Forget Me Not

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The terrible tragedy Alana Reeves suffered on Wyoming's Broken Mountain has vanished from her memory. Now nothing remains of those six lost days that cost her everything she held dear. But a man has appeared from the shadows of Alana's past — a rugged outdoorsman who once dwelt in a wounded heart he is now sworn to heal. Like an answered prayer, Rate Winter has come to lead Alana out of the darkness — and back to the scene of the nightmare she has erased from her mind. Alana must follow him — for in Rate's ...

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Overview

The terrible tragedy Alana Reeves suffered on Wyoming's Broken Mountain has vanished from her memory. Now nothing remains of those six lost days that cost her everything she held dear. But a man has appeared from the shadows of Alana's past — a rugged outdoorsman who once dwelt in a wounded heart he is now sworn to heal. Like an answered prayer, Rate Winter has come to lead Alana out of the darkness — and back to the scene of the nightmare she has erased from her mind. Alana must follow him — for in Rate's powerful arms her fears can be conquered, and through his love hers can be reborn.

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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times
There is no finer guarantee of outstanding romance than the name of Elizabeth Lowell.
Romantic Times
There is no finer guarantee of outstanding romance than the name of Elizabeth Lowell.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lowell's Untamed latest is packed with dramatic action and emotional upheaval, but weak characterizations mean it's still not that gripping. Popular country singer and Wyoming native Alana Reeves has been in love with Rafe Winter, her childhood neighbor, for years, but when he is pronounced dead after a dangerous Army mission in Central America, she is persuaded to marry her singing partner and move to Los Angeles to further her career. This loveless marriage comes to an abrupt end when Alana's husband is killed, and she is severely injured, during a hiking vacation in Wyoming, an episode so traumatic that Alana can't remember anything about it. After fleeing to Oregon, she is lured back to Wyoming by her brother and discovers Rafe is still alive and still in love with her after all. But whatever happened to her during the week she's forgotten has left her deeply afraid of men. Rafe is determined to help her get her memory and her desire back, and the two share some sweetly tender moments. Both protagonists are fairly cardboard, however, vessels for emotional turmoil instead of fully developed characters, which makes Forget Me Not rather forgettable. Dec.
Library Journal
Lowell's volume follows protagonist Alana Reeves, who, suffering from amnesia, must try to unravel the circumstances of her husband's death. Things get even more complicated when an earlier love, long believed dead, resurfaces. More for the romance crowd, Lindsey's title presents the tale of a beautiful woman and a handsome scoundrel in the Old West. Both of these are perfect beach reading. Severn House books can be ordered at a discount at 800-830-3044.
Library Journal
A country-western singer struggling to remember the events surrounding a camping trip that left her husband dead and her with amnesia returns to Wyoming and catches up with an old love she'd thought was dead. This emotional, angst-filled novel was originally published as a Silhouette Intimate Moments series romance in 1994.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380767595
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Series: Silhouette Intimate Moments Series , #72
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Lowell
Elizabeth Lowell's acclaimed suspense novels include the New York Times bestsellers Die in Plain Sight, Moving Target, and Running Scared, as well as the four books featuring the Donovan family, Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove, and Midnight in Ruby Bayou. Lowell has more than thirty million books in print. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, with whom she writes mystery novels under a pseudonym.

Biography

Extensive and versatile, Elizabeth Lowell's résumé of titles (in almost every genre) is as long as the list of her various pen names. She's written science fiction, mystery and romance. She's also penned historical fiction and collaborated on a movie novelization. So prolific is Lowell that she and her husband, Evan Maxwell, have had to create a whole raft of pseudonyms for her books.

Her earliest work, from the 1970s, is science fiction and is written under her actual name, Ann Maxwell. The romances she and her husband began writing together in the early '90s are under the same name, because their publisher wanted a female author’s name on the cover. Their Southern California mystery series featuring the divorced lovers Fiddler and Fiora are written under A. E. Maxwell (Ann and Evan), while their joint novelization of the 1992 Val Kilmer movie Thunderheart is under the name Lowell Charters (his middle name and her maiden name.)

