A Family of Her Own (Dundee, Idaho Series)

A Family of Her Own (Dundee, Idaho Series)

by Brenda Novak

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ISBN-13: 9781426836688
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Series: A Dundee, Idaho, Book
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 40,454
File size: 562 KB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has penned over 45 novels. A two-time Rita nominee, she's won The National Reader's Choice, The Bookseller's Best, The Bookbuyer's Best and many other awards. She runs an annual online auction for diabetes research every May at www.brendanovak.com. To date, she’s raised over $2 million. Brenda considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life.

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A Family Of Her Own

By Brenda Novak

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2004 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-373-71195-6

Chapter One

BOOKER ROBINSON SAT IN his truck at ten o'clock on a warm Thursday night, staring at the small rental house where Katie Rogers lived and telling himself he was crazy to even be here. He wasn't the type to ask for anything. He'd made it a habit never to need anyone. He'd learned as a child that showing vulnerability was never rewarded.

But he'd heard that Katie and Andy Bray were almost engaged, that she was going to leave town with Andy soon. And he knew if she did, she'd be making a big mistake. Andy wouldn't take care of her the way he would. Andy wouldn't love her as he did. Andy loved only himself.

Taking a deep breath, Booker cut the engine, got out and walked up the driveway. He'd hoped Katie would come back to him on her own. For a few short weeks, they'd shared something that was heady, powerful and very mutual. He was sure she felt everything he did. But her family and most of her friends had convinced her she'd be ruining her life by taking a risk on someone like him, a man with a criminal past and not much of a future. And now she was running scared and on the verge of marrying someone else.

She might end up marrying Andy, Booker told himself, but she wasn't going to do it without at least knowing how he felt about her. He lived with enough regrets already....

It took several minutes for someone to answer his knock. When the door finally opened, Katie's best friend, Wanda, peered out at him.

"Oh ... uh ... hi, Booker."

He could tell she was nervous about seeing him, so he didn't bother with small talk. Wanda was one of the people telling Katie that he'd never amount to anything. "Is she home?" he asked, not bothering to specify Katie by name because they both knew who "she" was.

"Um ... I don't think -"

He broke in before she could finish. "I saw her pull into the garage from the end of the street."

"Right." She chuckled self-consciously. "I wasn't sure if she actually came in or not, but she must have if you saw her. Just a minute."

While he waited, Booker's pulse raced. He'd never laid his heart open to a woman before, and he wasn't sure where to start now. He hadn't let himself love many people.

You're a fool for even trying, you know that, don't you? Who are you to say you're any better than Andy? At least Andy comes from a good family and has a college degree. What do you have to offer?

He almost turned to leave, but then Katie appeared at the door.

"Booker?" She sounded surprised to see him. He'd known she would be. He hadn't contacted her since they'd had that big argument several weeks ago - when she'd told him it was over between them, that she wanted to start seeing Andy, and he'd thought he could let her go.

He took a deep breath. "Can we talk?"

"I don't think so," she replied. "There's really nothing to say."

"You're making a mistake, Katie."

"You don't know that."

Maybe he didn't know it. But he felt it. Letting her marry anyone else was a mistake. It had taken him nearly thirty years to fall in love, but the hell of living without Katie for the past few weeks had left little doubt in his mind that he was there now. "What we had was good."

"I - I can't argue with that, but ..." She tucked her long blond hair behind her ears in a nervous gesture and glanced over her shoulder. "I'm sorry. I've already made up my mind."

The expression in her large blue eyes was tortured. He could tell that she was torn between what she thought and felt and what others were telling her. He knew she was afraid of what he'd once been. He wouldn't want a daughter of his to marry an ex-con, either. But he couldn't change his past. He could only change his future....

"Katie ..." Reaching out, he ran a finger along her jaw. The contact made him yearn to hold her, and she seemed to feel something similar. She closed her eyes and pressed her cheek into the palm of his hand as though she was dying for his touch. "You still care about me," he murmured. "I can tell. Come back to me."

