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Beyond the Foothills (Harlequin Romance #2021)

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After the unwelcome publicity aroused by a television interview, Marilla St. John decided to retreat to the country for a while until the fuss had died down. She was not prepared for the encounter with Rufus Sinclair, a confirmed bachelor who had heard that Marilla St. John was a determined husband-hunter. How could she convince him he was wrong?
Paperback, 187 pages
Published November 1976 by Harlequin Books (first published 1976)
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Feb 13, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it
In my 14-year-old scrawl in the inside cover, I had written "1978 -My first Harlequin romance". It wouldn't be my last. In the subsequent 4+ years, I went through a pretty massive haul of these books, and kept about 15 favorites. Now, over 30 years later, I cracked open my "first" Harley and re-read it. Alot has changed in the world since 1976 when this was written (and 1978 when I first discovered it), but in its basic essentials, this romance was a darn good re-read, and better then average by ...more
Sep 20, 2015 Leona rated it liked it
Shelves: hqn-presents
ok read, but the ending was a let down.
More like 2.5 stars, but rounding to 3 because it's Essie.
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Sep 24, 2013 Fiona Marsden rated it really liked it
This is such a funny book to read considering it was written in the seventies when women's lib was still something you chose or didn't.

Marilla is interviewed for a television show and after all the other interviewees being scathing about marriage in a very fashionable way, she come out in defence of marriage. The result is that she is inundated with proposals. I kept thinking of The Farmer Wants a Wife as she fended off all these lonely and occasionally creepy farmers. Her solution was to go to
Jul 18, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of L M Montgomery books; those seeking boosk set in New Zeland
Recommended to Kathryn by: Hannah
Shelves: romance
A charming, sweet, delightful romance set in the foothill ranch country of New Zealand. How could I not love a story in which the heroine, Marilla (yes, named after the "Anne of Green Gables" character), ends up stranded after a storm on a warm, family-run ranch with place names like Lantern Hill and Rainbow Valley (ditto the LMM references), three sweet and precocious children, and their uncle--the handsome Rufus Sinclair. Only problem is, Marilla has to hide her true identity otherwise Rufus w ...more
Jun 23, 2008 Aubry rated it really liked it
I am not, traditionally, a Harlequin reader. But Essie Summers is such a great writer that I make an exception. All of her stories are set in or have to do with New Zealand, a favorite place of mine ever since a fifth grade project in elementary school. There is usually a family setting with children involved, and none of your excessive sex scenes...Essie was married to a preacher after all.
This one has to do with family history and celebrating the past...right up my alley...and I love reading
Oct 06, 2013 Tishke rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Scholarly and meticulous details about the mountains in New Zealand. You almost feel like you can touch the scenery.

This book is very clean, you won't find anyone with a throbbing members or heaving bosoms in here. It is very light and filled with humor; it focuses on marriage and domestic issues in an isolated environment. The plot is very unique and the characters both primary and secondary are fascinating.
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Dec 07, 2012 Crystal Memmott rated it it was amazing
I have read several books written by Essie Summers. I enjoy the characters that she creates and the settings that are explored in her stories. Over the years I have read many Harlequin Romance books. This is my favorite one!

I really enjoyed the New Zealand setting. I could visualize the fictional Blue Canyon, and Mount Aspiring with its ridges and mountain peaks. The homage to the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery is inspirational.

Main characters Marilla St. John and Rufus Sinclair
Feb 11, 2013 Paula rated it it was ok
Typical Essie Summers - bit of light-hearted fluff where silly girl tries to lie her way out of a situation and just buries herself deeper in it. All works out well of course.
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Essie Summers (born Ethel Snelson Summers on July 24, 1912 in Christchurch, New Zealand - d. August 27, 1998) was a New Zealand author who wrote so vividly of the people and landscape of her native country that she was offered The Order Of the British Empire for her contributions to New Zealand tourism.

Ethel Snelson Summers was born on on July 24, 1912 to a newly-emigrated couple, Ethel Snelson an
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