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The Bride of Willow Creek

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  282 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Determined to put her past behind her and get on with her life, Angelina Bartoli Holland heads for the Colorado mining town of Willow Creek intending to divorce the husband she hasn't seen since marrying him as a teenager ten years before. But when finances force Angie and Sam to set up housekeeping together, they gradually realize that they have somehow fallen in love wit ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 2nd 2001 by Ivy Books (first published 2001)
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I will never figure out how this Maggie O, got by me, but I am glad I found it. No one writes Americana like she does, IMO. The time placement is at the end of the 1800's in Chicago and then in Colorado. Angie and Sam Holland met when she was 16 and Sam was 18 and they decided they were in love. So they go get married without Angie's parents permission. Then when it is revealed what they have done, they are separated by her parents, but also by their own immaturity and not really having known on ...more
Jane Stewart
2 stars. This is weak. Her other books are better.

Ten years ago when Angie was 16, she and Sam secretly married and then told her father. The father said Sam would never amount to anything and told Angie to go to her room. She did. Sam left the house and waited a while, but she never came out. So he left town. They had no contact for ten years. Now Angie’s parents have died and left her nothing to live on. She has a small amount of money and travels to Willow Creek to ask Sam to pay
Jun 17, 2013 JiEun rated it it was ok

I picked up this book because I really enjoyed this author's Silver Lining. However, this one just did not hit the same note with me. I think the main issues I had with this book were: (1) I do not tolerate infidelity, and (2) I don't tolerate whiny, stubborn characters.

Angie and Sam eloped when Angie was 16 and Sam was probably not much older. Angie is the daughter of a brick mason who thought that carpenter Sam was not good enough for his daughter. So, on the night of their e
Jan 28, 2012 Victoria rated it really liked it
I love Maggie Osborne books. She is such a great storyteller, and her western-romance books are the most entertaining, hilarious, fresh, and unique stories out there. Having said that, The Bride of Willow Creek is another fascinating book by MO, but not her most memorable one. I loved the main characters Angie and Sam, and also the two little girls, Daisy and Lucy. The way MO weaves children's characters into her stories is truly outstanding. All in all, not a bad read, but definitely not as goo ...more
Mar 19, 2015 Charlie rated it it was ok
This was a somewhat painful book to finish, but it was mercifully short.

The main issue was the convoluted plot twists - 10 year estrangement of husband/wife because of a ridiculously minor misunderstanding, people winning gold digging lotteries, people fervently fighting for kids who aren't theirs, etc.

Would have expected more from an author whose previous books I read were entertaining and almost inspirational.

Also I hated the 'Italians are passionate' stereotype. At least one star was lost sol
MB (What she read)
I found the man's stubborn personality to be a real problem. Angie didn't bother me after the first. She was young and made mistakes. I grew to admire her determination to do right and liked her feistiness. But I really don't think his stubborness was ultimately honorable. (view spoiler) ...more
May 31, 2015 Veronica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Delusa, mi aspettavo di meglio. La storia è scialba e i personaggi non mi fanno impazzire, a parte la figlioletta di Sam. Tutt'altro che memorabile.
May 29, 2014 Iza marked it as gave-up-on
Can't read this. I've reached only 3% of the book and I already hate that woman.
Jul 30, 2016 Mara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
An unpleasant hero who wronged 2 different women out of misplaced pride (?).
Alina Radu
Jun 22, 2015 Alina Radu rated it really liked it
I liked it. I reread it anytime
Sedoo Ashivor
I'd have rated this one two stars. The writing's very good but the story itself is poor. However, the ending warmed my heart and upgraded the story to a three-star for me. I still took too long a time finishing it, especially with this year's challenge breathing down my neck.
Aug 09, 2016 kate rated it really liked it
A reread for me and thank god I still liked it. Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking the first time I reviewed a book. But Maggie Osborne seems to hold up better then most for me.
Jan 01, 2014 Feminista marked it as never-to-read
Beatriz Valle
Aug 18, 2013 Beatriz Valle rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-for-me
A shame. So far every Osborne book had been a gift from heaven. Not this time. I couldn't even finish it... she was so imbecile, so annoying
Jan 16, 2013 Saydada rated it it was ok
I love Maggie Osborne's writing.

But I find it impossible to fall in love with the hero,Sam. That's why I gave 2 stars.
Ana T.
Oct 04, 2008 Ana T. added it
I enjoy Osborne stories and
this one had a very determined heroine.
Nov 13, 2015 Megan rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read that kept me absorbed the whole time I read it.
Kelly Boyce
Dec 29, 2012 Kelly Boyce rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge Maggie Osborne fan and always enjoy her books.
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Apr 29, 2012 Carrie marked it as to-read
Shelves: library-has-copy
Cheap at ubs.
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Margaret St. George

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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