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Silver Lining

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  1,764 ratings  ·  167 reviews
Hailed as "one of the best writers in the business" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, 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...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 4th 2000 by Ivy Books (first published 2000)
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Lisa Kay
★★★★★ Whoa, baby! (Baby being the operative word here!) Another great book by the exceptional Ms. Osborne. I just love the way she gets me to care about a different type of heroine. I can ache with them, yet not pity them. Watching them each transform in different ways is a pleasure.

Every cloud has a silver lining. ~ Proverb

In this one the heroine, Low Down, is definitely not your mainstream historical romance heroine. Instead she is a complex blend of an eternal positivist and someone suffe...more
What a pleasant surprise! Silver Lining has been wasting away on kindle for a while because I was never in the mood for it and, not knowing Maggie Osborne, didn’t have any expectations either. I can’t believe I had this in my possession without realizing what a gem of a book I owned.

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 ar...more
4.5 stars
"Every tub must stand on its own bottom. That's how I've always lived, standing on my own bottom."

Ain't that the truth! I loved Louise a/k/a Low Down - a strong, spirited, no-nonsense or complaining woman. Ms. Osbourne writes the best heroines. Louise is the star of this book and made it all worthwhile - it was kind of depressing in the beginning.

My son's teacher gave the class some interesting advice: Every woman is crazy; you just have to pick what kind of crazy you can live with. I...more
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 she wants 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 marria...more
This is my first novel by this very talented author and recommended to me by Jill and Denise. Thank you my GR friends...I loved it!

Without a doubt, my emotions were completely involved and the journey of Low Down and her transformation into Louise Downe is what held me captivated. This amazing heroine will forever be one of my favorites! Downtrodden yes, but filled with a remarkable resilience that I very much admired. And as the story unfolds her soul-wrenching admissions tore at my heart. I f...more
Maggie Osborne does it again and I remain a devoted fan after finishing this gem. There is no one like this author.

Silver Lining is a book about two main things:
1. The danger of judging people based on outward appearances, and
2. Transformation.

I won't rehash the plot of this book, but I will say that it begins with a woman named "Low Down" and ends with a woman named Louise McCord. Although in essence the woman is the same person, there is a definite transformation in her throughout the book th...more
I'm really not sure how to rate this book. Objectively, it was a very well-written and finely-tuned tale with excellent characterization, storytelling, and character development. However, I didn't really connect with or feel pulled in by the story and characters until about midway through the book. It may in part be my own fault for picking a story that clearly has an "other woman" built into the premise, which is a trope that I'm rather biased against. The hero is engaged to another woman when...more

Where do I start? "Low Down" nurses her fellow miners through a smallpox outbreak when no one else would. As a token of their gratitude they offer her "anything her heart desires", little knowing what was to come. After goading for her several moments she finally says she'd like to have a baby. She doesn't want marriage or a commitment, just a baby. Suddenly the miners and the local preacher take to this like duck to a water and the next thing Low Down knows, she's the prize...more
So I have decided to just do a Maggie Osborne glom. Her writing voice is simply speaking to me right now. Prior to my foray into her books, I hadn't read a western, Americana romance since...well... the late 80s maybe. I think maybe The Gamble by LaVyrle Spencer was my last one or close to it.

This one was just as wonderful as the other two. I think sometimes I get so exasperated with romance because the overwhelming majority of heroines are beautiful and no matter their issues or problems they...more
Jane Stewart
It’s a feel good story. Nicely done. I loved Louise.

Smallpox comes to a community of gold miners in Colorado. Low Down (Louise) is the only one who doesn’t get sick. She cares for all the sick men, cleaning up their vomit, feeding them, and insulting them to make them want to fight and live. They survive and owe her their lives. They ask her to name whatever she wants. They will give it to her. At first she declines, but in a moment of openness tells them her dream is to have her own...more
What a wonderful heartwarming story this was. Low Down/Louise was one of my favorite heroines ever! ....and I would say, Philadelphia was one of the worst self centered bitches ever written.
I see this story as a story of fate and how just one act can completely change the lives of so many. It shows how what we may think of the worst possible situation can actually turn out in the long run, to be the best thing that ever happen to us, if we open our eyes and see all the good things right in fr...more
♡Karlyn P♡
A fantastic romance, one of the best I've read all year. I am so going to find more books by this author. The heroine Louise/Low Down has to be one of the most original and likable heroines ever written, and Max was such a great match for her.
Jess the Romanceaholic
Re-read March 2011

This is a quickie review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

This book is like hot macaroni and cheese. It's like meatloaf and mashed potatoes. It's like an ice cream sundae with extra fudge and whipped cream. In other words, this book is literary comfort food. *contented sigh*

This book has so many of the things I love in a romance novel. There's a tom-boy, downtrodden heroine, a forced marriage, a love triangle, hard decisions, and a love that builds so slowly...more
Michelle R.
Truly one of my better recent reads and perhaps one of my top romance reads ever which is almost completely due to the heroine.

