Disguised Blessing [NOOK Book]

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Silver Linings

After years of being alone, Catherine Miller thinks she's finally found happiness. Engaged to an adoring, successful executive, she lives in a luxurious house, and her beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter, Linda, is on the brink of college and adulthood. Then, Catherine's rose-colored world is shattered. Her daughter is burned terribly in a freak accident, and just when Catherine needs him most, her fiancé abandons her. Now Catherine must call on every ounce of ...

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Overview

Silver Linings

After years of being alone, Catherine Miller thinks she's finally found happiness. Engaged to an adoring, successful executive, she lives in a luxurious house, and her beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter, Linda, is on the brink of college and adulthood. Then, Catherine's rose-colored world is shattered. Her daughter is burned terribly in a freak accident, and just when Catherine needs him most, her fiancé abandons her. Now Catherine must call on every ounce of courage and strength she has to help her beloved daughter recover. Fortunately, she's got help in fire captain Rick Sawyer, an expert burn counselor. Ruggedly handsome, appealingly down-to-earth, Rick is like no man Catherine has ever met. But Catherine made the wrong choice before. How can she trust her emotions--especially when it's not just her heart at stake but her daughter's life, too?

In the tradition of Barbara Delinsky comes this poignant, moving story of the bonds of family, the strength of love, and the courage to dare.

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Editorial Reviews

Jill M. Smith
There is a reason why Georgia Bockoven is such a beloved and best- selling author. She writes stories that grip you, heart and soul. Disguised Blessing is marvelous!
Romantic Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When a teenager suffers serious burns--the disguised blessing of the title--her scars prove to be a catalyst in transforming her and her mother's materialistic lives. Catherine Miller is planning her wedding to social-climbing Tom Adams when her 15-year-old daughter, Lynda, is accidentally burned at a barbecue. Hospitalized, Lynda must deal with pain, scarring and the mixed reactions of her friends. Tom's unsupportive attitude reveals his true character to Catherine--especially in contrast to the sterling qualities of Lynda's burn counselor Rick Sawyer, a Sacramento, Calif., fire captain--and she breaks off their engagement. The story of Lynda's healing is interlaced with Catherine's growing financial problems and her need to come to terms with her feelings for Rick, a man from a very different background than Tom. Bockoven (Things Remembered) subtly creates believable characters as she weaves a quietly involving tale that should please fans of mainstream romance. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062031273
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 16,090
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Georgia Bockoven is an award-winning author who began writing fiction after a successful career as a freelance journalist and photographer. Her books have sold more than four million copies worldwide. The mother of two, she resides in Northern California with her husband, John.

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Chapter One



Catherine Miller stood at the cabin's kitchen window and watched a squirrel stretch from one branch of a fir tree to the next in an effort to reach the bird feeder she'd put up less than an hour ago. On the dock, a Steller's jay sat on a pillar, its head cocked to one side, intently eyeing the unfolding scene.

Abruptly, as if everything had been choreographed and timed, the feeder tipped, the jay took off to capture the spilled prize, and Tom Adams came up behind her to slip his arms around her waist. He pulled her against his chest, fitting her back and buttocks into his long torso. His breath hot and moist against her ear, he whispered the plans he'd made for later when they were alone. Catherine caught her breath at her body's immediate, powerful response.

Tom Adams could do more to arouse her with words than Jack had managed with his peculiar brand of foreplay during their entire marriage. Feeling a familiar guilt at their intimate display, Catherine sent a furtive glance in her daughter's direction. Thankfully, as usual, Lynda was caught up in her compulsive need to be in touch with the members of her own fifteen-year-old world, and was as oblivious to them as she was to the suitcase she'd promised to take to her room and unpack an hour ago.

"We really need to be more careful when Lynda is around," she reminded him. Tom could be led, but balked at being pushed. She maneuvered out of his arms, took his hand, and moved to the far side of the kitchen.

Tom followed, caught Catherine, and pulled her into his arms again. "Stop worrying. I made sure she wasn't looking. I always do." He kissed the base of her throat, thenher mouth, touching and tasting her lips with his tongue before leaning back and grinning seductively. "Besides, what we're doing isn't anything she hasn't seen already or doesn't imagine. She's a lot more savvy about what goes on between us than you want to think she is."

"Even if that's true, I'd rather leave it to, her imagination than lay it out for her."

At that he held up his arms in surrender. "Whatever you say."

"Please don't do that." She put a conciliatory hand on his chest. "Let's not spoil the day by fighting."

He took another step backward, leaving her hand suspended in air. "Who's fighting? I'm simply giving you what you want."

She knew if she didn't do something to smooth things over they really would get into an argument.

