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Standing on Stolen Ground (Brides of the Blue Ridge #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The year is 1934. In the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia, Lila Bruce, marries handsome Joe Jennings, a man she has loved since she was a young girl.

He’s made it clear to her that this is a marriage of convenience, but she still has hopes that she can somehow make him love her. Their lovemaking is passionate and steamy, right from the start, but can she connect with his h
ebook, 173 pages
Published July 18th 2011 by Secret Cravings Publishing (first published 2011)
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Lila Bruce, twenty-eight years old and never been married, has just had her first offer. She would have liked flowers and avowals of love. Still, Joe Jennings is handsome and Lila has loved him forever. For Joe this is a marriage of convenience. His first wife Annie, and Lila's best friend died nine months ago during childbirth and now Joe is desperate for a wife to be mother to his baby daughter Susie.

Despite its short length, this novel manages to pack in quite a bit. Set against the poli
Becky Condit
This is a story set in Virginia during the Great Depression. It tells of the development of the national park system and an impoverished couple trying to make a life together in spite of the fact that the husband can’t forget his beloved first wife. Add in to the mix a series of seemingly unrelated murders. Plus there is sex in Standing on Stolen Ground that it is sweet, urgent, and passionate.

Ms. Westbrook deftly weaves the plotlines together into one intriguing tale. I find no fault with this
Jul 17, 2011 SheLove2Read rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of american historical romance, fans of romance set in early 1900's
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1934 in the mountains of Virginia is a hard time. It is even harder for two people who come together, for different reasons, during a time of great upheaval in the area.

Lila Bruce has always loved Joe Jennings from afar, but he was her best friends husband and off limits. Finding herself in the impossible situation of being asked to step in as second wife and surrogate mother when Joe's beloved wife dies, the "old maid" in Lila (as she's known throughout the county) agrees to a marriage of conve
Romancing the Book
Reviewer: Angie
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Angie's review was first posted at Romancing the Book's blog.

I requested to read this as I am a sucker for historical romances, especially if they are set in the days before electricity. There’s something about having the freedom to do what you want with whatever is at your fingertips that makes me wonder why I wasn’t born in the days of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Er, so anyway!

I loved Lila right from the start. She’s spunky, smart, stubborn, and a little bit defiant t
If you like a taste of history, a good romance and a mystery, read it. the characters are strong and the story entertaining.
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Barbara is married and the mother of four children. She has a degree in English and currently teaches literature and writing. In addition to writing, she loves to travel and paint in oils and acylics. Her favorite reads are Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance and Romantic Suspense! Her novel, Standing on Stolen Ground is a unique combination of all these genres.
Born in Virginia, Barbara heard s
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