Her biggest solo success, the romance novels that have taken her repeatedly to The New York Times bestseller list, are credited to Elizabeth Lowell -- a combination of the couple’s middle names.

Lowell’s romances are noted for their sass and, of course, their sex. But her characterizations, particularly, draw high marks. "Elizabeth Lowell's talent is enormous," wrote The Romance Reader in its review of 1984's Forget Me Not. "She has made a well-deserved name for herself by crafting likable, plucky heroines and enigmatic but intelligent heroes." And, in 1996 the Chicago Tribune wrote, "The protagonist she has chosen for her hardcover debut, Winter Fire could give a Navy SEAL lessons in survival."

Lowell embarked on a popular series in 1997 with the publication of Amber Beach, which introduced readers to the Donovan family, titans in the menacing world of precious gemstones who must dodge murderers, thieves, and power-hungry governments to protect their business. Of the first in the series, Kirkus Reviews wrote, "A romance that offers all the sexual tension, adventure and squishy clichés that fans of the genre could possibly want."

When Lowell was getting started as sci-fi writer Ann Maxwell, she was writing on legal pads while caring for her two young children. Evan was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, covering international crime. In the early 1980s, after he had already collaborated on three mystery novels with Lowell, Maxwell decided to quit daily journalism and write fiction full-time.

The couple has since become a cottage industry of genre fiction operating out of their Seattle-area home. They collaborate on some projects, go solo on others. Lowell has described a seven-day-a week work packed with deadlines, an organized effort that starts out with book outlines that typically take about a month to draft as well as character sketches. Then the writing begins.

"My fiction deals with problems of strength rather than problems of weakness," she told Contemporary Authors. There is no appeal or purpose for me in reading -- or writing -- fiction that portrays incessant, excruciating, and pointless pain in the lives of characters."

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Readers are surprised to find out that the books Lowell writes with her husband are true collaborations. "In fact, a lot of people, once they know, say, 'Oh, I know who did this in the book, and I know who did this,' and they're almost invariably wrong," she told the Los Angeles Times.

Two of the most intriguing time periods for Lowell are medieval England and the post-Civil War period in the American West. "In both cases it was a time of expanded possibilities for individuals, regardless of birth or heritage, to create a better life and, ultimately, a better world, from chaos," she told Contemporary Authors.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Ann Maxwell; A .E. Maxwell; Annalise Sun; Lowell Charters
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 5, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    1. Education:
      B. A., University of California, 1966

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Chapter One

When The Phone Rang, Alana was almost relieved. Though it was before dawn, she was wide awake. Since she had come back from Broken Mountain, she had slept very little, and never peacefully.

Kicking aside the tangled sheets, Alana turned toward the phone. It was too early for anyone she knew on the West Coast to be up and about. That meant it was probably her brother in Wyoming calling to see how she was.

Calling to see if she remembered what had happened on Broken Mountain.

"Hello," Alana said, keeping her voice steady with an effort.

"Sis? Is that you?"

"Hi, Bob. How's Merry?"

"Counting the weeks until February," said Bob, laughing. "If she gets much bigger, well have to put her in a stall with the brood mares."

Alana smiled at the thought of petite, blond Merry tucked into one of the heated stalls Bob kept for his prize mares.

"Better not let Merry hear you say that," Alana warned.

"Hell, it was her idea." Bob paused, then said, "Sis?"

Alane's hand tightened on the phone. She had heard that tone before, little brother to big sister, a smile and affectionate wheedling.

He wanted something from her.

"When are you coming home?" Bob asked bluntly.

Alana's heart began to beat too fast. She. didn't know how to tell her brother that she was frightened by the thought of returning to the ranch where Broken Mountain rose steeply, mantled in ice and darkness.

Before her last tripto Broken Mountain, Alana had loved the ranch, the mountains, the silence, the heights, and the clouds swirling overhead. She had loved the memories of Rafael Winter — Rafe reflected in everylake, every fragrant forest, sunsets and sunrises sweeping across the land like fire, the wind's keening harmonies echoing the music Rafe had made on his harmonica.

