Straight for the Heart

Straight for the Heart

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by Marsha Canham
     
 

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Mysterious, devious and gorgeous, Montana Rose was known on the gambling circuit as the Queen of the Mississippi riverboats. Equally cunning and rakishly handsome, Michael Tarrington was determined to become the one man who could call her bluff.

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Mysterious, devious and gorgeous, Montana Rose was known on the gambling circuit as the Queen of the Mississippi riverboats. Equally cunning and rakishly handsome, Michael Tarrington was determined to become the one man who could call her bluff.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Her husband's death during the Civil War left Amanda Courtland a teenaged widow. Now, in the aftermath of the war, she watches her brother break his back daily in the cotton fields, trying to save their once magnificent Mississippi plantation from being repossessed by the unscrupulous Yankee, E. Forrest Wainright, to whom they owe what seems like a fortune. In desperation, genteel Amanda adopts the persona of flamboyant Montana Rose and tries to raise the necessary funds through gambling. On the brink of success, she loses all her winnings to another unscrupulous Yankee, the dashing but devilish Michael Tarrington. Now even more desperate, Amanda agrees to elope with the caddish Wainright, who promises to forgive her family's debt if she'll become his wife. But before she can, Tarrington spirits her away and makes the same offer, insisting that she'll enjoy it a lot more with him. Against her better judgment, Amanda does find Michael irresistibly attractive and consents, but North-South politics, Amanda's scheming twin sister and the villainous Wainright all create tensions and misunderstandings between the newlyweds. Canham's (In the Shadow of Midnight) latest is deftly plotted, and Amanda is sympathetic, if a bit insipid, while Michael is engagingly complex. But secondary characters are flat and stereotypical, and readers who dislike excessive violence will find the concluding chapters disturbing. (May)
Denise Perry Donavin
Alisha and Amanda Courtland, identical twins who are opposite in nature, are destined to marry within a week of one another. Alisha marries a German baron exiled to America. In her attempt to escape the frightful poverty that the Civil War has visited upon her once-wealthy, still land-proud family, she has unwittingly married someone in the same circumstances. Amanda promises to marry the weaselly carpetbagger who holds the mortgage on the family plantation, but she is rescued from that union when she elopes with a northerner whom she has only recently met. Their meeting took place aboard a riverboat where Amanda wore the disguise of Montana Rose, sultry card shark. Neither marriage is an easy one; nor is the family readily freed from the menace of the carpetbagger. Canham deals out plenty of surprising twists in her paperback historical fiction.

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ISBN-13:
9780440217862
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/1995
Pages:
439
Product dimensions:
4.16(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.19(d)

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Straight for the Heart 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
behappy906 More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite authors, once again she delivers a first rate romance not to be passed up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has over a thousand pages but i loved it! The main characters were great. The male was strong and the female was not overly strong nor weak. This was a great romance! The twist and turns were believable. I love that the author showed some of what happened in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...her books are great!
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