Parting Gifts (Homespun #30)
Marrying Maddie, a woman who works in a brothel in order to survive, widower Charles Lawson hopes to provide his three children with a loving mother until his terminal illness causes him to arrange a match between Maddie and his brother.
My goodness, what an emotional book! This story definitely played havoc with my emotions. I went from feeling happy to sad to frustrated to giddy. Occasionally it brought tears to my eyes.
The characters were wonderfully develop and extremely endearing, the plot well fleshed out and captivating. My only qualm about this book is that the three main characters refused to communicate with each other regarding some very important issues and other, less important issues that caused unneeded em...more
"Good. My children so enjoy gifts. It is my hope, Maddie, that you shall be the finest one I ever give them."
When i'm looking for something to get me out of a reading funk or maybe just a good Western, I always turn to Lorraine Heath. This is a stand alone book but this may be one of my favorites.
In Parting Gifts we meet Maddie, a girl who's come to the end of her struggle and has nothing else but her body to sell in order to eat and survive. She finds herself at Bevs standing on a table sellin...more
You will know what the outcome is pretty much from the first couple pages of chapter two but that doesn't matter the story was really good and there is a twist in the middle that I didn't expect.
I don't want to write a review with spoilers but the story is about a woman that has no skills, her father and brother have just been killed, she has sold her coat and shoes and has nothing e...more
First of all, if you do not feel like crying don't read this book, because i was crying my heart out.
Mostly this is a romance, but to me i got more out of it than just a love story.
This book questions life and what we as individuals can do to make most of it. Do we hold the reins of our life? Are we led just by our responsibilities and what are the right things to do? Is it the most logical choice the right on...more
This book was amazing.
Heath is known for her ability to tug at heart strings and write some profound tear-jerkers, and Parting Gifts is certainly "one of those".
A widower, Charles Lawson rescues Maddie from a brothel where she is about to surrender her body to the highest bidder. H...more
Meet the catalyst of the story - Charles, a man who has first hand experienced of that once in a l...more
On a side note, the new Kindle cover is SO much better! Its wonderful that LH's older books are now available on Kindle ( Along with the steamy covers!)
I won't go into the story line. These early books of Heath's have some clunkyness, but it's minor. She's a great writer of historical romance and I love her books that take place in Texas. She's got a great feel for the old fashioned cowboy life.
Keep the tissues close. Make sure you don't have to be anywhere for a while...more
Maddie walks into a brothel, because she has no other means of supporting herself and is desperate, where she meets Charles, who offers to marry her, so he can have a woman to hold at night, and a mother for his three children and she will always have a roof over her head and food in her belly.
This book is about dreams, gifts, generous and the gracious Charles, who I had a lit...more
Maddie is a desperate young women with a past hunting her. Her father and brother recently died and she can't provide for her self .. she goes to a brothel and there where she meet her rescuer ..
Charles is a widower who lives with his three young children and his elder brother "Jesse". They have an Inn which isn't paying will. so, they join their monies and Charles go to the city to by a flock. He steps into the brothel and ends spending his money and...more
Maddie is saved from working in a brother by Charles Lawson. He makes a huge bid for her virginity and then askes her to become his wife, but mostly, a mother to his children. Maddie, out of any optio...more
I loved this book, but I snot-sobbed cried through the last third...OMG talk about digging a knife into my heart and twisting!! Totally not the type of book I usually read, but I couldn't help myself and it was sooo soooooo good, but sooo soooooo sad! I knew this going in and read it anyway...glutton for punishment!
I cried ugly tears and bawled my eyes out...yay me for torturing myself!!
It really is a beautiful story though *sigh*
We have all the emotional factors we can count here:
orphaned little children
a girl forced to sell herself in order to survive
a brother in love with his brother's wife
as I said very emotional!
Now married, they return to his home where his 3 children and handsome older brother Jesse await. Oh yeah, Maddie has a dark past. Jesse is a former Texas Ranger. And Charles, he's only expected to live a few more months.....
I loved this book. It *alm...more
The plot is predicable, the villains are cartoonish and the resolution is sappy and sweet. There are some touching moments and also some TSTL moments. What really worked for me, though, is how well Lorraine Heath builds the tension a...more
If I had to use one word, I would use tepid. Nice heroine, nicer husband-in-name-only who stays alive too long, nice Hero, great kids, everyone is just so freaking NICE!
Angsty? Not really.
Sad? Kind of.
Wasted potential for a major tear-jerker? Yup.
It read to me like a watered-down version of The Fulfillment. Boy, there was some angst. A much better read, btw, if you're looking for brothers, babie...more
She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor® during which she received a kiss from Caesar Romero--Joker on the original Batman TV series) and a...more