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Douglass Esmeralda Sullivan has just discovered that all men are gutter rats, all except for her six half-Irish, half-Mexican brothers, and sometimes she's not so sure about them. She's sitting in the middle of a dusty road on a hot Texas day, fuming because she's made a horrible mistake concerning Raymond Pierce, a despicable Yankee, one who has led her down the daisy path to destruction. She has no doubts her folks and her brothers would put her in a convent for the rest of her life for her rash misjudgment, ...

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Douglass Esmeralda Sullivan has just discovered that all men are gutter rats, all except for her six half-Irish, half-Mexican brothers, and sometimes she's not so sure about them. She's sitting in the middle of a dusty road on a hot Texas day, fuming because she's made a horrible mistake concerning Raymond Pierce, a despicable Yankee, one who has led her down the daisy path to destruction. She has no doubts her folks and her brothers would put her in a convent for the rest of her life for her rash misjudgment, but dang it all, it was her choice to show him who was boss. Little did she know that the choice would determine her destiny.

Monroe Hamilton is on his way home from a year in Galveston, Texas where he's been assigned to help with the reconstruction of Texas after the Civil War. He's been to the big circus called war and had seen the big elephant called life. His heart is so hardened and scarred, it is impossible for him to foresee a love in his future. He has made up his mind that he will be a bachelor for the rest of his life and that Love's Valley, Pennsylvania will be his love.

Then, out of nowhere, he sees an exotic-looking, beautiful woman sitting right in the middle of the road. It's his choice to play a knight in shining armor and rescue the helpless, pretty lady. Little does he know that this choice would determine his destiny.

The war might have split the country in two, but it didn't make rascals of all its men. Guided by his conscience, Monroe chooses to escort the lady to the nearest town. Guided by a desire to avoid a life of prayers and meditation, Douglass chooses to lie.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781477811177
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance
  • Publication date: 12/18/2012
  • Series: Love's Valley Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, three grown children, and enough grandchildren to keep her young. When she’s not scrambling to meet writing deadlines, she enjoys walking through her husband’s flower gardens. Her novel Love Drunk Cowboy is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, Getting Lucky was a Romance Studio CAPA nominee, and The Ladies’ Room was a RITA Finalist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2009

    Author Gives the Story of Job a Modern Twist

    Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes."

    Author W. Granville Brown has taken that sentiment, plugged it into a modern-day retelling of the Biblical story of Job, to produce a parable with a contemporary twist.

    Brown's book is a story of love, faith, secrets, lies and fate. Anyone whose faith has ever been challenged, who has faced temptation or triumphed over adversity will find a connection to this book.

    Enter the world of Trey and Andrea Edwards and you will find a deep love for one another as well as a deep mistrust. Unaware of this mistrust, they find a rift they do not understand deepening between them. Neither of them is aware that they are being toyed with. The powers that be are using them in a timeless struggle between wrong and right, freewill and fate.

    Setting temptation in their path, good versus evil sit back to watch and see whether this family can withstand the path they have been set upon. With their interests being divided, secrets causing a chasm between them and their financial future in the balance, their faith is tested and their family is in turmoil.

    "While her husband drove around the city, Andrea was at home driving herself crazy," wrote Brown. "She was walking a marathon around their bedroom. The images of what happened between her and the Pastor flashed across her mind. With every scene, it took all of her will power not to scream or pound her fist into anything in front of her. Every time guilt entered her heart, anger jumped in as well. Her emotions were running wild and out of control."

    Roadblocks are thrown in their path. Infidelity, lies, heartache, and despair follow. Their faith is tested in unimaginable ways. Trey, whose faith has been unsure, finds solace in the church, and Andrea, whose faith has always been strong, finds herself shaken to the core by the actions of her pastor.

    "Afterward, Andrea staggered from the church lost in a fog of guilt, shame and confusion," wrote Brown. "The fact that a man she thought could be trusted had done what he'd done in a house of worship caused her to lose the contents of her stomach in the empty parking lot."

    Andrea and Trey are lost in their world of mistrust and deceit and it looks like their marriage will not survive. Financial disaster is looming and it looks like all secrets are about to burst out into the open. The kindness and generosity of a benefactor saves them from financial ruin, but at a heavy cost. Even with financial worries taken care of, the secrets and lies are still pulling the family apart.

    Many lives are affected by the battle for Trey and Andrea's fate. Their friends experience their own ups and downs. One friend finds a new life, one finds a dream come true, and one pays the heaviest price of all. In the end, it is an act of free will that determines what happens to Trey and Andrea and their young family.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    A writer to watch.

    I read the book along with my reader's club. It's a good story, told in a simplistic manner that allows the reader to get a message without feeling preached to. Well done. Not to give anything away, but I'm certain that one characters action will touch some nerves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2009

    Great book

    Wonderful read with a terrific message that left me wanting more.

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