Then Came You: A Prequel to The McPhee Clan [NOOK Book]

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When Gil Blackburn finds beautiful Maebry O'Riley in need of assistance, it's his duty to come to her aid--even if he's only pretending to be her beau and rescuing her from the unwanted advances of Lawrence Latimer. Gil's been sweet on Maebry ever since he stepped foot on the Rocking M Ranch, and his feelings are only getting stronger. When he looks at her, he sees forever. He doesn't want to pretend to be her beau. He wants the real thing.

Maebry O'Riley wishes she wasn't ...

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Then Came You: A Prequel to The McPhee Clan

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Overview

When Gil Blackburn finds beautiful Maebry O'Riley in need of assistance, it's his duty to come to her aid--even if he's only pretending to be her beau and rescuing her from the unwanted advances of Lawrence Latimer. Gil's been sweet on Maebry ever since he stepped foot on the Rocking M Ranch, and his feelings are only getting stronger. When he looks at her, he sees forever. He doesn't want to pretend to be her beau. He wants the real thing.

Maebry O'Riley wishes she wasn't carrying a torch for handsome Gil. There's something about him that makes her heart beat a lot faster. His good humor and manly, easy-going nature could capture her heart if she let it. He makes her long for a real future as his wife, but he is a dream that can never be hers. She isn't free to love anyone, even a good man like Gil.

This is a sweet historical. Approximately 40,000 words.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045430951
  • Publisher: Jillian Hart
  • Publication date: 11/11/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 9,837
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted November 21, 2013

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    Then Came You By Jillian Hart Prequel to The McPhee Clan Series

    Then Came You By Jillian Hart
    Prequel to The McPhee Clan Series
    Maebry O'Riley is a distant relative to the McPhee's. She needed to get her sister and herself out of Ireland and away from their step-dad. Even if it meant becoming an indentured servant to Maureen McPhee. The woman was a cruel taskmaster, but it was better than what she had and her sister was safe as well. She had been holding onto a secret crush for over two months now, ever since Gil Blackburn came to the Rocking M. It would always have to be her secret, she was not free to live her own life. Not for a long, long time.

    Gil Blackburn had taken notice of Maebry from the start as well. Everyone knows about her contract with Maureen, but it don't matter to him. The heart chooses who it will choose. If she would have him, that is.

    This is the beginning of the McPhee Clan books. They take place in the small town of Bluebell, Montana Territory in the 1870's. The Rocking M Ranch is run by a hard woman named Maureen McPhee. She is a nasty piece of work and one of those characters that has no redeeming qualities. She's on her deathbed and still as mean as a snake. Aumaleigh has stuck with her mother, even given up love because of her. Her sons have deserted her long ago. Welcome to the world of Bluebell. There will be many books to follow in this sweet series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2013

    Being an indentured servant is no picnic for the servant, but by

    Being an indentured servant is no picnic for the servant, but by being one, freedom can be gained. In Maebry O'Riley's case, the terms of service were doubled. Seeking a life for herself and her sister away from her cruel, lecherous stepfather, she agreed to serve the time for both of them, fourteen years, to Maureen McPhee, owner of the Rocking M Ranch in Bluebell, Montana Territory. A crueler, more strict, ungrateful taskmaster could not have possibly been found. But Maebry had her dreams. Only she would never act on them. The debt to be paid to give her the freedom to have them was too great. So she dreamed.

    Love blooms under these most impossible odds. With a future uncertain once Maureen McPhee, the owner of her indentured contract dies, Maebry tries to keep the walls around her heart tall and unscaled. Wanting to discourage unwanted attentions from Lawrence Latimer, Maebry asks Gil Blackburn, the new ranch hand, to pretend to be her beau. Secretly she wishes it was true, but from a simple crush true love really does begin to blossom. Only the remaining years on her contract is a mountain neither of them can move. Gil wants to buy it from Maureen, but she refuses to sell, wanting Maebry as unhappy as she is. Maebry refuses to start a life with Gil under the same tremendous debt that wrecked her parents' lives. Through it all, true love continues to flourish. Could their love prevail? Would Maureen's heirs release her or would they simply move her away from the ranch? Or was her future to be a lonely, heartbroken spinster?

    I loved this sweet, romantic story. Well developed characters weaved a gentle love story through a well executed plot. From the first page to the last, I was totally engrossed in every page. As I turned each page, I felt as if I was there in their romance, uncertainly, and sacrifice. I empathized and sympathized with their plight as they struggled to grow their love and resign themselves to a distant future happily ever after. The scenery was vividly written and the dialogue was engrossing.

    I would recommend to all romance readers who want a good, clean romantic story faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. This prequel to The McPhee Clan series was very well written.

    5/5 stars Could love conquer all their demons?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Loved it

    Mean old woman - they were too nice to her. Now time to kick mean old montgomery's butt.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2015

    Great read

    Love this author. Another great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2014

    Hello

    A 110 page free story of mean taskmasters, indentured servitude, and escape from abuse on a ranch in Montana. The only light spot in the story is some of the romance, and the girl even makes that a trial. She's from Ireland and has no dialect, and neither do the ranch hands???

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Then came you....very short 144 paged

    Story okay would like more story....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Good

    Liked it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    It's a cute romancestory BUT

    I agree with the other review that it is depressing. It may not sit well with my sensibilities but I think that the author does help to shine a light on womens plight in those times - that IMHO is not a reason to give this book a not so stellar review.
    Its a well written romance book set in different times, it actually makes me appreciate and be grateful for all the women who struggled for the freedom we enjoy. Now if we could only get equal pay for equal work........
    Some day there will be someone writing a book on our Times and how we struggle to get equal pay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Heart warming.

    This is such a wonderful, sweet story. Its short but with reading. Enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Maebry O'Riley lived in Ireland had to get away from her step-fa

    Maebry O'Riley lived in Ireland had to get away from her step-father but the only way was through a distant relative who would pay her way if she would work for her for seven years. Maebry accepted but also arranged for her sister to leave Ireland too. The story, written very well, takes us along Maebry's harships in the new land. However, she tried to always return kindness and a soft word when treated poorly. Would she ever find love? She was gaining on years and didn't think it would ever be possible. This book will keep your interest from beginning to the end as it shows the ever present differences in the way of life from those who 'have" and those treated harshly because they "have not.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Depressing

    Normally I really enjoy Hart's books but this one was depressing. The budding romance was not strong enough to overcome the villian in the story. In the end the mean old lady dies which gives Maebry and Gil a chance to marry, but the victory was dimmed by the fact that you just read 100 plus pages about an emotionally abused daughter who never stood up for herself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Great book

    Too short but enjoyed it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Good

    Good story with good chsracters.

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