Mass Market Paperbound
368 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.2 in
June 1, 1993
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0671737554
ISBN - 13: 9780671737559
Read from the Book
Chapter OneSan Francisco1866Lydia McQuire was desperately hungry, and a night's piano playing had earned her enough for a bed at Miss Killgoran's boardinghouse or a meal, but not both. She squinted to read the bill affixed to the wall outside the supper club, her blue eyes still stinging from the dense cigar smoke within.WANTED: ONE WIFE FOR A GOOD,SOBER, AND PROSPEROUS MAN.CONTACT DEVON QUADE,ROOM 4, THE FEDERAL HOTELLydia sighed. The Federal Hotel was just a few blocks from where she stood, yet it might as well have been in another world. There, people slept on crisp linen sheets, drank hot, strong tea with all the milk and sugar they could want, ate full meals without first examining the fare for mold and weevils. Perhaps if she went to see this Devon Quade, he would offer her some small refreshment during the interview -- coffee and rolls, perhaps. Even that sounded like a feast to Lydia, who hadn't eaten since the day before, when a kindly bartender had given her two hard-boiled eggs that had somehow been overlooked in the mad scramble of hungry, thirsty patrons.She started automatically toward the hotel, picking up speed as she walked. It was dawn, and there were only a few carriages and wagons in the brick-laid streets; a Chinaman wearing a round, pointed hat, his trousers and shirt made of black silk, hurried along on the opposite sidewalk. A policeman strolled his beat, looking bored and weary, his nightstick making a clunk sound against each lamp post he passed.It o
From the Publisher
When a pretty spitfire who's down on her luck clashes with a stubborn man in search of a wife, sparks must turn to flames....
A year after the Civil War, courageous former Union nurse Lydia McQuire was gamely scraping out an honest living. But now, as she said yes to marrying a stranger, her knees gave way with fear. Mr. Devon Quade had seemed polite and handsome when she answered his ad for a wife. Only after Lydia had arrived in Washington territory did she learn that her bridegroom wasn't to be sweet Devon Quade, but his older brother Brigham, a widower with strapping shoulders, hands as strong as steel, and an arrogant belief that he was lord and master of his lumber empire, the town of Quade's Harbor, and the woman he married. Lydia's dislike of him was instantaneous...yet Brigham was awakening in her a white-hot passion, and a firm resolve: before she would share his bed, he would have to surrender himself, heart and soul, to love....
About the Author
Linda Lael Miller Linda Miller was born in Spokane, Washington and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She began writing when she was ten years old after a teacher praised her for a story she had written. Through a correspondence course, she sold over thirty stories to magazines like "True Confessions" and "True Romance." Her dream was to write books and she sold her first two novels in 1983, "Fletcher's Woman,"which made the best sellers list. Her first hardcover novel was "Pirates" (1995) followed by "Knights" (1996).
From Our Editors
Wonderful characters, daring plot twists, and a sassy, delicious romance make this new novel from Miller, named by Romantic Times as "The Most Outstanding Writer of Sensual Romance", absolutely irresistible entertainment. Former Union nurse Lydia McQuire and Washington Territory widower Brigham Quade disagree about everything but desire--and sparks eventually turn to flames. Original