Louise/Low Down hasn't had an easy life or any practical knowledge of how to be a lady. Our hero marries her, because he does the equivalent of draw the short straw. A group of men in a mining camp owe Low Down their lives and tell her she can have whatever she wants. She finally and reluctantly tells them that she wants a baby. She didn't technically ask for a husband,...more
dah lama baca ni ibuk tapi baru inget buat nulis ripiunya pas nemu ni buku di GR..
ceritanya tentang MOC...heroine nya bernama Louise Downe atau biasa dipanggil Low Down...Low Down yatim piatu dan tinggal bareng pendeta sebagai sukarelawan di suatu desa kecil (lupa namanya)...
suatu hari ada sekelompok pendaki gunung yang terkena wabah cacar dan dirawat oleh Low Down...sampai akhirnya kelima orang ini sembuh dan mereka amat berterima kasih ama si Lou Down...mereka iseng nanya gimana nih caranya bu...more
One of the best historical westerns I’ve read, a story that I won’t forget in a very long time. It’s about two people forced to get married and do the best they can about all the problems their marriage is causing, while slowly falling in love with each other. It sounds like a standard plot but it was not. The writing was flawless (I loved author’s style) and the story made feel all kinds of emotions. The hero did nothing for me but I loved, loved the heroine.
HERO does not have a defined type,...more
I really enjoyed this western historical romance. The main characters LowDown/Louise and Max marry early in the book and there aren't big misunderstandings or what have you that drive them apart. There was plenty of tension and conflict in that Max had been in love with and engaged to another woman up until he was honor bound to marry Louis. But they were together learning to make their marriage work while the other situation played out.

Characterization was good all around and the secondary cha...more
Oh my word, did I love this book. I cracked it planning to just read a bit before going to visit my mom and ended up staying home and reading straight through. I loved the strength of character Louise had and how tempered it was by her insecurities. And the angst! Oh lordy, did Max ever wrestle with himself over the decisions he made. Just delicious.
Miranda Davis
Aug 20, 2013 Miranda Davis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Miranda by: Jill
4.5 on the Maggie Osborne Awesomeness scale, with Promise of Jenny Jones being an incomparable 5 (well, I'd give that 10 if I could). 5 stars compared to the rest in the vast, book-filled world.

Just finished a more recent Regency, A Lady Awakened, and this has the same ‘heroine needs/wants a baby, hero is the man who pledges to provide it’ premise. Whereas ALA is exquisite, subtle and restrained, this is a booming, hearty story of unexpected outcomes about as subtle as the heroine herself. And j...more
Wow.. What took me so long to read this book?!?! I absolutely loved Low Down/Louise.. This author did a fantastic job of actually making a heroine with a backbone and NOT mistaking backbone with bitchy. There were so many emotions packed into this book, I never cried but it was very close a couple times and there were several times that I literally laughed out loud. Max was a fantastic H also.. I would have liked if we would have been in his head a little more so we see him coming around towards...more
Heroine: Louise Downe aka Low Down
No background. No family. Doesn't have finesse and grace in her body. A low, good for nothing girl who drifts in an ocean of cruelty trying to find a place she can call her own.
Her courage, temper, wisdom and strength give me something to ponder. Is she an amazon girl or just plain stupid? Because no way a girl can stand outside for hours herding cattle and beeves with chattering teeth and blister hands two times everyday. Maybe she's both, cause I can't see ho...more
I recieved this book in a mixed romance box of books from e-bay and I never thought that I would read it. I had never heard of Maggie Osborne before and from reading the back of the book I could see the the heroine's name was Low Down and I just couldn't see how I would like that, relate to someone with such a stupid After reading some incouraging remarkes about the book on Amazon I decided to give it a try and I'm glad I did. I was completely intertained through the whole book, loved t...more
I love Maggie Osborne's romances because her heroines are tough and strong and prove why they're worthy of love. The love between hero and heroine evolves while they learn about eachother rather than being a product of lust. Her stories are always humorous and touching with secondary characters that add to the story rather than take away.

Silver Lining is no exception. We start with a heroine called "Low Down" - a woman prospecting for gold in the mountains who is so filthy you can't even tell wh...more
Si tuviera en frente a M.Osborne le daría un beso en los morros primero y después dos tortas por dejarme el libro sin 100 páginas más de esta preciosa historia. ¿Por qué se ha tenido que acabar?
Lo ha vuelto a hacer: una historia sencilla con personajes, que al principio no son muy atractivos, se transforma en algo grande y con protagonistas que te enamoran.
Me ha encantado Low Down, me he reído y llorado con ella. Qué bonito libro! Para releer seguro.
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
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Bravo, brava!
This author knows how to make a heroine I can love.
Lately, I find myself loving the heroes more than the heroines, almost as a rule. This feels strange for me, because the bottom line is this-I am a female. I WANT to connect to the heroine. :/

On the other hand, this author also has a flare for something that is not so run of the mill-layered villains that are not dead and buried in the end. No. She even dares give them happy endings, or something of the sort.

I have stated before th...more
I was utterly blown away by this book. It was unpredictable and I loved it. Low Down/Louise turned out to be a jewel. Max seems like a wonderful man. Honestly the growth of all the characters was awesome. Ms. Osborne described everyone perfectly. I could visualize them. I felt the shift of emotions as I read.

The magic of day to day life and seeing one's true character allowed Low Down to transform and truly become Louise Downe McCord. She tried to have a gruff exterior but she was a little girl...more
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Wicked Incognito Now
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, despite a one-dimensional villianess and a ridiculously contrived beginning designed to create a situation in which these two main characters were thrown together in an unwanted marriage.

After the initial set-up, I fell into a story that was refreshing and lovely. Usually, the heroines of these stories are beautiful and shy and definitely silly. This heroine was disgusting enough that 65 mining camp men couldn't imagine bedding her to fulfill her wish for a child...more
Beatriz Valle
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Maggie Osborne is the author of I Do, I Do, I Do and Silver Lining, as well as more than forty contemporary and historical romance novels written as Maggie Osborne and Margaret St. George. She has won numerous awards from Romantic Times, Affaire de Coeur, BookraK, the Colorado Romance Writers, and Coeur du Bois, among others. Osborne won the RITA for long historical from the...more
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