on February 4th 2009
Genres: Romance, Historical
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Multi-award-winning author Maggie Osborne delivers hilarious and heartrending tales of resilient women full of grit, pride, and dignity who shine through hard times. Now meet the most irresistible and independent heroine of them all, a woman called Low Down, who never had anything good happen to her until the day she asked for the one thing that only a man could give her. . . .
As scruffy and rootless as the other prospectors searching for gold in the Rockies, Low Down wanted nothing in return for nursing a raggedy bunch through the pox. But when pressed to reveal her heart's wish, she admits, "I want a baby." Not a husband, not a forced marriage to the proud man who drew the scratched marble and became honor bound to marry her. To be sure, Max McCord was easy on the eyes, but he loved another woman and dreamed of a different life. Yet they agreed to a temporary marriage that could end only in disaster. But can this strange twist of fate lead to the silver lining that both have been searching for?
5 Stars! What a pleasant surprise!
Silver Lining is the story of Low Down or Louise Downe, a woman who just wants to be one of the guys. Or rather she has to be because she is one of many prospectors searching for gold in the Rockies. When everyone around her suddenly falls ill, Low Down nurses the men through the pox. In return, they agree to grant her, her deepest wish. Low Down’s deepest most heartfelt wish is….a baby but no one volunteers for the job, so the men have a drawing. The man who has to step in for his friends and comrades is Max McCord. When the local preacher insists they marry, everything takes a turn for the worse because Max is already engaged.
Louise/Low Down is the most lovable heroine I have ever come across. She is simply amazing and the heart of this book. Without her, Silver Lining would still be great but not as amazing as it is. Louise is a vulnerable woman; at the same time, she is the strongest character I know in romance. She has seen and experienced so many horrible things but still has hope and a light in her that not only attracts the reader but eventually also Max.
Of course, I wanted Max to turn around quicker and realize what he has in Louise but Maggie Osborne did a brilliant job in keeping the situation realistic and believable. After all, Max believes himself in love with his former fiancée, Philadelphia, and he can’t fall out of love in the matter of a few days. When he does realize how wonderful his wife is, he doesn’t hesitate to show her his affection.
Silver Lining is not only a great historical romance; it enriched my reading experience and strengthened my love for romance novels. I have since read other books by Maggie Osborne and she is a brilliant author. All her books are recommendable but Silver Lining is one of those rare gems that will stay with you forever and will always be remembered.
*Originally posted 5/12*