She'd put too much work into arranging this vacation for the three of them to let that happen. She wanted this to be a time to look back on and reminisce about, a memory that would get better and better with each telling. She had her camera and five rolls of film, and the determination to see that every shot was a memorable one. She even had the album ready—one she'd found at a card shop that had FAMILY PHOTOS stamped in gold on the green leather cover.

Before Catherine could find the words to appease Tom, Lynda hung up and came into the kitchen. She took a bottle of water out of the refrigerator, studied her mother as she opened it, and asked, "Are you mad at me about something?"

Lynda had uncanny perceptions; but in typical teenage fashion, she invariably believed herself to be the source of any conflict. "What makes you think that?"

"You look like you're upset." She started to take a drink and paused. "You're not thinking of changing your mind about letting me go to the party, are you?"

"No. But I don't want you making any more plans this week without checking with me first."

"By 'making plans,' would that mean inviting Patty to go bicycling with us tomorrow?"

"Oh, Lynda, you didn't." Lynda's friends were the veins she needed to supply her with social oxygen. She collected them wherever she went, like seashells and pinecones, with a natural, uncomplicated ease.

"I thought you liked Patty."

"I do, but this vacation was supposed to be just the three of us doing things together."

"We've got the rest of our lives to do things together," Tom said as he put his arm around Lynda's shoulders and gave her a quick hug. Lynda only has one summer to be fifteen. She should be with her friends."

Catherine was stunned. And angry Tom knew how much this vacation meant to her. Now, with the two of them lined up against her, she didn't stand a chance. "We'll talk about this later."

"Does that mean it's okay about Patty?" Lynda asked.

"Do I have a choice?"

"No . . ." Lynda grinned, breaking the tension between them. "But I'd like you to think you do."

They were Catherine's own words, ones she'd used in a half dozen disagreements they'd had that past month. "I'm going to give you this one, but no more commitments without checking with me first, okay?"

"Okay."

"Promise?"

"Cross my heart."

"What time is Brian going to pick you up?"

"Twelve thirty."

Catherine glanced at the dock on the microwave. They'd been there less than an hour and Lynda had already made two dates to be with friends. "How did he even know you were here?"

"He saw us drive in."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2000

    Two Thumbs Up

    Ever dread finishing a book because you just know the next one you start won't come anywhere near to being as good? This was how I felt when I read the last page of Disguised Blessing. <P>Before this, I'd read and enjoyed The Beach House, but Ms. Bockoven's latest surpasses that. I read the book in one sitting, not wanting to have to put it aside for the night to find out how it ended. The dialogue is convincing and the characters totally sympathetic and in one spot I was in tears. <P>Ms. Bockoven does an admriable job of showing that us while life may be horribly unfair, with love and hope the score can be evened. <P>I urge anyone who wants an uplifting book to read to put this one your To Buy list. As for me, I'm off to hunt up the author's backlist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2000

    Another heartwarming book focusing on relationships

    I love Georgia Bockoven's books and always look forward to the next one. Her books always focus on family and other close relationships, and capture my interest and attention from the very first chapter. It was interesting to read about the life of a firefighter, burn victims, and all of the things we think could never happen to us. I learned alot, as well as enjoyed getting to know each character. Georgia's books always leave me dreading the end and wanting to know more about the characters she has created. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any one who enjoys reading contemporary romance novels. Catherine, Lynda, Rick and all of the rest of the characters became a part of my life for a short period of time. I look forward to Georgia's next novel.

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    wonderful contemporary relationship drama

    Catherine Miller feels good about the world as she vacations with her beloved teenage daughter Lynda and her beau Tom Adams. Adding to her feeling of euphoria is that Tom and Lynda seem to get on so well together. However, her idyllic world crashes down around her when Lynda is badly burned during a party and is flown to a Sacramento hospital for emergency treatment. Tom fails to be there for the distraught Catherine and unceremoniously hides from the woman who badly needs his support. <P>Local firefighter Rick Sawyer works closely with burn victims, making sure they receive the needed emotional support to surmount the trauma. As he works with Lynda, the duo hits it off as if they are old buddies. He also falls in love with Catherine, who is weary because her first two choices in males (Lynda¿s father and Tom) let down both herself and her daughter when they needed them. <P>DISGUISED BLESSING is a wonderful contemporary relationship drama that will enthrall readers with its message of hope. The plot centers on everyone¿s reactions to Lynda¿s trauma. All the charcaters are fully developed so that their motives and actions toward Lynda feels genuine. The lead couple makes a fine pair, but Lynda¿s plight steals the show, as the audience wants her to fully recover. Georgia Bockoven knows how to pull the strings of her audience and this novel is a virtuoso performance. <P>Harriet Klausner

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