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Love's Haven (Steeple Hill Women's Fiction #21) [Paperback]

By Catherine Palmer (Author)
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Item description for Love's Haven (Steeple Hill Women's Fiction #21) by Catherine Palmer...

When playboy Brock Barnett offered to marry Mara Rosemond, what could she say but yes? So what if Brock had been her husband's best friend? Mara had one goal: to provide for her baby so that she wasn't subject to the poverty that Mara could remember. But as the weeks moved on, Mara had to keep telling herself that their marriage was just for convenience, but the bond that was growing between herself and Brock was getting hard to deny.

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Studio: Steeple Hill
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.4" Width: 4.1" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 31, 2007
Publisher   Steeple Hill
ISBN  0373785968  
ISBN13  9780373785964  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gary Chapman is the author of the New York Times best-seller The Five Love Languages and numerous other books. He's the director of Marriage & Family Life Consultants, Inc., and host of A Growing Marriage, a syndicated radio program heard on over 100 stations across North America. He and his wife, Karolyn, live in North Carolina.Catherine Palmer is the Christy Award-winning, CBA best-selling author of more than forty novels - including The Bachelor's Bargain - which have more than 2 million copies in print. She lives in Missouri with her husband, Tim, and two sons."

Catherine Palmer currently resides in the state of Missouri. Catherine Palmer was born in 1956.

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Light Reading  Aug 5, 2007
This was my first Catherine Palmer book and I will probably think twice before buying another one. It is a good book if you want a bit of fluffy, light reading. It would well belong to the seventies Harlequin romance books. It is shelved with Christian fiction, though not overly Christian and it is a little contrived. The hero would definitely not have to marry Mara to provide for her and her unborn child. No man in his right mind would saddle himself with a woman he didn't love and a child simply to provide for them. It is not completely believable.
Not Palmer's best  Jan 17, 2007
This book seems like an excuse for the author to write an average romance in an unrealistic setting. Basics: husband of pregnant woman dies and she blames the best friend, who is now offering her marriage out of guilt to cover her husbands debt build-up and health care and security for her unborn child. The two main characters hate each other, yet she marries him anyway. That is the setup for these two to "fall in love." The romance, the friends, even the so-called forgiveness all seemed so forced; it often made me cringe. The only reason I finished the book is because I was bored, and I breathed a sigh of relief when I closed the book. I turned right around and returned it for my money back. I was highly disappointed with Palmer and this book, because she's written some amazing books, some worth five stars. But this isn't one of them.
Worth the Read  Jul 17, 2006
Honestly, I loved the story. It was everything one could ask for in an Inspirational romance novel. There were, however, a few points with which I continue to struggle reconciling with reality. If one is able to set aside these few issues, the book is well worth reading.

First, I continue to be irked with the novel's premise that Mara & Brock had to be married for Brock to provide the assistance he promised to Mara. They wed so the wealthy Brock can provide financially for her & her unborn child, who have been left husbandless, fatherless, & penniless since the tragic death of Mara's husband, the best friend of Brock. Set in the 1800's, this premise would be more than logical. However, set in present-day, it rubs me as nothing more than a means to a beautiful love story.

Second, I have not been able to shake my husband's comment regarding the premise. He commented that it was a great, guilt-free way to get together with one's husband's best friend. Yes, I chided & corrected him, explaining the story, but the disconcerting thought has remained tucked in my mind. And my husband doesn't even have a best friend. So I'm not sure how men would take this book (or any romance novel, for that matter, I suppose).

Despite these personal issues with the story, I still remained completely enthralled from beginning to end. The characters are nicely developed, & the passion & intensity between the couple could possibly leave one breathless. Mara's struggle with accepting her husband's death & learning to love her new husband seem appropriate & well drawn out. The story is peppered with humor & insight, as well as some heart-wrenching moments. (Personally, I loved the amusing opening scene, imagining the two in the bathroom already fighting.)

Oh, how I wanted to give this 5 stars! If only I could reconcile my innate romanticism with my view of reality. Even still, I'd read it again whilst suspending disbelief.
Love's Haven  Mar 10, 2006
I enjoyed the book. It was moving and thoughtful. It's a tender story of love and security.
Light Afternoon Read  Feb 17, 2006
This was a light enjoyable read. The characters were decent and the message was good. Its not a book that you'd need to reread, but a great one to enjoy for the moment.

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