Tears glittered in her eyelashes, reflecting the porch light. "No," she said, suddenly pushing his hand away. "Don't confuse me. Andy tells me I'll feel differently after a few months away from here. We're going to get married, have a family -"

"But you don't love Andy," Booker said. "I can't even imagine you with that self-serving yuppie."

"He's a nice guy, Booker."

"Why? Because he helped you raise the money to replace that old floor at the Elks Club?"

"That was no small thing. Without him, I probably wouldn't have been able to start my singles club for seniors."

"He only did it to impress you. Can't you see that?"

"Booker, I don't want to argue about Andy. I'm trying to make a good decision for my future, and yours, too. I've got to go -"

"Marry me, Katie," he said suddenly, passionately. "I know I can make you happy."

Her eyes widened, and two tears slipped down her cheeks. "Booker, I can't. You're not ready to be tied down by a wife and family. You love your freedom too much. I knew that when we first started seeing each other."

"Katie, maybe it wouldn't have come to this quite so soon if -"

"I'm sorry, Booker. I've got to go." The door closed in his face. When she drove the bolt home, he knew he'd lost her.


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A Family of Her Own (Dundee, Idaho Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Two years ago, Katie Rogers and Andy Bray left Dundee, Idaho together with hopes for the future in San Francisco. Now Katie comes home tired, disillusioned about life especially men, feeling like a loser, and pregnant. Her parents refuse to take her back as they feel she made her bed................................. Two years ago, Booker Robinson pleaded with Katie not to leave with Andy as he loved her. She felt the ex-con was not ready for marriage and family while Andy who was of good family came through for her with her senior citizen project. While Katie found Andy¿s self adulation overwhelming, Booker establishes a successful automobile repair business. Though he does not want to see the woman he still loves, Booker provides her a place to stay. As they become reacquainted with one another, their affection resurfaces, but she broke his heart and Andy destroyed her trust in people so love may prove futile especially when you factor in that it is Andy¿s child she carries.................................. A FAMILY OF HER OWN is an entertaining contemporary romance starring two walking wounded individuals and a sold support cast. A bit of police a procedural adds tension between the lead duo, but seems unnecessary as they carry enough scarred history to cover the tale. The ¿I told you so¿ attitude of her parents feels harsh especially since she is carrying their grandchild and readers will understand why as that augments a fine second chance at love story............................. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great story by best selling author Brenda Novak. I look forward to reading more about the people of Dundee, Idaho. The love and friendships made it difficult to put the book down. I look forward to a followup in the lives of Mike and Lucky and other family members. The relationship between the Hill brothers was amazing. LA-TXN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book quick read love the way the author keeps us up to date with the other charcters from the other books in series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story right here, im not really a reader but when I saw this book and i read the over view and i was amazed what the story was about. SHe got kicked out of her own parents house, couldn't really get a job. She had help from an old friend name Booker Robinson and he was in love with Katie but she couldn't really see that. Booker really loved Katie but Kaite was about to get engaged to Andy Bray. But Katie know she wants Booker but she's listening to everyone around her instead of herself or her heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never read a Harlequin Romance novel. I remember my Grandmother reading them years ago when I was a little girl. A friend brought this to me to read and I thought what in the world? I was HOOKED from the first page. It was a GREAT book and such a quick read. Just didn't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! I am enjoying the Dundee books!
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This book kept me glued to the couch for 24 hours! Loved it
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Sheilag2367 More than 1 year ago
Another excellent story from Ms. Novak......her books are so real, her dialogue so spot on and her emotions so well written that I laugh, cry, gasp and groan and if not reading alone I get a few peculiar looks from those around me. Can't go wrong choosing a Brenda Novak book!
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angeloncall More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Brenda Novak and I could not put it down!!!. She writes with alot of heart and soul. I LOVED this book and went on to read the rest of the Dundee Idaho series. I have read EVERY book by her now. I love her writing...she is my favorite author now!
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Very good . Sure enjoyed it
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i dont usally like to read but for some reason i picked this book up and started reading it i couldnt put down so now i am very intersted in what other book you have wrot and if thier is any simlier to this one?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
read all the Dundee, Idaho series