Alana had come to love the land even more because she and Rafe had been part of it, lovers suspended between sky and mountains, more beautiful than either, timeless, burning with the sun.

But now those mountains terrified Alana.

Now the memories of Rafe were a brittle, cutting armor that she pulled around her like the colors of dawn, hoping to drive away the horror and darkness that crawled up out of the abyss of those six missing days.

"I don't — " Alana began.

Her brother interrupted before she could refuse.

"I've already talked to your agent," Bob said cheerfully. "He told me you've refused to accept any concerts and won't even took at the songs he sends to you."

"Yes, but — "

Bob kept talking.

"So don't tell me how busy you are," he said. "If you're writing songs again, you can write them just as well here. Better. You always did your best work here."

With a conscious effort, Alana loosened her grip on the phone. She had no more excuses, so she said nothing.

"Sis? I need you here."

"'Bob, I don't think — " Alana began.

Then her voice broke.

"Don't say no," Bob said urgently. "You don't even know what I want yet."

And you don't know what I want, Alana thought rebelliously. You've never even asked if I want something.

The words went no further than Alana's thoughts, a silent cry of need. Yet even as the cry echoed in her mind, she recognized its unfairness.

What she needed, Bob couldn't provide. She needed warmth and reassurance, safety and a man's hard strength standing between her and the abyss, protecting her until she knew what had happened and could protect herself once more.

She needed love waiting instead of terror. She needed a dream to banish a nightmare.

She needed Rafael Winter.

But Rafe was just a dream. The nightmare was real.

With a deep breath, Alana gathered herself and set about living in her new world just as she always had lived. Alone, depending only on herself.

She had done this many times before, the deep breath and the determination to do the best she could with what she had, no matter how little that seemed to be when the nightmare descended like a storm.

'"What do you want?" Alana asked softly.

"You know cash has always been a problem with the ranch," Bob said quickly. "Land poor, as they say. Well, Merry and I had this idea for a classy — and I mean classy — dude operation. High-country fishing safaris for people who can pay high prices."'

Alana made a neutral sound.

"We had it all planned, all fined up, all our ducks in a row," Bob said. "Our first two customers are very exclusive travel agents. Their clientele list reads like Who's Who. Everything was going great for us, and then..."

"And then?" Alana prompted.

"Merry got pregnant," Bob said simply. "I mean, we're both happy, we've been trying for two years, but..."

"But what?"

"'Dr. Gene says Merry can't go on the pack trip."

"'Is that a problem?"

"Hell, yes. She was going to be our cook and entertainer and general soother, take the rough edges off. You know what I mean, sis."

"Yes. I know."

It was the same role Alana had played in the family since she was thirteen and her mother died, leaving behind three boys, a devastated husband, and a daughter who had to grow up very quickly. That was when Alana had learned about reaching down into herself for the smile and the touch and the comfort that the people around her needed. She had rebuilt the shattered family as best she could, for she, too, needed the haven and the laughter and the warmth.

"It will really be more like time off than a job," coaxed Bob.

Alana heard the coaxing, but it didn't move her nearly as much as the disturbing thread of urgency beneath the soft tone...

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Not one of her better books!

    Her other books are better,spend your time reading one of those. Only series is very good also the Donavin series is very good.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    Over dramatic & Mawkish!

    I usually like Elizabeth Lowell's novels but now and then, a few slip in that are disappointingly under par. Forget Me Not is one of those for me. I could've made it a drinking game for every time the words "nightmare", "dream", "fear" appeared on pages! Good grief, the novel just dribbled on and on with over dramatic anguish and emotions. I don't recommend at all.

    Laural Merlington, again, does a good job with her reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2002

    not again!!!

    it wasn't a bad book, but the whole amnesia thing gets a little old after reading about a gazilion other books where the sweet, traumatized, and usually famous heroine forgets some tragic incident and the hunky, protective hero makes it his duty to help her out. it seems that every author has to use this trite ploy in at least one of his or her books. i mean, have you ever actually met someone with amnesia? i know i haven't. an original plot would be greatly appreciated.

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