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Silver Lining

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  3,863 Ratings  ·  376 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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Mo
Jun 08, 2015 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aw, I really loved this one.

“All my life I dreamed of having someone think I was beautiful.”



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."



Louise Downe (Low Down) was such a strong heroine. She didn't back down from what she wanted and she wasn't going to change her ways to suit anyone. Louise is vulner
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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
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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 suf
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Danielle

“If she wanted a baby, she had to follow wherever her husband’s privates went, regardless of where she might want to go.”


Well, this was something.

Silver Lining was full of some belly-aching amusement, a slow-burning romance, human relationships, and life on a ranch in the 1800’s.

I’ve been enjoying these oldie Western romances: long, but layered stories that really drag you into a different world. Something that contemporary romances are really lacking these days being more focused on sex tha
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Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
May 23, 2016 Tink Magoo is bad at reviews rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tink Magoo is bad at reviews by: Nuki
One of my all time favourite films is Calamity Jane (and The Goonies but that's beside the point). Calamity and Low Down are so similar (that was a major factor in how much I liked this book), they prefer trousers, like to drink liquor and do 'men's' work. You won't see them in dresses sitting around sewing and just generally looking dainty. No. Even the thought of that disturbs them. But because they're different the men don't look at them as women or womanly. They're not ladies in any sense th ...more
Crista
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
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Jane Stewart
Feb 18, 2012 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it
It’s a feel good story. Nicely done. I loved Louise.

STORY BRIEF:
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
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Pamela(AllHoney)
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
KatLynne
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
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[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
Feb 17, 2016 [~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥ rated it really liked it
4 stars

I don't even know how to rate this book. Louise is by far one of the most amazing heroine I've ever read in a very long time. There wasn't a time I wasn't routing for her. The other characters on the other hand were debatable and the plot in some ways felt like a soap opera. This wasn't as action packed as MOs other book I read but I found it more emotional and the pace of their relationship is exactly how romance should be written.
♡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.
Zumbagirl
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
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Foxfire
Jun 17, 2013 Foxfire rated it it was ok
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Audrey
May 11, 2012 Audrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
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
Tina
Apr 02, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it
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
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SheLove2Read
Feb 09, 2009 SheLove2Read rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers
I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK!

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
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Oana
My favorite historical western romance til date. That is all.
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
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Denise
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
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Nefise
I'm so glad that I have chosen to read this book at the right time. It was so heart warming, so poignant, yet very charming and lovely story.

I loved all the characters. All of them had their important roles in the story. Low Down or Louise was very lovable and imo, most importantly she was a very honorable character. It was impossible not to like her. Also I like her new family and their attitude towards doing right thing whatever the consequence. Even Philedalphia added an interesting contribut
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Jacqueline
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
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Krissy
Very enjoyable! I loved that Low Down and Max wasn't an insta-love situation. They grew into their love as they got to know each other. It was a nice change of pace. And who doesn't love it when the "ugly" girl gets the guy? I just wished Wally would have told Philadelphia to shove it at the end. What a horrible character she was!

Miranda Davis
Mar 29, 2013 Miranda Davis rated it it was amazing
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
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Veeta
Nov 05, 2010 Veeta rated it really liked it
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
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Michelle Rever
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,
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Carisa
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,
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Ridley
Mar 24, 2011 Ridley rated it it was amazing
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.
Jennifer Leighton
This book captured my attention from the very first page, as did the rough around the edges heroine Louise aka Low Down. Such a great character! She truly had a heart of gold. Highly recommend if you're looking for a unique storyline and a funny/heartwarming/tender read.
Hollie
4.5 stars

This was a historical romance that never even felt dated. It maintained a modern feel throughout. I loved the badass heroine Louise "Low Down". Every single character felt realistic and genuine. the plot was never dull. I look forward to checking out more of this writer's work.
Punya Nayak
May 24, 2016 Punya Nayak rated it really liked it
Recommended to Punya by: Nuki
Silver lining is a historical romance story set in the late 1800s. Our hero, Max has gone to a mining camp to pan for gold leaving his fiancee and his ranch to spend a few months trying to understand what it was that always drew his late father to this profession. But a smallpox epidemic hits the camp and heroine Low Down is the only one ready to nurse those stricken. Many die but those men surviving are so grateful to Low Down that they ask her to name her greatest wish in life and they'll give ...more
Nicky
Apr 19, 2012 Nicky rated it really liked it
Shelves: married, witchy-ow
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
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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
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“All my life I dreamed of having someone think I was beautiful.” 58 likes
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