has a surprisingly ...

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Overview

Amelia

With a strict, eagle-eyed judge for a father and two older brothers to back him up, Amelia Harper is doted upon and protected within an inch of her life. She's not even allowed to have a sweetheart until she's seventeen, for example. Amelia longs for the day she can do as she pleases, but that day doesn't seem to be in any hurry to arrive.

The Outlaw

For a young fellow, Jesse Lawton has a surprisingly shady background. The only wonder is that it took him until the age of fourteen to end up in jail, so wild was the path he'd been on. But five years have passed, and his luck finally seems to have turned: he's been freed. If only he can stay on the straight and narrow . . .

When Jesse arrives at the Harper ranch to work off the remainder of his sentence, it's no surprise that the judge's pretty daughter catches his eye. What he doesn't know is that this young lady is itching for excitement, and with one look into his haunted eyes, Amelia knows she's found it in Jesse. Without meaning to, Amelia forces the erstwhile outlaw into a choice between his freedom and his heart.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061756184
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 139,273
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 977 KB

Meet the Author

Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases for a publicist, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. In 1990, she read a romance novel and not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She's been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA's RITA®, a HOLT Medallion, and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.

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An Avon True Romance: Amelia and the Outlaw

Chapter One

Fort Worth, Texas
May 1881

The first thing Jesse Lawton noticed when the train puffed into the station was the girl standing on the platform.

She was the prettiest thing he'd seen in five years.

Her blond hair was tucked up neatly beneath a frilly bonnet decorated with ribbons and bows. The tiny tips of her black leather shoes peeked out from beneath the hem of her spring-green dress.

He thought her eyes were blue, but he couldn't be certain—not from this distance, not peering through the dirty train window.

The girl jutted her bottom lip into a little pout that caused his insides to tighten. Her mouth reminded him of the plump strawberries he'd tasted at the beginning of a long-ago summer. He'd snitched them out of a garden that grew beside a house with gingham curtains fluttering in the windows and a white picker fence.

He'd convinced himself the pain in his gut was a result of being hungry—not the longing for all the comforts the folks inside the house took for granted. He'd forced himself to gobble down the juicy berries and not think about soft beds or clean clothes or a warm bath.

The girl rocked back and forth on her heels, twirling her little green reticule as if she were waiting on somebody.

He couldn't take his eyes off her—which was a blessing. Looking at her prevented him from having to acknowledge the stares of the passengers making their way off the train. He kept his hands tucked between his thighs, so the shackles on his wrists weren't quite as visible.

But people noticed them anyway. Hecould tell when they did, because he'd hear them gasp or whisper harshly to their traveling companion that a criminal had been sitting in their midst.

"Hey, mister, are you an outlaw?" a boy suddenly asked loudly.

Flinching inwardly, Jesse focused his attention more intently on the girl. She was tapping her foot now, her growing impatience apparent.

"Run along, son," the man sitting beside him said.

Jesse didn't know his name. His guard hadn't bothered with introductions when he'd slapped on the irons.

"Is he an outlaw?" the kid asked again, his excitement echoing around the small compartment. "Is he?"

"Used to be," the man said. "Ain't no more. Now he's a prisoner of the state."

Jesse felt as though he'd been a prisoner of the state for most of his life. His mother had left him on somebody's doorstep, wrapped in a tattered blanket with a note that simply said, Please love him.

No one had bothered to comply with her request. He'd been passed around from person to person, never feeling as though anyone truly wanted him. At least not until he'd joined up with the Nightriders gang. Under the leadership of Sometimes-One-Eyed Pete, for a time, at least, he'd thought he'd discovered where he belonged.

But the bungled bank robbery had found him sentenced to spend ten years at Huntsville Prison. He'd already survived five in that wretched hole. Now he had a chance to serve his remaining time beneath the blue Texas sky. He didn't intend to lose this opportunity—no matter what the cost.

The guard stood. "Let's go, boy."

Jesse unfolded his body, moved into the aisle, and headed for the door. The guard traded behind him with his rifle held at the ready in the crook of his arm. Jesse knew the man would just as soon shoot him as see him get off the train, so he kept his strides short, slow, nonthreatening.

