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Stand-In Wife (Those Manning Men #2)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  510 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Paul Manning, a grieving widower with three small children, turns to Leah Baker for help and comfort. When that comfort begins to grow into something else, Paul discovers that he wants more than a Stand-In Wife.
ebook, 400 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Harlequin Mira (first published March 10th 1992)
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Leah and Diane are sisters and have always been close. With no other family they have always been there for each other. Diane is married to Paul and has cute twin boys. When she finds out she is pregnant her husband and her are elated. After the birth of their 3rd child Diane dies after childbirth. Diane convinced her sister would have done anything if their situations were reversed she does everything to help Paul and his three children. After 6 months after Diane's death she decides she should ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Sweet Contemporary Romance
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Stand-In Wife is another gentle contemporary romance in Debbie Macomber's Those Manning Men series. As with the other Manning books so far, this novel didn't have a very involved plotline, but overall, it was sweet and enjoyable. In this one, Paul Manning is suddenly widowed when his wife dies of complications following childbirth. She leaves him with young twin sons and a newborn baby girl to raise. With the multiples stresses of child care, home care, his job, and griev
Debbie Heaton
In Macomber’s romance novel, widower Paul Manning is shattered following the death of his wife. Left to raise their three young children alone, he struggles to come to terms with his grief. When Leah Baker enters his life, he seeks both help and comfort from her. But when that comfort blossoms into something more, Paul believes that Leah will complete their family. Leah is hesitant but Paul is determined to find a way to make her see that they belong together.

Heartfelt and tender story.

Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Paul Manning tidak menyangka bahwa Diane, istrinya, akan meninggal begitu cepat setelah melahirkan anak ketiga mereka. Dalam masa sedihnya, Leah, kakak Diane, selalu mendampingi Paul sampai pada akhirnya Leah memutuskan bahwa yang terbaik adalah Leah tinggal di rumah Paul untuk mengurus ketiga anaknya yang masih balita. Kebaikan dan kasih sayang Leah akhirnya membuat Paul menyadari kehadiran Leah dan mulai memperhatikannya lalu jatuh cinta. sehingga ketika orangtua Paul menyarankan agar keduanya ...more
Let's just say... I loved the twins and Paul... Leah was too good to be true... and miscommunication was always from her side... Paul was quite straightforward while Leah was shy and secretive

I would have loved if they had explored their relationship even more...
Melissa Nelson
Great book your such an amazing writer
I just like the stories that Debbie writes and this is just another interesting one.
Dear Karyn,

There is a reason you don't read books like these - you don't like them and they make you want to either slap someone(s) in the book or pull your hair out. The next time you want to read another one of these books, just slap yourself instead and save yourself the time.

Patricia Solla
This Manning brother book involves a brother who has lost his wife and is coping with raising his children. He has the help of his parents and sister-in-law. The fun begins when the sister-in-law moves in when his parents decide to take a much needed vacation.
Emily Higgins
Paul Manning's wife dies after giving birth to their third child. Grief-stricken, he asks his wife's sister, Leah Baker, to step in to help him care for his children. A really good book.
Donna Halloran
I didn't love this one. The story was just a little creepy to me - wife dies in childbirth, sister takes over, sister and husband fall in love and marry in less than a year.
Rachel Rogers
Started this months ago but couldn't take it. Better with this read. A little repetitive, she harps on things a bit. Still, it was a pleasant, upbeat read.
Not much there for a story. Premise not believable that husband would love again so quickly after loss of wife he supposedly loved so much.
its blah. Already have it firgured out. it feels like her earlier work. not sure but it just doesn't pull me in and I love sappy romance.
While I'm sure that there's a remote chance of this happening, it seemed fanciful to me.
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