Item description for Love's Haven (Steeple Hill Women's Fiction #21) by Catherine Palmer...
He offered her the opportunity to give her baby a life of privilege, instead of the abject poverty Mara Rosemond remembered from her own childhood. But at what cost? Brock Barnett had been her husband's best friend. Now Mara blamed the reformed playboy for her husband's death. The bond that grew between them was unimaginable -- yet undeniable -- and as Mara struggled to overcome her bitterness, she realized Brock was fighting a battle with his own emotions.
Though Mara feared forsaking her late husband's memory, she knew that for her baby the future was everything . . .
Catherine Palmer is the author of over 35 novels with more than a million copies sold and the winner of a Christy Award for outstanding Christian romance. Raised in Kenya, she now lives in Missouri with her husband and their two sons.
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Studio: Steeple Hill
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2005
Publisher Steeple Hill
ISBN 0373785380 ISBN13 9780373785384 UPC 065373012951
Availability 0 units.
More About Catherine Palmer
Gary Chapman is a counselor, the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages(R) series, and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. He travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit 5lovelanguages.com. 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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Love's Haven (Steeple Hill Women's Fiction #21)?
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.