He walked through the door and to the steps that led to the platform. Placing one hand on the railing forced him to put both there because of the way his hands were linked together. He climbed down carefully, awkwardly.

He didn't dare look for the pretty girl now. He prayed she'd moved on and wouldn't catch sight of him with the humiliating chains jangling between his wrists.

With the butt of his rifle, the guard shoved him forward. "Keep going. Judge Harper is standing right over there."

Even if the guard hadn't pointed him out, Jesse would have recognized judge Harper. He'd lost track of the number of days that had passed since he'd been escorted to the warden's office, where he'd met the judge for the first time.

Judge Harper had only recently replaced Judge Gray, better known as the Hanging judge—the man who had sentenced Jesse to ten years of hard time Jesse hadn't been able to work up a spark of pity when word had traveled through the prison that the Hanging Judge had met his maker.

Judge Harper had been reviewing Judge Gray's records. Apparently the previous judge had kept detailed accounts on every criminal who'd appeared in his courtroom and every sentence he'd handed dawn.

"I don't like doubting my predecessor," Judge Harper had said, "but I think he might have been a bit harsh when he sentenced you."

A bit harsh? Jesse thought that was an understatement. The man bad been downright mean, with a steely glare that had made Jesse fear the Hanging judge was going to live up to his reputation and sentence Jesse to dance in the wind from the nearest oak tree.

"I'm not willing to commute your sentence," judge Harper continued, "but I'm willing to let you serve out your time under less desolate conditions."

So here Jesse was, his mouth suddenly as dry as a west Texas wind, walking toward the man who held his freedom in his hands. Judge Harper had looked imposing and ominous when he'd met with Jesse at Huntsville.

He was even more so now, standing on the platform in black trousers, a black jacket, and a black hat with his dark eyes roaming over Jesse . . .

An Avon True Romance: Amelia and the Outlaw. Copyright © by Lorraine Heath. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2011

    Beautiful

    Originally I had checked this out as a library ebook to move to my nook, but I checked it out and started reading it on my computer. It never made it to my nook, because I enjoyed it so much!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    LOVED IT

    It was an awesome book!I cant wait until i read the rest of the avon true romances!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2006

    I love this book!!!!

    This book was soooo cute!! I love it!! It was one of my favorite books in the series! I love all the others too though. My other favorites were Belle and the Beau, Josephine and the Soldier, Gwyneth and the Thief.... actually, all of them. (except I can't find Catherine and the Pirate ANYWHERE!!! it makes me so mad!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2004

    The perfect Love Story

    I loved this book. I finished it within a day because it was so good and I couldn't put it down. You would think Jesse was a mean guy, but he's the kind of guy a girl dreams of. He's sweet, kind, and nice. You would think Amelia was a perfect girl who lived by the rules, but on the inside she wanted adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    highly recommend very good reading

    a book to read if you like romance and suspence very good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2007

    A wonderful read for all those in desperate need of one

    This was one of those books you get for the heck of it, not expecting it to be all that great. Well, I was proven wrong. Just goes to show--you can't judge a book by its cover. Anyway, the book begins with the main boy character--Jesse Lawton, the outlaw, finally . . . 'getting' out of prison. After having his case reviewed by Judge Harper, Jesse is spending the last 5 years of his 10 year sentence (for robbing a back at age fourteen) at the judge's ranch. There, Jesse hopes to work of his remaining time in peace. But no such luck. Not with the Judge's pretty daughter, Amelia (16, and itching to be 17 in a week). No, Amelia seems like an all around good-girl, but don't be fooled by her devious smile and pretty blonde hair. This girl has got manipulation down. Anyway, Amelia is immediately taken by Jesse--with his soulful eyes and his (of course) handsome features. Amelia wants to get to know Jesse, but she is forbidden to be alone with him--since he's an 'outlaw' and all. But that doesn't stop Amelia. Just, there's another problem in her scheme to get to know Jesse--he doesn't want anything to do with her. Yes, he is interested in her, but he never wants to go back to prison. (honestly, who sends a 14-year-old to prison for 10 years???) Jesse will do anything to avoid prison, even ignore Amelia. But love apparently doesn't work that way, as Jesse finds Amelia carefully crushing the devensive walls around his heart that prison, and his childhood have created. Really, a very, very, very good book. I was amazed, and have read it several times have first reading it. I really recommend it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2006

    Jesse! * a babe 4 sure*

    I loved this book *i finished it in one day* I guess i related to Amelia being bound by rules and always feeling trapped in her own house while all along knowing her family loved her. And it did help that Jesse was a cutie! i've only read Anna & the Duke, and Emily & the Scott other than this one but i'm planning on reading all the Avon Romance Books. I'm hooked on love stories now!!! read this book! but read Anna & the Duke first!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2005

    One of the Best

    I've read all the Avon true romance series, this being my last. It was a very good finish to such a great adventure. I loved both points of view of Amelia and Jesse and how different they were from any other I've read. Looking for a quick, smooth read, this is a perfect book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2005

    Ties for Best Avon True Romance

    I loved this book so much that it ties Anna and the Duke as my very favorite. Jesse seemed so sweet and I felt really bad for him during the middle! I also really liked Amelia's character. Lorraine Heath didn't made her really strong and intelligent. Plus she never really acted in denile about her feelings for Jesse after the beginning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    Amelia and the Outlaw

    I really loved this. it actually was the first one i read and its been my favorite so far... not saying all the other books aren't great (becuase they are!). Ive read 6 others so i still have 5 left i just cant find them anywhere...)-:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2005

    Amelia and the Outlaw

    OMG THIS BOOK IS SOOOO CUTE AND SOOOO ROMANTIC THE AUTHOR JUST MADE THERE LOVE AND RELATIONSHIP SOOOO WELL WRITTEN AND I WANT EVERYONEEEE TO READ IT IS SOOO WOUNDERFUL, ive read a couple so far is this is by far the better one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2005

    My favorite

    This was a very good, very well-written book. it is my favorite so far in the Avon True Romance series. Jesse seems like such a wonderful person, and it is so sad to see him treated the way he is. He made a mistake when he was a kid, and he gets treated as though he were an adult at the time. Amelia sees the true Jesse, beneath what others think of him. This is a wonderful love story that I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2004

    great book

    i read this in 1 day ,,,, u simply can't put it down ...i felt sorry for jesse , but the ending was great :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2003

    i loved this book

    i read this book in less than 2 hours i loved it a reread it imdiattly well g2g love me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2003

    Amelia and the Outlaw

    This book is really romantic. It's about a daugther named, Amelia. Amelia is the daugther of a strict judge and siblings with her two overprotective big brothers. When an outlaw named, Jesse came to her house to work there...Amelia unexpectly fell in love by him. Jesse tried very hard to resist her or he will go back to prison but eventually he fell for her too. This book is kinda sad during the middle where Jesse was punished for something that he didn't do. This book is good and very romantic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2003

    Great time novel

    I thought this book was great it is one of my faviortes. I love it so much I think I read it 30 times. I love how lorraine Heath writes it was GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2003

    SOOOO GOOD!!

    This book is wonderful, and I loved Amelia's character. Jesse was so nice, and good. This book is great. Everyone should read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2003

    Great Book

    THis book is so great. Jesse was so lovable. THis one is one of the best, but none of the other Avon True Romances can compete with Anna and the Duke. THat one is the best. I wish more guys in real life were like the guys in the books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2003

    There's No Going Back...

    I thought that this book was one of the books that I really really enjoyed. I really like these Avon True Romance Novels and they're really good!!! Amelia and the Outlaw was my absolute favorite! (One reason is because my name is Amelia and I'm a cowgirl who lives on a ranch ect...) and this is kinda how my life goes. Well, except for all the outlaws and stuff like that...lol. Well, I brought this book over with me to my best friend's house, and I started to read it outloud, and we read the WHOLE book 3 times that night, and both of us really loved it!!! You cant...put this book down. Read it, enjoy, and have a happy time reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2003

    # 1 Avon True Romance!

    I thought that this book was great! It was almost as good as Anna and the Duke and is definately one of the best Avon True Romance books. I love how Amelia is so stuborn and Jesse is sweet and kind even though he is an outlaw.

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